Dog Walking Packs

Hoboken Dog Walking Packs – 2014 Edition

Jeez Louise. Seems like not a week goes by where I don’t receive an email about some “problem” with one particular dog walker in town.

9 times out of 10, it’s “too many dogs at once.”

I’ve said in the past – that dogs are indeed “pack” animals, and have no issue with it. To think your four-legged friend is “special” and needs to be walked individually is just nonsensical.

I saw this lady the other day, and all dogs seemed well behaved and in control. If I had to pick only ONE thing that MIGHT be a bit wrong is, that when she yelled “HEEL” to one of the dogs who might have been pulling, it may have confused other dogs who didn’t do anything wrong. That’s about the only thing I could find a flaw in.

Other than that – the dogs seemed happy to be out and about. So there.

Dog Walking Packs Hoboken NJ

How many dogs in a car are OK in Hoboken?

April 2013:

Hoboken411 reader (and new resident) Louise spotted that “pack” dog walker in town the other day. Here is what she had to say:

“The owner is a dog walker in town and keep about 10 dogs in her car for anytime from 30 minutes or more in the car while picking up other dogs. This looks so uncomfortable as well as unsafe for all these dogs.

This dog walker charges all these people with dogs to walk them and they do eventually end up at the dog park but not until they drive around picking all of them up. I dread what will happen over the summer! She has all sizes, kinds of dogs barking and stuffed into her car – I wonder if the owners know that this is how their pups are spending their afternoons, with minimum time actually getting
any exercise or fresh air. I think this is terrible. I just moved to Hoboken and have loved everything about it until I saw this and learned that she does it daily.”

411 Note: I did see this personally myself last week – and all the dogs in the SUV were barking quite incessantly, and the walker was telling them (calmly from what I saw), to “stop barking.” Not sure if they were excited or scared. But you don’t see employees of a dog kennel telling all the canines to “stop barking” there, I feel that it’s just natural dog behavior to express themselves in certain situations – good or bad.

411 Tech Note: And for all future video submissions: Videos taken “portrait” or vertically just stink. Take them sideways, horizontally (or “landscape”). It’s not that hard.

Complaint against dog walking packs in Hoboken

2/27/2013 Update:

Back in December – we published a brief article about dog walkers in Hoboken. Specifically dog walking packs – and the walkers that really push the upper limit in terms of how many pooches should be walked at a time, by a single individual.

This particular situation seems to still be on the hot plate here in Hoboken.

Hoboken Dog Walking Packs complaint

Dog walker police report filed in Hoboken, NJ

Well, someone had enough – and filed a police report about one said dog walker in Hoboken. Took place near the Shipyard area (and that new carpeted Hoboken dog run).

Hoboken Police Officer Elias Colon’s report stated:

“I was dispatched to the area of 10th & Sinatra on an animal complaint. Upon arrival, I was met by the caller who said that she witnessed a female dog walker mistreat one of the 14 dogs she was walking by choking and placing the dog on the ground violently.

I then spoke to the dog walker who said that she did not mistreat the dog, but corrected the problem the dog had with the pack. She said that she had to maintain control of the dog by submitting him to his back, and that it’s a method used to establish dominance in the pack, and control.

The caller did not want to file a formal complaint, but wanted a report on record…” (Note report was simplified for brevity).

I can think of at least one question that I would have as an ordinary observer:

The walker mentioned “in order to establish dominance in the pack.” Would that forceful discipline have been necessary if there weren’t so many dogs? Maybe there wouldn’t be so many out of control dogs if the pack was smaller.

Anyway – this walker apparently hangs out in other areas in town from what I heard.

How many dogs does your dog walker take at once?

Dog walking packs in Hoboken – how much is too much?

12/17/2012:

Since dogs are “pack animals,” I’ve always been okay with Hoboken dog walkers in town that take multiple pooches with them. Either on walks or even to the dog run – where sometimes dozens of dogs inter-mingle with one another.

