MEET THE TEAM!
Matt is ROODDOG founder and has a friendly, warm manner that infuses trust in anxious owners and confidence in animals in his care.
Having dogs of his own helps him understand the worries that owners have leaving their pets in someone else’s care. Matt prides himself on his superb customer service skills gained from his experience as a first-class cabin crew member at British Airways. Matt has impeccable manners and you can be sure you and your pets will be given the first-class treatment each and every time you meet.
Matt was lucky enough to be trained by the number 1 Kennel Club Behaviorist Angela White. He has completed his dog behavior training, in all positive methods, at the International Animal Behaviour Training College (IABTC) based in Doncaster. Matt is also part of the highly esteemed Kennel Club Accreditation scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Canine Behaviour (KCAI). Book a Dog Walk in Brighton & Hove using the button below.
I’m Louise and moved from busy London to Brighton about a year ago after completing my Level 3 Diploma in Animal Care, which was highly focused on animal behaviour and dog training! My background in working with animals has meant that I have dealt with a variety of species with varying behaviours. My most recent employment has been in care roles, including looking after children with disabilities who have complex health needs as well as challenging behaviours, as well as caring for people within their homes. I am naturally patient, trustworthy and calm, which has allowed me to manage challenging behaviours whilst understanding the importance of using rewards and positive reinforcement. My main priorities are to ensure that you feel comfortable and happy whilst your furry friend is in my care, as well as them being happy whilst exploring natures beauty in the surrounding areas with me! I also have experience in customer care, meaning I am very sociable and I absolutely love meeting new people. I am so excited to start with ROODDOG, meet you all and your furry friends.
Hey, I’m Rich. I currently live in Hove with my fiancee and my 2-year-old English Bullmastiff, Betty.
I’ve been working with Matt for over a year now after deciding to make a big career change from the construction world to pursue my love of canine creatures. Being the proud dog-father of Betty, means I know how important it is for your furry companions to have a great time socialising and exploring on their daily walks. I plan to further my training in 2021 to include dog behaviour training so that in the future i can offer 1:1 training. Soon, I will also be offering home boarding.
Whilst out with the ROODOG pack, I aim to maintain a happy and calm atmosphere to ensure your dogs have the best experience during their walk. I am experienced in walking and confident in handling large breeds as well as little ones.
I will provide a reliable, trustworthy, and friendly service ensuring your dogs feel safe and content throughout their time with me.
I have my Canine First Aid qualification and have undertaken extensive training with Matt, who graduated from the International Animal Behaviour Training College (IABTC). This enables me to deliver a first-class service to my clients offering assurance that their dogs are in safe hands.
about Jordan Wade
Lauren is a lifelong dog lover – having grown up with English Bull Terriers and French Bulldogs.
Her Frenchie, Attila, is her best friend and is the apple of her eye. They have a very special bond and Attila’s lovely manner and impeccable behaviour shows that Lauren is a safe pair of hands with any dog.
She loves meeting and working with new dogs – with the primary goal of making them happy – this role is a dream come true!
She has a wealth of world travel experience which means she is a natural at meeting new people. This extends professionally when meeting new clients, building great relationships and making them feel at ease with her super friendly manner.
Hey I’m Jake! Growing up in Shropshire I’ve always had a love for nature. Living by the farm started my love for animals leading to me getting my old English sheepdog mickey! Mickey is a fun-loving boy who still thinks he’s a puppy!
He now has a little sister Zulu who keeps him on his toes! Five years ago I moved to the seaside in Brighton. Mickey and Zulu love coming to the beach with me and watching me paddleboard! I have several years of experience in customer service working in management roles dealing with different people every day. I love meeting new people and gaining trust especially when it comes to something as important as someone’s fur baby!
Hi I’m Louise, I currently live in Hailsham but am originally from Brighton. I live with my fiancé and 2 chihuahuas Rambo and Ripley, who are age 9 and 10.
I have worked in the leisure industry for over 20 years but during lockdown decided on a change of career. As a dog owner myself I have always loved animals so this is my dream job. What could possibly be better than to be out walking with some furry friends enjoying the fresh air and nature.
I love to meet new people, coming from a customer service background, I want to ensure that i provide you an excellent customer service experience. I look forward to meeting you and your dogs, and will make it a positive and fun experience for all.
