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Established 2000

Fun Neighborhood Walks
Mountain Hike Adventures
High Energy Exercise & Play
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Gavin Behr, The Dog Walker
Been Hiking Dogs in LA Since 2000

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Testimonials

Gavin Behr's "THE DOGWALKER" is simply the best service. He was a lifesaver for my active and not-very-well-socialized Border Terrier.

We met and started using Gavin's services about 5 years ago and the relationship was perfect. He loves dogs; knows how to handle then so that they enjoy being with the other dogs and get a lot of exercise in amazing surroundings. It got to the point with our dog Bounder where he would wait with joyful anticipation by the door on the days Gavin came to pick him up.

Gavin runs a very good operation and has zero tolerance for workers who don't put the dogs first. Gavin is easy to reach and ready to understand special circumstances.

I highly recommend him to anyone looking to bring some exercise and fun into their dog's life.

--Carol Olson Coote
"We have used Gavin Behr's company 'The Dog Walker' for over 2-1/2 years with our Labrador. We use his services for dog walks in the Santa Monica Mountains twice a week. We also use his service to house sit when we are out of town. His employees are timely, easy to communicate with and dedicated. As a working couple, his service has made the world of difference in the enjoyment of our pet. We can offer our unhesitating recommendation. Our Labrador can too-she always gets very excited when she sees Gavin's van!"

--Doug and Margaret Spencer
We were with "The Dog Walker" for at least 5 years and Tasha loved her boys Gavin and Dusty. Somehow she knew when Wednesdays arrived and sat patiently waiting for her walker to come. When Tasha would return she was whipped for the rest of the day!!

Thank you for taking care and loving her week after week.

--The Blitz Family, Brentwood
"We trust the Dog Walker crew with our precious terrier Vegas. Vegas is one of the world's greatest lil dogs. He means the world to us. We could never get anything done or ever go away if we didn't trust The Dog Walker crew completely! For the past 8 years we have depended and trusted these guys with keys to our home and to care for our Vegas. Our dog walker Dusty is a great guy.

We are convinced Vegas loves him and his tail wags a mile a minute when he sees that van pull up."

--Kristen & David Fredrick, Brentwood
"Dear Gavin,
I want to thank you for your wonderful service over the past five years.

Walking Jessie and Shadow during the day has kept them healthy and happy and has relieved me of my guilt over having to leave them alone during most of the day. As you know, they are both very high-energy dogs. When I come home from work, they are so much calmer on the days that you've taken them for hikes. It is clear that you take your responsibility to our two guys very seriously. Over the past five years, I don't think you've ever missed one scheduled walk, come rain or come shine. And neither Jess nor Shadow has ever come home sick or matted.

My husband and I sincerely thank you for being so careful and caring with our two much-loved dogs, and Jess and Shadow send you a big, wet kiss."

-- Greta Marks, Brentwood
The Westside's premier dog walking service.??
For me to put Bender and Owen (chocolate labs) in anyone's care says it all. I believe that Gavin operates THE most honorable, reliable, trustworthy and loving dog walking service on the Westside of Los Angeles. My dogs can't wait to be picked up and come home with huge smiles and in need of a nap. His employees - Mike, Dusty and Dan - have been with him for years (because he treats them well) and truly love the dogs. They take the time to tidy them up before depositing them at home and often give feedback on things they have noticed about the dogs or simply funny anecdotes from a given days play. Gavin has also spent a great deal of time securing a large plot of secured land so the dogs are not going to dog parks ....if I were a dog, I would want to go with them! In addition, I have been training dogs on the Westside for over 12 years and have had the opportunity to refer MANY clients to Gavin and have ONLY received rave reviews! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!!! My boys love you Mike!!!

-- Amy Peer, Dog Trainer
We retained Gavin The Dog Walker for our Labrador, Rascal, soon after we adopted him - it was a tough adjustment for Rascal as a rescue getting into a routine and a new home. Initially Rascal couldn't even be around other dogs and Dan had to keep him completely separate for his first outbound trip, but on his next walk, he got Rascal to completely adjust in no time to ride with the other dogs and he absolutely loves his outings now. As soon as the doorbell rings, Rascal dashes to the front door and flies out to the van like a lightning bolt, and returns happily tired each time he goes for his hike, which helps him release his pent-up energy. We highly recommend The Dog Walker service for a dog's fitness and emotional health, as it keeps high-energy dogs calmer as well.

-- Bonnie Nissenbaum, Beverly Hills
The dog walker has been great! We've used them for years now for our Golden Retriever and Black Lab. The dogs always come back tired but happy! They are very flexible if we need to switch between mountain or neighborhood walks depending on the dog's health. Would certainly recommend to anyone who loves their dogs but doesn't have enough time to walk them as much as they need!

-- Trevor Belton, Pacific Palisades
The Dog Walker has been a lifesaver for me. They have been walking my two Akitas in the neighborhood for years. The dogs love the walks and the walkers are flexible if we need to change our schedule. They are such wonderful, dog-loving souls; I recommend this service to anyone in our area! The dogs love it and so do I!

-- Jane Jackson, Brentwood
I cannot recommend The Dog Walker enough. We have 2 dogs with very different needs: Bella, a Cocker Spaniel puppy who needs LOTS of exercise, and Charlie, a lazy Shitz Tzu who HATES walking but will pee all over the house if he is not let out. Gavin came to our rescue! Mike takes our spaniel 5 days a week on a 2 hour hike where she gets to socialize and run free with other dogs. I can't tell you what a difference it has made..... no more chewing now since she is sooooo tired after the hikes. She is also calmer and more obedient. She gets so excited when Mike arrives! Jody walks (or drags) the sihitz tzu for 10 minutes at lunch time and we have now ALMOST cracked the house training (2 years in). I would not give my house key or dogs out to anyone, but as soon as we met Mike and Jody we were instantly at ease. The Dog Walker has changed the lives of our dogs and us! TRY THEM.

