Say hello to your neighborhood dog walker
When nature calls, Wakachu is here to answer
You can’t always predict a crazy day at work, but you can anticipate your dog’s needs. Instead of rushing home in the middle of the day, book a Wakachu dog walker to give your dog a 30, 45 or 60 minute walk. We can stop by as many times as you need, 7 days a week. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, we are growing and coming to a neighborhood near you!
Puppy loveEvery time that we get the opportunity to walk a dog, we get to make their day better. We have a passion to care for animals.
All of our walkers are not only bona-fido dog lovers, they are interviewed, background checked, and bonded.
We love our job, that’s why we have some of the best rates in the Valley – in fact, too low to share here. Contact us for a free quote!
Services we provide in and around Scottsdale, Arizona:
30, 45 or 60 minute walks
30 to 60 minute pet sitting
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Wakachu was founded in March 2016 by Katie Hiro, after she realized her passion for walking dogs through the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. She signed up to dedicate some time throughout her week to walking animals that were either found as strays, or surrendered by their owners, and looking for heir new family. At first the plan was for her to spend a few hours a week with the animals. This quickly turned into a 15-20 hour a week hobby and the highlight of every day for Katie.
Every time that she got the opportunity to walk a dog she got to make their day better, and her enjoyment for doing this soon turned into a passion that she knew she couldn’t stop. It was this realization that began a conversation with close friends and family that helped to develop the vision for Wakachu, a company that could provide livable wages for it’s employees while also providing affordable, accessible and exceptional dog walking services.
Case study: Walking Charlie
In April 2016, we received a call from a client who had received a flyer from us and set up a consultation with the Keates family. The Keates live in a single family home in the Phoenix area and the family is made of of Ellen, a single mom, and with two teenage children Amber and Eugene. They also have a 4 year old Labrador retriever named Charlie.
It was decided that Katie would walk Charlie twice a week. During the first walk, he pulled on his leash throughout the entire time. He wanted nothing to do with going back into his house when the walk was completed. In fact, he was so persistent that he pulled himself out of his collar and went running across the street and into the neighborhood. It took 15 minutes of coaxing, and the help of a generous neighbor to get Charlie back on a leash and to his house.
At first it seem that Charlie was not a good fit for Wakachu. It took a little while to realize that Charlie was trying to tell us that he needed that walk, but that he needed to be able to know that he was going to get to go on more walks in the future. He needed to burn off pent up energy. That’s when Katie created a plan for Charlie.
She called Ellen a few days later and explained the plan to her. “Let me walk him two times a day 5 days a week, and let’s see if we see a change in his behavior”. With a week, immediate responses from the family were ones that made me even more excited about walking Charlie on a consistent daily basis. Responses from the family the first week included “Charlie was so calm and relaxed tonight, thank you.” Ellen noted later “We thought something was wrong with Charlie this evening, he was so calm again today. We even had a visitor over to the house, and Charlie didn’t jump all over them.”
Every walk with Charlie became an easier and easier experience, and his fun loving sweet personality was able to show through. Now when Charlie is on a leash, he doesn’t pull. He listens and he is more relaxed which allows him to enjoy his walks.