SolentK9

November 2011

"I have known Jo for many years and would highly recommend her. Jo is a very knowledgeable and experienced person in the dog world having been involved with dogs and horses most of her life. She is a very reliable and caring person and I would not hesitate to leave my dogs in her care, they are always so very pleased to see Jo."

Lyn Dubois, Gosport, Hampshire

Qualified Trainer with A.P.D.T, Registered Trainer and Assessor with A.D.T.B, Trainer for Canine Communications

December 2011

Jo has been walking my terrier, Barney, for me for the last three weeks. I know her and her own dogs well and she was my ideal choice when I needed help giving Barney controlled exercise whilst I have been at work. She has been reliable and because Barney is recouperating after treatment for muscle injuries, I have been able to state the requirement for each walk, any concerns I may have, with confidence it will be adhered to. I have then had reliable feedback as to how he has gone after each walk, enabling me to monitor his progress.

I have no problem at all in recommending Jo to anyone who requires a dog walker, for what ever reason, and hasn't the benefit of knowing some one experienced.

Barney can also be prone to being unpredictable with some dogs, and I have had every confidence that Jo would cope with any eventuality.

I would/will definately use Jo again

Loraine Chadwick, Portchester, Hampshire

April 2012

Dear Jo

Thank you for all week, you’ve taken very good care of my dog Bastiene. He’s been very calm in the mornings when I had to leave him on his own at home. So this tells me that he is relaxing at home after the first day walking with you. “Brilliant job”. He settles very well during the night which signals that he had long walks during the day. I would like to thank you for this and would like to use your service in the future.

Katerina Grafova, Leigh park, Hampshire

June 2012

Hi! My name is Oscar I am a 4 months old Black Labrador.

I would like to tell you about my experience with Solent K9.

My owners have to go out to work every day to help pay for my food, toys and puppy classes. During the day this lovely lady called Jo comes in and takes me for visits and walks in her van, otherwise I would be a very lonely and bored puppy. Sometimes she brings me friends to play with. Jo always has lovely treats in her pocket, and all I have to do is sit, lie down or give her my paw and she gives them to me. Every week she teaches me a new trick and I get more treats...I love Jo!!

Jo either takes me out for lovely walks all different places or she takes me to Puppy Romp classes where I get to spend time with other puppies my age.

My owners say I am a very well behaved dog and they think it is down to Jo showing me the puppy ropes.

I would have no difficulty in recommending owners to let Jo play with their dogs, as long as she brings them round to play with me!!!

Love Oscar x

Karen Read, Havant, Hampshire

June 2012

Jo has been walking Ella for two weeks now. We are really happy with the way their relationship is developing. Ella is clearly happy with Jo. She no longer barks when Jo enters the house whilst we are out. She is definitely getting enough exercise, sleeping through the night without waking us up to go out. Jo always locks the house up after walking Ella and comes across very professional, so we do not have any concerns or worries. Thanks Jo!

Nic Aylard, Widley, Hampshire

October 2012

Dear Jo

My owner is out, so I thought I'd hop on her laptop and say thank you for all the lovely walks we've had recently. I don't mind admitting that me and my owner were a bit sad when my last dog walker moved away, but that was before you came and met us!

When I get left in the morning, I just curl up for a nap knowing that you'll be there soon to take me out for a lovely walk, and if I'm lucky a ride in the van! I'm not sure which is my favourite, when we play ball, or when I get to run around with my friends in the park! It's nice you send my owner photos too, because now she doesn't worry about whether or not I'm ok while she's at work - She can tell I'm happy!

Well, now it's time for my Sunday afternoon nap, but I can't wait to see you tomorrow for more fun and games!

Thank you for looking after me so well,

Woof woof,

Harry the Lurcher

Andrea Hazle, Emsworth, Hampshire

November 2012

Jo has been an incredible addition to our family life! A new puppy is such fun and so exciting. Jo has helped us to train Martha and provided much needed support and counsel to make sure that we are doing the right thing.

