Most likely, the answer is yes. If your dog is skittish or aggressive towards other dogs or people, then the answer may be no. Sometimes dogs do better when they’re away from their homes and owners, allowing them to relax and not be in protective or territorial mode. We also offer training to those who wish to pursue it. We can discuss this at more length during our initial meet & greet as well.
Dog Hiking Services
Exercise, Freedom & Socialization...
Pickup & drop-off right from your home
You‘re busy…but your dog isn’t
That’s where we come in.
We’ll take your dog off your hands and treat them to a day of running free through the woods with a furry pack of friends each day.
What are Active Dog Nature Hikes?
Our nature hikes are like school for dogs, giving them time to socialize, exercise and get the lead out!
The hikes include one our full time staff emailing you each morning with an expected pickup window for your dog at your home, a 60-90 minute group hike on one of our three large parcels of privately owned land and photos or videos of your dog in action posted online every time they hike with us!
We are proud to add that we now own over 650 acres of land to hike with our clients’ dogs on, making us the largest dog hiking company in New England.
We currently service northern Westchester County, NY, southern Duthchess County, NY and southern Fairfield County, CT.
Yes, if he or she has decent recall and likes to socialize with other dogs. We often start dogs on leash so they learn the routine – pickup, hike with friends, go home to their family. Most dogs thrive in the “pack” environment. While not all dogs graduate to off leash hikes with Active Dog, well over 90% do.
We hike in almost all weather conditions, with the exception of hurricanes and snow conditions calling for three or more inches of snow in the forecast. Clients can cancel or adjust services at anytime prior to 7 PM at no charge for the following day’s services.
It doesn’t happen often, but we have a list of specific protocols we follow. We have also partnered with Fi, a GPS and activity monitoring collar company, which many of our clients have purchased for their dog’s safety.
On average, most clients send their dogs out 2-3 days a week, typically following a MWF or Tu/Th schedule. Some clients opt to send their dog(s) seven days a week, while others opt for one. We strongly recommend our hikers join us a minimum of two times per week, preferably on a recurring schedule. This gives your dog the opportunity to become familiar and comfortable with several staff members, as well as gain familiarity and friendships with the same pack of dogs each week. Just like children, routine and consistency is key for dogs. We believe when they join us regularly it makes for a safer environment for everyone!
Once you’ve completed the new client form, our founder, Eric Bleile, will reach out to set up a meeting at your home. Eric will bring his dog to the meet and greet to get an idea of how your dog interacts with another dog, as well as review all services offered in person.
*During Covid-19, the meet and greets will be held outside. Eric will abide by social distancing standards and wear a mask at all times.
Either Eric or another Active Dog staff member meet with all new clients at their homes before starting services to make sure the client and dog are a good and safe fit for the company and our staff. We also will like go over everything in person and start a relationship with the new prospective client. Questions such as which door to go to for pickup and drop off, where does your dog sleep, how will we get into the house if no one is home, what veterinarian do you use, is your dog up to date on all vaccinations, do you have an electric fence and going over the Time To Pet software are a few examples of the questions and details covered in the meetings.
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Cooper (2x), Dale, Bizzy, MeiMei, Sunny, Molly, Tucker, Pippi, Lola, Dasher, Leone, and Duncan were loving this warm Fall hike!! 🥾🐶☀️🌳🐕 ... See MoreSee Less
Maple, Beca, Betty, Buffy, Molly, Kodiak, Rosie, Sven, Wellie, Wembley, Murray, Zeus and Sam enjoying the beautiful day on the trails!☀️🐾🤍 ... See MoreSee Less
Beautiful Monday morning hike with Samba, Kismet, Izzy, Tilly, Maya, Taco, Lucky, Sugar, Beau, Milo, Ryder, Payton, Waffles, Panda, Tucker, Zane, Gatsby, Wally and Porter! 🐾 🐶 ... See MoreSee Less
Happy Birthday Molly 💕🐾 ... See MoreSee Less
An excellent way to spend a Sunday afternoon. We had an absolutely beautiful hike out today! 🌞🌲🐾☀️
Trailblazing today is Laska, Ruthie, Bauer, Grace, Theo and Sauce! 🐕💨 ... See MoreSee Less
A perfect fall day with Rosie, Cosmo, Riggins, Beca, Betty, Rocket, Daisy, Finn & Hook 🐶😎 ... See MoreSee Less
sunday FUNDAY with Finn, Beca, Betty, Hook, Cosmo, Riggins, Rosie, Rocket & Daisy 🐶🌲🦋🐾❤️🥾😎🌈 ... See MoreSee Less
⭐️Dog(s) of the Week⭐️ MABEL & PEARL
