The Four Seasons Approach
Exercise & Stimulation
Every dog needs physical exercise and mental stimulation to remain happy and settled in their environment. Each walk is tailored to ensure the dogs get plenty of exercise and stimulation through dedicated time to socialise with each other, play chase or other structured games, and of course walk and sniff! On group walks I also regularly do bits of training to make sure the dogs are well behaved with each other, and they respond quickly to commands.
My favourite walks around Edinburgh include the Hermitage, Craiglockhart Dell and Corstorphine Hill which provide plenty of opportunity for the dogs to be off-lead (if permission is granted). The Hermitage and Craiglockhart Dell also provide lots of swim spots for hot days!
Relationships are fundamental to life as a dog walker. Building strong connections and trust with your dog is an essential part of my role to ensure your dog is happy, settled and calm on our walks. Similarly, building a relationship with you as the owner is important to ensure you feel comfortable trusting me with your dog, and we can have open and honest communication about your dog.
Before welcoming any new dog to our pack, I carry out a ‘Meet & Greet’ with you as the owner, and your dog. This allows us to get to know each other and gives me an opportunity to better understand the needs of your dog. Following this meeting, assuming we are both happy to move forward, I will plan the best way for me to build a strong relationship with your dog and their introduction to the rest of the group.
Included in the Four Seasons Approach is ensuring I have relevant policies in place to protect customers, and I also currently hold the following:
Edinburgh Council Dog Walking License
As well as the above, I am committed to continuous professional development and am awaiting completion of courses in Canine First Aid and Working Safely with Dogs.
What I Can Do for You and Your Dog
Four Seasons Dog Walking covers the Murrayfield, Roseburn, Balgreen, Corstorphine, Slateford, Chesser, Shandon, Craiglockhart and Morningside areas of Edinburgh.
If there’s something specific your dog needs that isn’t included below, please get in touch and I’ll be happy to have a chat.
During the week, there are two group walks a day. The dog walking service includes pick up and drop off of your dog from your home, and the walk will last a minimum of 1 hour. Including pick up, walk, and drop off this means your dog may be out and about for anywhere between 1.5hr and 3hrs depending on where we walk that day. The dog walking service at the weekend is the same as above, apart from the walk will be on an individual basis or just with my own dog Skye.
During the week, the day care service means your dog will be picked up in the morning and will stay with me for 2 group walks. This means they will have company and lots of mental and physical stimulation throughout their time with me. The day care service at the weekend is the same as above, apart from the two walks will be on an individual basis or just with my own dog Skye.
The Four Seasons home visit service is designed to support you if you have recently got a new puppy, or if your dog is injured and unable to accompany us on walks. A home visit could include checking in on your dog and spending half an hour playing, giving fuss, or walking depending on what their needs are. Each home visit is different so if you are interested in this service please give me a call to discuss further.
At Four Seasons Dog Walking we offer a ‘Regular’ or ‘Flexi’ service designed to meet the needs of you and your dog. Whilst most of our customers come to us for a regular dog walking or day care service, our ‘Flexi’ service can support owners whose needs change week by week, or when you have an unusually busy weekend!
Regular Group Walks
1 to 4 weekdays: £12 per walk
5 weekdays: £11 per walk
Additional dog per household: £10.50 per walk
Weekday (group walk): £12 per walk
Weekend (individual walk): £25 per walk
Regular Day Care
1 to 4 weekdays: £21 per day
5 weekdays: £20 per day
Additional dog per household: £19.50 per day
Flexi Day Care
Weekday (group walk x 2): £21 per day
Weekend (individual walk x 2): £35 per day
Regular Home Visits
1 to 4 weekdays: £10 per visit
5 weekdays: £9 per visit
Flexi Home Visits
Weekday: £10 per visit
Weekend: £15 per visit
My name is Struan Dewar, and as of August 2020 I am the proud new owner of Four Seasons Dog Walking.
After years of playing rugby professionally, and then retraining to become an Accountant, I decided to take the plunge and follow my real passion – dogs. My love for dogs started young, growing up with a huge huskie called Harvey (and a menagerie of other animals!) who I spent countless hours with teaching new tricks and getting chased around.
In 2017 my wife and I adopted our own rescue dog called Skye which reignited my desire to work with animals, and although I did not appreciate it at the time, has led me to where I am today. Skye had a very challenging early life and came to us with specific needs, including a fear of people and unfamiliar dogs, anxiety and an extremely high prey drive. Through working with Skye I have learnt a lot about dog psychology and behaviour, which has inspired me to go down this new career path and pushed me to start formalising my learning through accredited courses.
In Spring 2020 I began the process of taking over Four Seasons Dog Walking from the original owner Andrea Beveridge. As part of this process Andrea has kindly been mentoring me, sharing her invaluable knowledge and extensive experience about working with dogs over the past 15 years. I have also shadowed Andrea to learn more about pack behaviour, canine first aid, and life as a dog walker in Edinburgh.