Martha has developed into a loving family pet, who has adjusted to our busy lifestyle. Jo provides us with dog walking and home visits that ensure we provide Martha with all the love and attention she needs.

Rob & Julia Kissane, Havant, Hampshire

July 2013

Jo is extremely professional. I have never had a dog walker before and was extremely worried about trusting my dog to another person. Jo came highly recommended to me by a friend (Harry the Lurcher). Jo is always on time, her van and cages are well kept, and she always provides variety in her walks. The photo’s are great too!

She was flexible when I moved house. Scooby gets to meet up with Harry the Lurcher on his walks. Harry is his best friend, so I’m so glad they are together. Scooby can be shy with people, but now tries to get passed her to run to her van, ready for his walk! The last bit says it all really! If Scooby is happy, then so am I.

Katy Le Gris and Scooby, Hayling Island, Hampshire

July 2013

I cannot say thank you enough to Jo for her exceptional service. Our two Springer Spaniels adore her! When we arrive home from work our dogs are sleepy and happy – we always find a note from Jo to tell us how they were during her visit and where they went to play for their hour walk that day, which is really reassuring. Jo was professional from the start and came to meet us and our dogs, showing us that all insurance documents were in place and getting to know our babies and our requirements, and explaining her own role, before the first walk!

She has a genuine love of dogs and I trust her completely with both of ours. Jo has been a blessing when dealing with our changeable shift patterns at work and our last minute requests by text or email for her to fit a walk in for us if we’re called-in at short notice. Jo has helped introduce us to local trainers and other exciting doggie events like Sheepballs. We really couldn’t be without her help and recommend her highly for dog-walking and late night dog sitting. Thank you!

Sarah Tilley, Bedhampton, Hampshire

March 2014

We welcomed Jess, our rescue collie, into our family nearly a year ago and Jo has been there supporting us since day one. Jess was shy with us at first and very aggressive with strangers but she took to Jo very quickly and was out walking with her in the first week. The regular walking with Jo and the other dogs has really helped Jess relax and enjoy her new home.

We have variable schedules with work and Jo is always happy to be as flexible as possible. Jess enjoys her walks and we are happy knowing that Jo has a wealth of experience that she applies when looking after her.

Siobhan and Will Edwards-Bannon, Farlington, Hampshire

March 2014

Jo has been as godsend to us, she is utterly reliable, professional, caring, safe and sensible and above all, she is brilliant with our energetic puppy. I cannot recommend Jo highly enough....she has made our hectic lives manageable and our dog adores her. If you need a dog walker I would look no further than Jo.

Maggie March, Havant, Hampshire

March 2014

Jo has been walking my dog Darcy for around six months now. From the first meeting until now the whole experience has been great. I work shifts and sometimes have to arrange walks at short notice and Jo has been very flexible around this. Darcy always comes back having enjoyed her walks and when we are at work for the day I can have peace of mind that Jo will come in, take Darcy out and she will be exercised for the day. I can't recommend Jo highly enough.

Chris Akass. Havant, Hampshire

March 2014

Woody absolutely loves his walks with Jo. He is a big, strong and dominant lad but Jo is so experienced and has such a natural way with dogs that she is not phased! She ensures that he has lots of different experiences and lots of fun and exercise. It's great to receive the photographs of him on his walks and we really appreciate the notes left with details of what he gets up to and useful information such as behaviour. It's such a relief to know that Woody is in great hands while we're away and Jo has been brilliant regarding last minute walks due to our shift changes. Woody is looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Brian & Hannah Stemp, Denvilles, Hampshire

March 2014

To say Jo walks my 7 month old lab Simba is not a clear reflection of the job she does for us. I am a first time owner and needed Simba to have regular care and stimulation when I was not available to provide it, Jo has helped me with dog care guidance, recommended real quality dog training, and won over the love of our lovely Simba.

He not only goes mad when he sees her at home but when he notices her van drive passed he tries to run after it!!