Some dog owners in town are quite against this – and yearn for their dogs to have “long, single walks” alone and away from other mutts. While I think it’s a bit anti-social, and detrimental to the dogs well-being and psychological development – to each their own, especially if the dog doesn’t get along with others, for instance.

But are some dog walkers pushing the limit of “pack walking?”

One Hoboken411 reader told me they get a little uneasy when some walkers seemingly go overboard with the number of dogs the manage at any single point. Sometimes taking 15 or even close to 20 dogs at the same time! Can they handle so many? Should they? How about the frenzy created when you let a dozen or two NEW dogs loose at the run simultaneously? “When I see someone coming with that many dogs – I get the hell out of the run,” they said.

How do you feel about over-doing the dog walks? Are they doing it because it’s a good thing? Or because they need the money?

54 Responses

  1. iforgotmymantra says:

    Wow, it’s got to smell like heck in that car

  2. Angry Bird says:

    I’m a little confused. If the dogs are supposed to be getting “walked,” then why are they all in a car not getting any exercise? Ridiculous.

    • packfan305 says:

      Your screen name suits your perfectly Angry Bird. My guess is you have a few parakeets in a cage and have absolutely NO CLUE about animals whatsoever, not to mention dogs! Why don’t you keep your MORONIC comments to yourself, or better yet maybe one of your parrots can learn them (although they do have brains the size of a peanut) and he can say them FOR you!!! 😯 [quote comment=”220240″]I’m a little confused. If the dogs are supposed to be getting “walked,” then why are they all in a car not getting any exercise? Ridiculous.[/quote]

  3. hobokenblue says:

    This is my dogwalker. I know that she picks up my dog in her car -obviously. As she keeps my dog out for many hours, walking her and letting her play in the dog run, I don’t have a problem with the time spent in the car. In the summer, the walker leaves the a/c on. My dog LOVES to go with “the pack” and on days she doesn’t she will try to pull me in the direction of the car if she sees it. What is up with everyone commenting on something that is working for those of us who actually use this walker?

    • joey maxim says:

      All well and good but that suv has to smell of cockey poo and stinken too as well as the walker changing her cloths once in a while…wow..One owns a pet take care of it yourself.
      Old yellar where the fk are you? :( [quote comment=”220242″]This is my dogwalker. I know that she picks up my dog in her car -obviously. As she keeps my dog out for many hours, walking her and letting her play in the dog run, I don’t have a problem with the time spent in the car. In the summer, the walker leaves the a/c on. My dog LOVES to go with “the pack” and on days she doesn’t she will try to pull me in the direction of the car if she sees it. What is up with everyone commenting on something that is working for those of us who actually use this walker?[/quote]

  4. packfan305 says:

    I am going to make a comment here to ALL of the uneducated, negatively driven, ignorant people with apparently FAR too much time on their hands commenting on this dog “walker”

    A. She is NOT a dog walker, she is a highly trained and educated dog TRAINER.
    B. She has rescued and spent tireless hours and energy fulfilling her passion to help animals and EDUCATE their owners (hint!)
    C. Greedy? Are you people SERIOUS??????????? If you knew ANY history or took a quarter of the amount of time you have spent bashing this INCREDIBLE woman you would know that prior to dedicating her LIFE to the safety of animals and PEOPLE, she was a career woman and definitely on the upper tax bracket. So your comments about ‘more dogs, more $’ is AGAIN unsubstantiated and flat out STUPID.
    D. Have any of you M*RONS ever heard of a certain individual named Cesar Millan???? Does Cesar walk packs of 20 because he needs $$$??? I THINK NOT!