Mabel started hiking with AD about 2 years ago and her little sister Pearl joined a year later. They make the sweetest golden duo, and though they love their pack mates, they spend most of their hikes wrestling with each other! Mabel was a little apprehensive when her energetic little sister first came home, but it didn’t take long before the two became the best of friends! Mabel and Pearl are inseparable! They do have their differences though. Pearl is always first out the door when the AD van pulls up, whereas Mabel takes a moment to wake up from her nap before making her way to the door. Pearl likes to spend her van ride playing while Mabel prefers to relax right behind the driver seat. This is where the differences end though! These girls hike alike! While out on the trails Mabel and Pearl love to cover lots of ground! They don’t stop moving and only slow down to partake in a game of Tug of War, usually with each other, or play in a mud puddle. Though they love their blonde fur, they enjoy seeing what it’s like to be brunettes for the day. Mabel and Pearl are as fun as they are loving and we are so happy they are a part of our AD family! Congratulations Mabel and Pearl!!! 💛💛 ... See MoreSee Less
Sunday Fun day!🌿🌳🐶🪵☀️ Maisie, Roxy, Harley, Wally, Oscar, Addy, Pawzy, Jeter, Cooper and Penny!❤️ ... See MoreSee Less
Sunny Sunday ☀️ Maya, Taco, Kismet, Izzy, Sophie, Lucky, Samba, Sugar, Tilly, Tucker, Payton, Waffles, Gatsby, Wally, Ryder, Panda, Mylo, Angus, Zane, Kairo, Milo, Beau and Porter! ... See MoreSee Less
A peaceful Sunday hike through the woods without rain, finally! ☀️🌲😁
Enjoying the dryer trails is Paws, Pawsy, Theo, Ruthie, Sauce, Penny, Cooper, Yogi, Stewie and Jeter! 🐕🐾 ... See MoreSee Less
Saturday hikers!🐾 Beca, Betty, Molly, Joey, Rocco, Daisy, Rocket, Gator and Radar!☔️ ... See MoreSee Less
The rain won’t stop this fun!!!🌧️🐶🌳🪵🌿 Maisie, Roxy, Jojo, Bauer, Billy, Franky, Bailey, Harley, Sunny, Zane, Kairo, Izzy, Walter and Payton!❤️ ... See MoreSee Less
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After the flood, the fun begins! Super Saturday with Gigi, Grizzy, Dooner, Riva, Samba, Cosmo, Riggins, Rosie, Leo, and Porter!!🐕💨🗻🐾❤️😁 ... See MoreSee Less
Dodging raindrops ☔️ 💧 Bella, Maya, Sugar, Taco, Sophie, Lucky, Gatsby, Angus, Panda, Mylo, Beau, Ryder, Wally, Waffles and Milo! ... See MoreSee Less
Rain or shine these puppies always have a blast! ☔️🧡🐾 Coco, Grace, Louise, Eleanor, Joey, Rocco, Jaxon, Peter! 🐾🧡☔️ ... See MoreSee Less
🚨New pup alert!🚨 Dispite all this rain, these pups were an absolute ray of sunshine in welcoming our new friend Melo to the AD Trails! Welcome to the pack Melo, we're happy to have you!! 🐶🌧⛰️ with Melo, Dakota, Bean, Zues, Daisy, Kitta, Eva, Simba, Kismet and Ziggy ... See MoreSee Less
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Messy but happy!
Rainy day adventures with Rosie, Mac, Boo, Moose, Churro, Cassius, Zeus, and Rocky!! 🌦️🌎🍂🥾 ... See MoreSee Less
Today was a wild one! Not just the weather! The pack really got their hike on! 💧😁🐕🐾🌲
Braving the storm today we have Billy, Sauce, Theo, Ruthie, Lola, Lucy, Willie, Frodo, Freddy Krueger, Trixie and Willa! ... See MoreSee Less
I can assure you, it’s almost impossible to catch a case of the rainy day blues when you have an awesome pack to hype you up ☔️❤️🐶🥾🐾
Say hello to this playful crew: Raven, Cocoa, Cookie, Auggie & Luna ... See MoreSee Less
Friday hike with Solo, Georgie, Maxx, Beca, Betty, Buffy, Molly, and Ryder! Have a great weekend! 🌧❤️🐶🐾 ... See MoreSee Less
🌧️A dreary day made bright by these pups!🌧️
Jet, Cooper, Cammy, Rip, Hetty, Jojo, Millie, Sydney, and Emmie! ... See MoreSee Less
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I love dogs 😍🐶❤️🐶
I love you guys 😽😽😽😽
These pups didn't let the rain dampen their spirits! 🌧🐕🐾🐶
Bear, Winnie, Zoe, Sota, Renzo and Pilot! ... See MoreSee Less
Friday rain crew! 🌧️🍂💦🐾 Sheldon, Clover, Tsunami, Gretchen, Stanley, Yogi, Fritz, Teddy, Iko, Stepper, and Martha! ... See MoreSee Less
Rain or shine, these pups are having a great time!☔️ Dale, Bizzy, MeiMei, Marlin, Molly, Daisy, Rocket, Nelson and Cory! ... See MoreSee Less
Friday Hikers! 🐩🐶☔️🐕🌧️
🐾Clementine, Winston, Gordie, Ruby, Pepper, Millie, Tilly, and Winston!🐾 ... See MoreSee Less
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Good morning my dear friend Our faithfully best friend in life love you from India
It's raining cats and dogs, but these dogs don't seem to mind! 🌧🐕🐾 Fun Friday with Ivy, Jake, Jeter, Molly, Oscar, Pawzy, Spencer and Wally. ... See MoreSee Less
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I spot my furry nephew - Jake 🐾
No one is happier than doggies in a deluge!! Scupper, Jax, Colin, Grizzy, Kody, Tucker, Maple, Rory, Titan, Lucy, Cooper, Kaia, Darcy, and Bowie were today’s paddling pups!💦🏊♀️😁❤️🐾🐕 ... See MoreSee Less
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