I am always kept informed of the activities Jo does with Simba and she works hard to tailor her visits to fit in with his routine and current health.

When I return home from work Simba is always settled and relaxed which is, to me a great indication he is well cared for and happy and that for me means everything.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Jo to friends, her knowledge and clear love of her job is invaluable.

Jess Linsley, Denvilles, Emsworth, Hampshire

March 2015

We have used SolentK9 for the last 4 months and have been nothing short of amazed with the service they provide.

Me and my partner both work a 9 hour day, so we decided to get a dog walker. Jo came and met us the same evening I initially phoned, coming round at 8pm considering I called at 6pm.

She immediately came across as trustworthy, professional and very organised.

We couldn't put a price on the peace of mind knowing our dog was having fun in safe hands.

Beyond this we had a leak in the bathroom one day and Jo's quick thinking and hasty communication saved us a considerable amount of expense.

We would both strongly recommend the services of SolentK9 to anybody considering trusting their beloved pet to Jo our dog walker.

John Hayes Denvilles, Emsworth, Hampshire

August 2015

We welcomed Jess, our rescue collie, into our family 2 years ago and Jo has been there supporting us since day one. Jess was shy with us at first and very aggressive with strangers but she took to Jo very quickly and was out walking with her in the first week. Jo has used her experience and training to help Jess become more calm and relaxed with strangers. Jess is now happy socialising with other dogs. The regular walking with Jo has provided Jess with routine and has improved her socialization with other dogs. We have variable schedules with work and Jo is always happy to be as flexible as possible. Jess enjoys her walks and we are happy knowing that Jo has a wealth of experience that she applies when looking after her.

Siobhan and Will Edwards-Bannon, Farlington, Hampshire

September 2015

Tilly is our first dog and due to a change of work circumstances I needed to find someone who could walk her 2 - 3 days a week whilst we were at work. I found Jo's details and contacted her. Jo and Sarah came to meet Tilly and myself and straight away I felt that I would be happy leaving Tilly in their care. Tilly is cared for 2-3 days a week by Jo and Sarah and I enjoy coming home and reading the report that they leave letting me know what Tilly has been up to! She is mixing well with the other dogs and I feel a lot happier leaving her knowing she is in good hands whilst we're at work.

Helen Couzens, Rowlands Castle, Hampshire

September 2015

SolentK9 are a trustworthy and professional service. My lurcher loves going for walks with them. He has made lots of doggie friends and he is more tired in the evenings. My dogs love SolentK9 and I am happy in knowledge that he is very safe hands. I wholeheartedly recommend them, and I am fussy about who walks my special little boy!

Gemma Palmer, Emsworth, Hampshire

November 2015

Jo has been a fantastic help to us this past year with walking our dog Roxy. Any last minute changes to schedule or adding in evening walks Jo has been able to accommodate our very busy schedule. Roxy enjoys her walks and has made lots of new friends, which we get to see and hear about when Jo leaves a friendly note or from the pictures and videos we receive by email. The care and attention she gives Roxy means that we can go to work knowing that she is in good hands and so would definitely recommend Jo if you are looking for a dog walker.

Charlotte Kennan, Bedhampton, Hampshire

February 2016

Hi We are Benson a 6 year old Black Lab and Marley a 4 year old Yellow Lab. Both our mum and dad have to work so we go to Nanny and Grand-dad's two or three times a week. When we are there Jo or Sarah have come to take us out for the last couple of months, we have gone to some new places where we have had either a long walk or run which we love doing. We wait by the front door for the bell to ring and then it's of to the van for a short trip to where ever we are going that day. We have enjoyed our time with Jo and Sarah and look forward to going again.

Thank you for taking us out.

Love Benson and Marley.