    • Jasmine sky says:

      Last year while visiting Hoboken before becoming a resident, I took my little dog to the dog park. There was a dog pack and this one woman with all the dogs. Well, my dog at first was bullied by some of the dogs. I mean there had to be at least 10 dogs and my little feisty dog was terribly scared. This women had all the dogs and even MY dog who never met her before under control. She quieted all the dogs in minutes. I mean it was really amazing. It was not a tense situation with the dogs but my dog was starting to get defensive and she was able to command the dogs in a way I never have seen before. She obviously knows what she is doing, and she knows these dogs. She did not know my dog, and within minutes had her under control. I just happen to be reading about this and had to make a comment. Honestly, I don’t understand why people have to be so ignorant. I absolutely would use this woman to train my dog, my dog needs to work on socialization skills and this pack idea works. [quote comment=”220243″]I am going to make a comment here to ALL of the uneducated, negatively driven, ignorant people with apparently FAR too much time on their hands commenting on this dog “walker”A. She is NOT a dog walker, she is a highly trained and educated dog TRAINER. B. She has rescued and spent tireless hours and energy fulfilling her passion to help animals and EDUCATE their owners (hint!) C. Greedy? Are you people SERIOUS??????????? If you knew ANY history or took a quarter of the amount of time you have spent bashing this INCREDIBLE woman you would know that prior to dedicating her LIFE to the safety of animals and PEOPLE, she was a career woman and definitely on the upper tax bracket. So your comments about ‘more dogs, more $’ is AGAIN unsubstantiated and flat out STUPID. D. Have any of you M*RONS ever heard of a certain individual named Cesar Millan???? Does Cesar walk packs of 20 because he needs $$$??? I THINK NOT![/quote]

      • packfan305 says:

        Jasmine – I cannot thank you enough for posting that – because that is EXACTLY what she does. She IS the female version of Cesar Millan and has every single one of her dogs under COMPLETE control, as well as other dogs that come in contact with HER pack. I don’t believe there is any way for the people posting on here to email directly but I am going to try and find out so that I can reach out to you.

        If I’m unsuccessful, we will be on a pack walk this Sunday along the Newport Waterfront starting at 10:30 a.m. and the “dog walker” a/k/a best trainer/woman/human being on earth will be with me. I use these walks as my training sessions with her because this is when MY dog is most reactive. You can go on Meetup.com – the group is called Positive Pittie Packwalk and join if you want. You will only be able to see the other members if you DO join – so I’ll give you a hint that I’m sure these morons wouldn’t be able to decipher anyway. My dog has one blue eye and one brown eye and we are both “Irish” . . . . :mrgreen: [quote comment=”220414″]Last year while visiting Hoboken before becoming a resident, I took my little dog to the dog park. There was a dog pack and this one woman with all the dogs. Well, my dog at first was bullied by some of the dogs. I mean there had to be at least 10 dogs and my little feisty dog was terribly scared. This women had all the dogs and even MY dog who never met her before under control. She quieted all the dogs in minutes. I mean it was really amazing. It was not a tense situation with the dogs but my dog was starting to get defensive and she was able to command the dogs in a way I never have seen before. She obviously knows what she is doing, and she knows these dogs. She did not know my dog, and within minutes had her under control. I just happen to be reading about this and had to make a comment. Honestly, I don’t understand why people have to be so ignorant. I absolutely would use this woman to train my dog, my dog needs to work on socialization skills and this pack idea works.[/quote]

      • joey maxim says:

        you don’t know what a pack of wild dogs are like roaming all over the town..that was s a dog walk pack..Ask the dog walker what she gets paid for being a rover? You have to love the job..If one wants to own a dog they should care for it same as having nannys tend to kids while parents work..Nannys become more close to these kids and dogs than parents do..Growing up as a family everyone sat at the dinner table together and we really had a bond together..guess its the sign of the times $$$$$$$$$$$$$ first.[quote comment=”220430″]Jasmine – I cannot thank you enough for posting that – because that is EXACTLY what she does. She IS the female version of Cesar Millan and has every single one of her dogs under COMPLETE control, as well as other dogs that come in contact with HER pack. I don’t believe there is any way for the people posting on here to email directly but I am going to try and find out so that I can reach out to you.If I’m unsuccessful, we will be on a pack walk this Sunday along the Newport Waterfront starting at 10:30 a.m. and the “dog walker” a/k/a best trainer/woman/human being on earth will be with me. I use these walks as my training sessions with her because this is when MY dog is most reactive. You can go on Meetup.com – the group is called Positive Pittie Packwalk and join if you want. You will only be able to see the other members if you DO join – so I’ll give you a hint that I’m sure these morons wouldn’t be able to decipher anyway. My dog has one blue eye and one brown eye and we are both “Irish” . . . . [/quote]

      • joey maxim says:

        you don’t know what a pack of wild dogs are like roaming all over the town..that was s a dog walk pack..Ask the dog walker what she gets paid for being a rover? You have to love the job..If one wants to own a dog they should care for it same as having nannys tend to kids while parents work..Nannys become more close to these kids and dogs than parents do..Growing up as a family everyone sat at the dinner table together and we really had a bond together..guess its the sign of the times $$$$$$$$$$$$$ first.[quote comment=”220430″]Jasmine – I cannot thank you enough for posting that – because that is EXACTLY what she does. She IS the female version of Cesar Millan and has every single one of her dogs under COMPLETE control, as well as other dogs that come in contact with HER pack. I don’t believe there is any way for the people posting on here to email directly but I am going to try and find out so that I can reach out to you.If I’m unsuccessful, we will be on a pack walk this Sunday along the Newport Waterfront starting at 10:30 a.m. and the “dog walker” a/k/a best trainer/woman/human being on earth will be with me. I use these walks as my training sessions with her because this is when MY dog is most reactive. You can go on Meetup.com – the group is called Positive Pittie Packwalk and join if you want. You will only be able to see the other members if you DO join – so I’ll give you a hint that I’m sure these morons wouldn’t be able to decipher anyway. My dog has one blue eye and one brown eye and we are both “Irish” . . . . [/quote]
        [quote comment=”220430″]Jasmine – I cannot thank you enough for posting that – because that is EXACTLY what she does. She IS the female version of Cesar Millan and has every single one of her dogs under COMPLETE control, as well as other dogs that come in contact with HER pack. I don’t believe there is any way for the people posting on here to email directly but I am going to try and find out so that I can reach out to you.If I’m unsuccessful, we will be on a pack walk this Sunday along the Newport Waterfront starting at 10:30 a.m. and the “dog walker” a/k/a best trainer/woman/human being on earth will be with me. I use these walks as my training sessions with her because this is when MY dog is most reactive. You can go on Meetup.com – the group is called Positive Pittie Packwalk and join if you want. You will only be able to see the other members if you DO join – so I’ll give you a hint that I’m sure these morons wouldn’t be able to decipher anyway. My dog has one blue eye and one brown eye and we are both “Irish” . . . . [/quote]

      • packfan305 says:

        Joey “Maxim” – you need to GET A LIFE. I think you are stalking her. Has any harm come to you, or ANYONE you know by this so called “dog walker?”

        How about you go get a job and stop stalking people who actually HAVE a heart.

        Apparently family bond didn’t rub off on you. Hmmmmm, maybe you had to eat outside with the dogs???

        You are either:

        A. a nerd 😯
        B. a total psycho :roll:
        C. in loooooooove with this woman 😛
        D. jealous 😳
        E. LONELY and SAD 😥 or
        F. (my guess) most likely just flat out EVIL 😈
        [quote comment=”220467″]you don’t know what a pack of wild dogs are like roaming all over the town..that was s a dog walk pack..Ask the dog walker what she gets paid for being a rover? You have to love the job..If one wants to own a dog they should care for it same as having nannys tend to kids while parents work..Nannys become more close to these kids and dogs than parents do..Growing up as a family everyone sat at the dinner table together and we really had a bond together..guess its the sign of the times $$$$$$$$$$$$$ first.[/quote]