Hi! My names Kate, I moved to Hove from South Africa almost 2 years ago with my husband and two furchildren, Dexter the Dorkie and Toby, a Scottish Terrier cross. They are very special little boys, both with their own unique little characters who constantly keep a smile on my face. They love going to the beach or joining us on a hike on the Downs.
Having grown up in South Africa I am passionate about the outdoors and wildlife, however, dogs have always been my first love. I am a qualified Environmental Manager and have 7 years of experience in the automotive manufacturing industry in South Africa, however, prior to that, I spent a lot of time at a rescue centre in South Africa, assisting initially, as a volunteer, walking rescue dogs daily, soon after I was offered a permanent job. I spent the majority of my time working with dogs that required special care and attention.
I love being able to build trust and develop a strong bond with dogs, especially those that may initially be nervous or unsure, to see them finally blossom into a confident, happy dog.
I feel that my experience, as well as my passion, patience and caring nature, equips me to provide the very best experience for the dogs in my care, and I will always ensure all dogs in my care are safe and happy. I love meeting new people and building a good relationship, thus ensuring peace of mind when entrusting me with your furchildren on their daily walks.
My name is Donna, I currently live in Hove, I moved here 14 years ago from Surrey. My background is working as a freelance makeup artist in London and have over 25 years of retail management and customer service experience. When I moved to Brighton, I had the pleasure of working at Choccywoccydoodah as a Retail Manager for 10 years.
Over the years I have had many fur babies and because of my love and passion for dogs, I have now decided to have a complete change of career. I am currently studying to do my level 3 diploma in Canine Care, Welfare and Behaviour.
I am so excited to be joining the “ROODDOG” team and to spend my day in the great outdoors walking all your gorgeous dogs. Whilst your furry friends are in my care, I will give great customer service. I am reliable, trustworthy and will make sure your furry friends are safe, well looked after and have the best time on their walks.
dog walking brighton and Hove
If you are looking for safe and professional Dog Walking in Brighton & Hove then you are definitely in the right place.
We are friendly dog experts, always reliable and insured to walk 6 dogs. We are passionate about dogs and love looking after them. Your dogs will enjoy interesting walks at Waterhall and Devils Dyke, and we promise you we enjoy these walks just as much as the dogs.
Dog walks last 1 hour and we walk whatever the weather. The time your dog will be with us including drop off and pick up will be approximately two to two and a half hours per day, we can pick your dog up from home or work, whichever is more convenient for you.
You can rest assured that we will always make sure your dog is well watered and any excess mud wiped off and paws washed to avoid any muddy paw prints on your carpet! It is good to know that we are vigilant about picking up after our dogs as we love to keep the places we walk clean for other walkers and animals.
How our dog walking service works
Our uniformed walker will collect your dog in our air-conditioned, fully ventilated van fitted with spacious and secure cages.
Your dog will enjoy a 60 minute walk with their new pals and walker. Fitted with a gps tracker when off the lead to keep them safe.
After your dogs walk we give them some time to unwind and enjoy a nice bowl of refreshing water, before getting back in the van.
Your dog will be returned to your home after their enjoyable walk. We have a paw wash in our van to wash muddy paws
dog walking faqs
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Will I meet my new dog walker?
Every new customer will get a face to face meeting with Matt Rood, the founder of ROODDOG. He will go through all of your requirements, and you will be allocated a dog walker. We always try to keep the same dog walker for every dog for consistency, the only exception being holidays and staff absences. We also do monthly meets ups where you can meet up with all our dog walkers and walk with us and our dogs while we show you where we walk your dog.
How many dogs do you walk at any one time?
ROODDOG will walk no more than 6 dogs at any one time. Each dog has to pass a Behaviour Assessment too by our in house and Founder Matt Rood. All walkers go through an extensive training program with us and are regularly assessed.
Group dog walking is a fantastic way to socialise your dog and build their confidence and they gain greatly from this social aspect of their walks.
Can I specify a particular time for my dog to be walked?
Yes of course. We offer 3 hourly walks a day. A 9am/12pm and 2pm walk. Also add on an hour either side for pick up and drop home. We do try our best to stick to these times, but due to traffic, weather etc these times may vary slightly. We will always contact you to inform you if we are running early/or later than schedule.Group dog walking is a fantastic way to socialise your dog and build their confidence and they gain greatly from this social aspect of their walks.
How long are dog walks?
All our walks are for a minimum of 1 hour long, plus please do add on an hour either side for pick up and drop home. These times may vary on the day depending on the dogs locations, traffic or weather.
Where will my dog be walked?