Mandy Harber, Bedhampton, Hampshire

November 2016

Since moving to Emsworth we have been using Solentk9 for our little Yorkshire Terrier called Kiko. Jo and Laura have been great and very helpful from the start, Kiko loves going on walks with his friends and loves the variation of walks from the parks to the beach as well. We find Jo to be very flexible as our plans frequently change and they are able to accommodate last minute changes which is most helpful. Kiko also especially likes the “Doggy Days Out” he has been on which is a special treat for him. There are always plenty of photo’s and videos to see what the dogs are getting up to which is great to see the fun they are having. We would highly recommend Jo and Solentk9 to anyone needing the service as she was by far the most professional operation we have seen.

Tony and Wendy Guidoboni and Kiko – Emsworth Hampshire

November 2016

Where shall I start Jo?! I could write an essay for you! Feel free to make it shorter/add a photo of Bonnie running on her first doggy day out (still my favourite), change names to protect identities/add Laura's name :)

"Before Bonnie even joined our family as an 8-week old puppy, we contacted Jo to find out about SolentK9. The advice and puppy plan that Jo gave us was amazing. She came to meet Bonnie, armed with a home-made, super strong tuggy toy (which is still going 18 months later). And despite Bonnie stealing from her bag that night, Jo has come to pick up Bonnie for an adventure every single week day, plus home visits for pee and play! And every day, Jo leaves a note to say where she went and what she got up to.

As first-time dog parents, Bonnie (and us) have benefitted from Jo's amazing expertise, from puppy clicker training tricks before she was fully vaccinated, to recall practice (with hand signals!) and ensuring all dogs go out in groups where they are all happy with each other. Bonnie doesn't even look back to say good bye when Jo or Laura come to pick her up!

And then the 'Doggy Days Out'! Very tired, happy dogs at the end of the day, with LOTS of goodies, photos and waggy tails."

You and Laura are awesome! xxx

Sarah & Chris Bryan, Emsworth Hampshire

December 2016

"Jo and her team at K9 Solent provide an excellent service of dog walking and pet sitting in your own home, they are friendly, reliable and I always feel my pets are getting the best care ! "

R. Du Bois, Havant Hampshire

April 2018

Tess and Trixie have been going for walks with Jo for a few months now. Judging by the very waggy tails when her van comes down the drive I guess they enjoy their outings! Jo posts lovely photos of their walks on Facebook, so I feel involved with them. She has years of experience with dogs and I’m happy to trust my girls with her.

Hilary Gilson Emsworth, Hampshire

April 2018

It’s a pleasure to write this testimonial for Jo. I have entrusted both my dogs very regularly to her over the past five years, often at very short notice and she has never let me down. My dogs both adore her and return well exercised and very happy from their walks. Jo always works safely, securely, flexibly and reliably - she has a wealth of dog knowledge and an abundant love of animals - I cannot recommend Solent K9 highly enough.

Mrs March Havant, Hampshire

April 2018

Barney has been going for walks with jo for just over a year, he always comes back very excited and wants to tell us all about it. He’s met lots of new friends and loves the doggy days out. Jo is very trustworthy and always happy to help and I know Barney is safe in her hands.

Marcia Drayton Hampshire

April 2018

Brian loves Jo and his SolentK9 doggy friends. They always look like they are having a great time exploring different places, and I love to see the photos of them having fun that Jo posts on facebook each evening. So when I get home, even though he might pretend he’s missed me - I know he’s had lots of fun and great little adventures in Jo’s safe hands.

Justine, Rowlands Castle, Hampshire

August 2019

‘I can thoroughly recommend Jo and Solent K9 services. The walks are always varied and full of fun, it’s great to see the photos of your dog out and enjoying themselves. We have a Cocker Spaniel who is full of energy but after Jo’s walks he is always suitably content which is no mean feat. Not only is Jo’s service excellent and extremely reliable she also ensures your dog’s welfare is at the heart of her service.’

Sarah Ahddoud Emsworth, Hampshire

August 2019

We have used Solent K9 for the last four years and we are incredibly happy with the service that Jo provides. Our dog seems to love going out for group walks and we know that she is well treated and taken care of. Jo is very reliable and always put the welfare of the dogs in her care first. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a dog walking service.

Hayley Garty Havant, Hampshire