      • joey maxim says:

        pack I could care less about who what where..Just saw the photo posted on 411..There is
        more than one dog walker at the shipyard and the piers. There paid well for their work and do their job which is not easy..Again I could care less if they walked elephants for a circus..,,btw thanks for the kudos pack..there is no argument here ,but a respectfull opinion with no need for a disagreeable response..Bless you Pack fan. ❓

        [quote comment=”220528″]Joey “Maxim” – you need to GET A LIFE. I think you are stalking her. Has any harm come to you, or ANYONE you know by this so called “dog walker?”How about you go get a job and stop stalking people who actually HAVE a heart.Apparently family bond didn’t rub off on you. Hmmmmm, maybe you had to eat outside with the dogs???You are either:A. a nerd B. a total psycho C. in loooooooove with this woman D. jealous E. LONELY and SAD or F. (my guess) most likely just flat out EVIL [/quote]

    • joey maxim says:

      pack lips..i browsed and noticed your abrasive insulting comments because you disagee with other posters..Who the f**k cares of you and your kennel? no reason to be nasty because one differs with you? btw I know of cesar ,has his own business and car.My recient post was just if..You want to live large $$$ be successful etc do so. If you love your dog stay home and take care of it yourself..This has nothing what so ever with these dog walkers you praise to the holy high.bottom line certain dogs should not be couped up in an apt ..It’s more your condencending additude toward other posters that have a right to their opinion..With you its a case of mind over matter.I don’t mind and you don’t matter..try an tone down a bit an take a deep breath. Get in touch with yourself and get an additude adjustment..Life is short. try joining anger management.give it a try. : 👿 [quote comment=”220243″]I am going to make a comment here to ALL of the uneducated, negatively driven, ignorant people with apparently FAR too much time on their hands commenting on this dog “walker”A. She is NOT a dog walker, she is a highly trained and educated dog TRAINER. B. She has rescued and spent tireless hours and energy fulfilling her passion to help animals and EDUCATE their owners (hint!) C. Greedy? Are you people SERIOUS??????????? If you knew ANY history or took a quarter of the amount of time you have spent bashing this INCREDIBLE woman you would know that prior to dedicating her LIFE to the safety of animals and PEOPLE, she was a career woman and definitely on the upper tax bracket. So your comments about ‘more dogs, more $’ is AGAIN unsubstantiated and flat out STUPID. D. Have any of you M*RONS ever heard of a certain individual named Cesar Millan???? Does Cesar walk packs of 20 because he needs $$$??? I THINK NOT![/quote]

  5. Hobok15 says:

    One of the dogs in the video — a frisky beagle — is mine. She gets picked up in that vehicle, gets transported to a dog run, gets taken for a long walk, gets reprimanded for some of her bad habits, gets jostled in the car with 10 other dogs and gets delivered home safely several hours later. She’s been on this regimen for three years — and has flourished. The woman in these posts follows a well-known “pack” training model used by Cesar Millan and other dog behaviorists around the world. She is also one of Hudson County’s best dog trainers. Her system is not for every dog owner, but how she carries it out is strictly between herself and her clients. It’s really nobody’s business but ours. Bystanders (and competitors) with video cams and a little too much time on their hands have no idea what’s happening.

  6. lhoward222 says:

    Personally, I would be uncomfortable with my dog riding in a car with that many unconstrained dogs. But I recognize that if owners are happy with dog care-provider’s routine, that’s all that matters. Simply doesn’t suit my safety preferences.

  7. hobokenkid9 says:

    I have to be honest with all of you because that’s how I am . I have a dog in that pack. It’s by far one of the best things we have ever done! The our dog loves going with the pack, the leader and we love that she comes home exhausted and exercised. The value is very high as the leader works very hard, is very reliable, and most of all takes very good care of our puppy.

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