We will walk dogs at Devils Dyke, Southwick hill and Lancing hill.
All our walks are carried out in parks and green open spaces where it is safe, secure and interesting for your dog. We vary the locations daily in order to provide variety for your dog. Each of our dog walkers have their own favourite places which they would be happy to discuss with you at your introductory meeting.
My dog is nervous around other dogs, will you be able to walk him?
Yes of course. If your dog is very nervous around other dogs, the biggest benefits of group dog walking is how much it can improve your dog’s socialisation/confidence. Therefore if your dog is nervous but non aggressive we can start off with their first walk, with another friendly dog. Then slowly introduce him/ her to an appropriate group of friendly dogs, a little bit at a time. We love seeing just how quickly they can gain confidence and settle into group dog walking with a little support and reassurance from one of our lovely dog walkers.
Do I need to be at home when you collect or drop off my dog?
No, we are fully insured to hold your keys, which enables us to collect and drop off your dog while you’re not at home. All keys are kept in a key safe at your area managers home address and will never be marked with anything other than the name of your dog.
What safety measures do you have?
All our walkers are experienced and receive full training in dog handling and canine first aid. All dogs are fitted with a GPS Tracker when in our care.
What happens in an emergency?
In an emergency situation we will call you immediately to discuss the event. If we can’t get hold of you and urgent veterinary attention is required. We will take your dog to your nominated veterinary surgery.
Can I just have occasional dog walks?
Yes of course. We are very happy to offer ad-hoc walks or regular walks. We are incredibly flexible and that’s why we have created a booking system to suit your needs. You just need to set up an account and you are ready to book walks. Each walk will show you how many spaces are left. You are even able to book a walk an hour before it starts if available.
Can I meet the person who will be walking my dog?
Yes. We strongly recommend that you have an introductory meeting with your dog walker at your home to discuss your requirements prior to walks taking place. These can be arranged at short notice for a time that is convenient for you.
Will my dog be walked by the same person each day?
Most of the time, yes you will have a dedicated walker. However there may be the odd occasion due to illness or annual leave where we will need to change walkers. The back up walker will be fully briefed on your dog’s specific needs. All our team are very experienced and well trained.
Are the dog walkers insured?
Yes. All ROODDOG staff are fully insured and CRB checked. They all attend an extensive in house training programme.
Will I be charged if I cancel a dog walk at short notice?
We are very flexible when it comes to bookings and 24hrs notice will ensure there is no cancellation fee.
Can you do evening and weekend dog walking?
unfortunately, we don’t offer evening walks. Our latest walk of the day is 2 pm Monday to Friday. We do offer a Saturday walk which is anew service. Walk times on a Saturday are early afternoon. Prices do vary for Saturday prices, so please refer to our prices page for specific charges
Do I have to pay for dog walks upfront?
Yes. We have a booking system which allows you to book your walk and pay for it at the same time. We accept payment by credit or debit card.
Do you take bitches in season?
No. Unfortunately it is ROODDOG policy to not take a bitch which is in season. We look forward to welcoming back your dog after a week after the last sign.
DO YOUR SERVICES CATER FOR ALL dog BREEDS?
We take each pet on its own merit and not on the reputation of particular breeds. We meet all dogs before we walk them and each new dog is subject to a trial period and a behavioural assessment by our Behaviourist
DO YOU WALK DOGS OFF THE LEAD?
We will only let your dog off the lead once we have fully bonded and formed a relationship with your dog. A dog walking application will be given to you at the beginning to fill out and we must have written/signed consent too, to allow your dog off lead. If your dog is not so good on their recall we prefer to keep them on a long lead and let them run and play in safety.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY DOG DOESN’T GET ON WITH ANOTHER DOG?
We carefully pick which dogs will walk together, if we find an imbalance within the group we will switch accordingly and inform you of our decision. We want your dog to enjoy their walk with ROODDOG.
WHAT HAPPENS IN BAD WEATHER?
We get wet and muddy lol!! Each van has a cleaning system called MUD DADDY and we will do our best to clean and dry your dog off as much as possible.
I’m on the very edge of the area you cover, how much do you charge for travelling?
We don’t charge for travelling. Provided you are located in the area, pick up and drop off is covered in the price of the dog walking in Brighton.
ROODDOG dog training IN BRIGHTON
dog behaviour training brighton
Matt Rood is highly qualified in dog behaviour training, he completed his training, in all positive methods, at the International Animal Behaviour Training College (IABTC) based in Doncaster. He was lucky enough to be trained by the No1 Behaviourist for the Kennel Club, Angela White!