-- Jemma Martin, Pacific Palisades
We're thrilled with The Dog Walker's services and trust and rely on Mike, the leader of Malibu's hiking group. Malibu, our spirited 95 lb lab mix has been part of the large dog group on the three days a week I go into the office for over a year now. She loves when the van with her play group pulls up (uncanny how she seems to know the day and time) and Mike is incredibly flexible and accommodating with our work schedules when necessary.

-- Reeva and Stuart Cohen
Lilly has been exercised by Mike our Dog Walker for 3 years. As a crazy Jack Russell, she needs and craves the exercise and comes home happy and tired. I love hearing Mike come into the house and call for Lilly in the most affectionate of tones. Lilly's Daddy is a Veterinarian and very picky as to who would take charge of his dog for the day and trusts Gavin and company completely. I would highly recommend The Dog Walker.

-- Fredda Jaffee, Santa Monica
Our dog, Rugby, is always happy to go hiking with Mike. He gets so excited the minute he hears him coming & never hesitates to go right out for him. He always comes home happy & exhausted!
We have had both Mike & Dan as our hikers & they are both just fantastic. Always on time & dependable. We have been using The Dog Walker services for a little more than a year & are so happy with them!

-- Diane Golden, Pacific Palisades
I recently moved to Santa Monica, and was looking for my dog, Layla, to get some exercise twice a week while I would be gone for 10 hours. I found the Dog Walker, and thought their prices were reasonable. I then spoke with Gavin who was very helpful, and hooked me up with Mike. I then met with Mike and he seemed like a great fit; he also said Layla seemed like a great fit for the group. Now when I get home Mon & Wed- Layla is exhausted! Usually she is running all over the place, now when I take her out on a walk a couple hours after she gets home, I barely hold on to the leash (before she used to pull me). She is a very happy dog, and I am a very happy owner :)

-- Jessica Zunzer-Whitaker, Santa Monica
We are very fortunate to have Dan as our dog's walker. Dan has gone above and beyond the call of duty to take care of our Welsh terrier, Cookie. He clearly cares about dogs and is a very responsible person. We have enjoyed getting to know Dan over the past several years and highly recommend him to others.

-- Nicole Rubin, Santa Monica
Bentley spends most of his afternoons with Dan, our Dog Walker. As soon as Dan pulls the van onto the street Bentley knows Dan is on his way. Bentley is wagging his tail at the door, waiting patiently and always greets Dan with a smile (literally). We are new to Los Angeles and with Bentley being a rescue, finding the right person to care for him was very important. Dan has been fantastic with Bentley and I would highly recommend The Dog Walker.

-- Stacy Naftaly, Brentwood
I've been using the Dog Walker for two years, and love the service. They take my golden retriever up in the Santa Monica Mountains for long walks, and she comes back happy and tired. Gavin is the nice owner, and our personal walker, Dan, is friendly, flexible with scheduling - and, most importantly - warm with Tinka. He's obviously a dog-lover.

-- Betsy Lindsley, Santa Monica
Our dog, Rugby, is always happy to go hiking with Mike. He gets so excited the minute he hears him coming & never hesitates to go right out for him. He always comes home happy & exhausted!
We have had both Mike & Dan as our hikers & they are both just fantastic. Always on time & dependable. We have been using The Dog Walker services for a little more than a year & are so happy with them!

-- Diane Golden, Pacific Palisades
While I was recovering from surgery and unable to do much, Jody took excellent care of my dog, Chauncey. He showed up right on time 3 times per day and took my spaniel out for walks and play time outside. Jody was very professional, friendly, caring and sensitive to our needs. We would definitely work with Jody again. Chauncey misses him and certainly enjoyed the extra attention. Thank you Jody!

-- Jennifer Lavelle, Brentwood
Erin has been walking our two Weimaraners three times per week since we moved back to Los Angeles last November. Our 'kids' love her and so do my husband and I. She has also stayed in our home to house sit and care for the dogs several times when we've had to go out of town for long weekends. In addition, she's often available at the last minute, in the event something unexpected comes up and we are unable to take them for one of their two daily runs. She's responsible, friendly, intelligent and we are SO lucky to have her taking such great care of Graham and Daisy. We'd recommend her in a heartbeat!

-- Nell Stephenson, Pacific Palisades
Erin has been taking care of my pug Lola for over a year. She is absolutely great. We do a lot of traveling and Erin will come over twice a day and feed Lola and walk her. I feel so comfortable leaving Lola at home knowing she will get two walks and will be fed. She is very reliable and also I can call last minute and she is always available. Erin also has been very conscientious about letting me know if something doesn't look right at the house when we are gone which is very thoughtful.
Erin has really solved my particular dilemma about what to do with Lola when we travel. Lola always came back so sick from a kennel but now when I come home she is my happy healthy doggy waiting to greet me. Erin is the best!

-- Andrea Goodman, Pacific Palisades
Erin takes great care of our dog. She treats him like her own, and our dog thinks she's part of our family. She's always reliable and caring...it doesn't get better than this.

-- Marcia Shackelford, Pacific Palisades
I started with "The Dog Walker" 7 months ago when my Newfoundland was a young puppy. Each morning, Moby would wait by the door for Brian to arrive, and came home tired and happy. When my 160+ dog is happy, I am thrilled. Don't know what I would have done without this service. It is also so important for my gentle giant to socialize and learn to play with smaller dogs. I would highly recommend "The Dog Walker." (PS. You can see Moby (Black & White Newfie) on the Mountain Hike Adventure Video on the Home page.

-- Barbara Berkowitz, Beverly Hills