Walkies – Professional Dog Walking, Chinnor, Oxfordshire
Our Background and Experience
Walkies was established in 1996 by Melanie Portnall-Payne to offer professional pet services. Mel’s background included work experience at Tiggywinkles wildlife hospital and being a kennel assistant.
Mel knew she wanted to build a career working with dogs and so she set up Walkies. Mel’s goal from the outset was to offer a professional service level to her clients and their pets and, because of her hard work, professionalism and experience, Walkies became a success.
Mel still walks dogs for one of the very first Walkies’ customers! It speaks volumes for Mel’s ability and experience that she has had one of her customers for over 20 years.
Mel was then joined by her sister, Julie Portnall-Boyle in 2006.
Julie was on a career break from her sales director position, to raise her family. Julie had walked most days with Mel and knew all of Mel’s clients. It seemed logical that when Mel needed to take her maternity leave that Julie would join the business as she had already had four years on the job training!
They became Team Walkies and the business has continued to grow from strength to strength. Between them they have over 30 years of professional dog care experience.
If you answer yes to any of these questions, why not give Walkies a call to discuss your pets needs.
- Are you at work all day – is your dog all alone?
- Are you suffering from ill health – worried that your pet is not getting the walks they used to?
- Are you too tired – feel guilty for not having the energy to walk the dog?
Contact us on:
Tel: 01844 351142
M: 07946 313173 / 07971 643611
Mel & Julie – Team Walkies
Team Walkies are still based in Chinnor. We are proud to say we were the first professional dog walking company established in this area. There have been a lot of changes in the industry over 20 years. We’ve seen them all!
Our ethos has not changed however – we offer a professional, reliable pet care service with your pets wellbeing at the heart of everything we do. We are DBS checked, insured, canine first aid trained and have attended training courses ranging from canine body language to reactive dogs.
We are registered as self employed with HMRC and are also verified members of the Professional Dog Walkers Association.
We pride ourselves on taking our business seriously.
Current services Walkies offer include:
- Group or individual walks
- Puppy pop ins
- Vet visits
- Dog/house sitting
A typical group walk would consist of 3 to 4 well matched dogs in terms of age, tolerance and energy level. We want all the dogs in our care to have a great time!
We live in such a beautiful area in such close proximity to the Chiltern Hills, so we use this brilliant resource as a base to exercise our dogs. We have so many walks to choose from and some days it’s hard to decide where to go!
Our walks are lots of fun and mainly off lead (you have to sign a permission form for this). We love our job and are truly enthusiastic and committed in everything we do. Our job is to ensure your pet is well exercised, safe and happy.
Tips for choosing your dog walker
Here are a few things you might want to consider when choosing a dog walker:
- Are they DBS checked?
- Are they insured?
- Are they Canine first aid trained?
- How much experience have they actually got?
- How long have they been trading?
- Can they provide independent references (not from family members or friends !)
- And finally!! Do you and your dog like them?!!
Getting in touch with us
If you would like your pet to be a member of Team Walkies and to benefit from our extensive professional canine experience, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Mobile 07971 643611
* Due to insurance restrictions we are unable to work with aggressive dogs.
Here are a few comments from our clients ….
Would definitely recommend Mel from Walkies. Lovely lady who is very experienced with dogs. Reasonably priced and offered me great peace of mind knowing my dog was in safe hands with her.
Sprout is a changed dog since walking with Julie. He’s more confident and has some great pals. He walks with different dogs on different days so it’s always fun for him. Julie has a lovely understanding for her dogs and always looks after them like they were her own.
We love her.
Julie is a legend. And Murphy’s godmum.
Mel and her team have taken our pug Ruby out for the last 6 months and previous to that our Staffie Amber who she walked for years. Always a very good service and always reliable and on time. We always come home to find our dog happy and content. When we are here and have seen Ruby’s excitement to see her, it confirms to us that we have made the right choice. Highly recommended.
We have used Walkies for over five years and from the onset have been extremely impressed by their professional, reliable and trustworthy approach. Julie has a fantastic bond with our four legged friend, who is always very happy to see her! She’s worked hard to assist with training, improve recall and all round behaviour. We would not hesitate to recommend their services.
Mel has been walking our dog, Fonzie, for over three years now. Reliability and communications have always been excellent and most importantly she clearly loves dogs. We’ve had a number of dog walkers over the years but no one compares to Mel! We would highly recommend her to anyone.
We have been using Mel for nearly 10 years to take our golden lab Amber out three times a week. During that time we have found Mel to be completely reliable and trustworthy. Amber always comes home happy and well exercised and we would never go to anyone else!
I have used Walkies for the past 8 years and would highly recommend them. Since using them, I have a puppy and Julie has really helped me with him and making sure he is with the right dogs to help him progress. They are very efficient always keeping everybody in the loop by text if the weather is hot it normally means they get walked in the shade earlier if its pouring then a nice stretch of the phoenix trail. I sometimes don’t actually know until the day before if I get called away, Julie always manages to fit them in. The service they offer is beyond a normal dog walking service.
I do not hesitate writing a reference for Julie and walkies! Julie is extremely reliable, trustworthy and extremely knowledgeable about the dogs. She is really passionate about the dogs in her care. My dogs love her!
We have a 1 year old Beagle who always looks forward to his lunchtime walks and thoroughly enjoys his time out with Julie, Mel & the gang! Julie & Mel are professional, friendly & trustworthy. We couldn’t recommend them highly enough
Julie has been brilliant with our very lively cocker spaniel – she looks forward to julie coming to take her out, she sits waiting and looking at front door for her! Julie is devoted to the dogs, extremely reliable and will do anything she can to help . She is a godsend to us, thoroughly recommend her, would be lost without her.
Julie is like a second mum to Sunny and Astra; our 2 golden retrievers. They are always so excited when they see her. Julie is always reliable and incredibly trustworthy. She goes above and beyond to care for them and was a huge help when we first moved to the neighbourhood – providing advice on vets, dog friendly pubs, pet supplies, dog boarders and much more. When we rehomed Astra – she was a timid girl and was petrified of all people and cars. Julie worked patiently to establish a trusting bond with Astra – and was pivotal in helping to build her confidence and train her. We are incredibly lucky to have Julie in our lives.