Matt is part of the Kennel Club Accreditation scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Canine Behaviour (KCAI). This scheme is known for its drive to “set the bar high” for all behaviourists and trainers. It does this by insisting on intense commitment combined with gruelling standards, and the KCAI qualification in dog behaviour is the most highly-respected amongst the canine fraternity
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I’m so happy to have found ROODDOG – from the first point of contact Matt was communicative and forthcoming (meeting us the next day and Monty on his first walk the day after) and Monty LOVED his first walk with him. The icing on the cake is the Instagram stories of the dogs on the walk – when I’ve got a long day it’s so nice/comforting to log on and see Monty having a ball with his new pals and being made a fuss of. I’m so impressed with what Matt and his team offer! Would recommend to the moon and back.
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Absolutely 100% recommend Matt and his team. The dogs come first, Bandit absolutely loves her walks with ROODDOG! Matt’s advice is really helping with Bandits training and socialising too. So so happy we found you guys! Thank you for all your help and Bandit love x
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Matt ran a training session for dogs when my 8 year old shihtzu/Maltese cross Roxy, was about 2mths old and she has loved him ever since. We used day care at his previous employment and now I use him for weekend stays when I am away. I trust him implicitly and Roxy does too
I recommend ROODDOG for anything to do with dogs
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Matt has been looking after my two spaniels for over a year now. Cannot recommend him enough! Always reliable. Excellent rapport with the dogs – they absolutely love him! It’s hard to tire out a young springer spaniel but Matt’s walks just do the trick. There is 100% trust in his professionalism. Plus he is constantly working on improving the experience for his clients – both dogs and their parents. GPS trackers were a brilliant idea!
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We have been using Rooddog since May this year and our black lab Wallace LOVES his walks with Matt. He is always eager to go and it is great to see the instagram videos of the walks. Matt has also done several sessions of effective training with Wallace and is always there for advice. Would recommend Matt and Rooddog to any dog owner and thank Anne for introducing us! x
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We’ve only had one training session with Matt so far, but it was fantastic. He really took time to understand the issues and had great advice on how to deal with them. Easy and simple tricks but Matt was keen to ensure our dog remained a dog and not a robot! Would definitely recommend.
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Absolutely fantastic help from Matt at RoodDog; gave me the confidence and tips to walk Henry my Springer off lead up on the downs without worry, and how to reinforce better behaviours. Training for me as much as for Henry. Thoroughly recommended. Henry is flying high now!!
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We love Rooddog and Matt and most importantly our cockapoo does too! Bonnie has been walking with Matt for 3 years and she absolutely adores him (sometimes a little bit too much!). He has also helped us with her training and he is very knowledgeable on that.
Matt is completely reliable, trustworthy and communicative; the little videos of his walks on Facebook and Instagram keep us entertained. I never have any worries when Bonnie is out with him.
I would recommend Matt to anyone who is looking for a superb dog walker. Thank you Matt!
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Matt is an absolute dream and has become part of the family. He’s utterly reliable, trustworthy and communicative, and our dog is completely besotted with him. We are very lucky to have Matt! His daily videos are both fun and informative, and we’ve recommended him to many people both for walking and for training. On a scale of one to ten, we give him an 11.
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We have been using Rooddog since May this year and our black lab Wallace LOVES his walks with Matt. He is always eager to go and it is great to see the instagram videos of the walks. Matt has also done several sessions of effective training with Wallace and is always there for advice. Would recommend Matt and Rooddog to any dog owner and thank Anne for introducing us!.
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Our 15 month old cockapoo Rufus has been joining Matt and the other dogs since he was tiny! He absolutely loves his days out with the gang, and we can’t fault Matt for his love and care for the dogs, his professionalism, timekeeping and patience when our work timetable is all over the place! 100% recommend Rooddog and the Instagram stories are simply brilliant to keep an eye on your four-legged family member when he’s out and about!
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Matt is simply the best dog walker you could ever wish for. He has looked after Ozzy our shi tzu for nearly two years and Ozzy now is a huge fan of his Rooddog puppy pals. and esp his master Matt. We look forward to Ozzys reg walks and he always comes back chirpy and happy. Matt thanks to you your dedication, drive, kindness and skills You have transformed all our lives and congrats with your company success …xxxx I cannot recommend ROODDOG enough !!!!!
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