What Our Clients Say


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We were so fortunate to find Claire, our dog walker. I trust her implicitly with Alfie, and know he is in safe hands when he’s out for his walks. The excitement Alfie shows when he sees Claire is lovely to see, and made me realise how much she cares about her dogs. Her professionalism is second to none, and her flexibility with our hours is great, as my husband and I work shifts. I’ve recommended Claire to many people, and they are all delighted with her care of their dogs. The bonus to knowing Claire is that she is also a lovely person.
— Gwen - Alfie’s owner!

Claire has taken Monroe for a whole day’s fun for about a year now. He gets picked up before 9am and comes home, happy and tired at the end of the day. From the first time, Claire picked him up, Monroe has never been so happy to see anyone! He actually whines at me if I don’t open the door fast enough so he can race downstairs to greet Claire when she comes to get him! Claire has also taken Monroe for boarding for a number of weekends and again, I get a very happy, tired dog back. Monroe absolutely loves going out with Claire and all his doggy pals and I would highly recommend her services. Thank you Claire, John and Bailey for your excellent service!
— Monroe & co.
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Claire and the team have been looking after our fur baby Walter for his whole life (over two years). He absolutely adores his time with Claire and she is always available when we need her no matter how short notice. She is trustworthy and reliable. Walter spent 16 days with Claire while we went on holiday with our family and I wouldn’t trust anyone else with him. We have peace of mind everyday knowing he is having a nice time with his dog pals, being exercised and loved by the team while we are at work. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Claire and the team!
— Lauren, Craig and Walter

We have been trusting Claire with our beloved Lola for two years, and wouldn’t dream of sending her anywhere else. Claire and her team are trustworthy, professional and communicative, and most importantly, her love and passion for dogs (and theirs for her) is abundantly clear. Lola is a hugely important member of our family, and we are entirely confident she is having the time of her life on her walks with Claire - we would recommend her to anyone without question!
— Keith, Lindsay and Lola
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I can’t thank you enough for being so brilliant over this year. Lexie adores you and she is so much fitter now and more relaxed with other dogs. I’ve been able to relax knowing she is absolutely fine and that come rain or shine you’ll be here and smiling! You’ve been so flexible about accommodating my changing plans and caring towards me as well as Lexie that I truly don’t know how we’d manage without you.
— Lexie & Jan

Elsa our flat coated retriever has been looked after by Claire a couple of days a weeks since she was 6 months old. You don’t just trust anyone with your dog but Claire has become a caring and dependable friend. Elsa, now almost 2 years old so enjoys her weekly run, swim and playing with her pack. Thank you
— Gordon, Steve and Elsa
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Missy, our young Golden Retriever, is walked by Claire and her team two days a week. As a very sociable dog, Missy enjoys both the exercise and the interaction with the other dogs. She’s always delighted to see Claire at pick up and has a good, long snooze when she returns. We have used dog walkers for 14 years and find the level of care excellent. Finding someone you can trust to look after your dog whilst you’re away isn’t easy. Having known Claire for several years and how well her own dogs have been cared for, we have no hesitation in booking Missy in for holidays with her. In fact, the only concern is whether Missy misses all the fun when she comes home to us!
— Laura

We have been absolutely delighted with the care and attention given to our dog by Sociable Hounds. Claire is totally reliable, takes him on long and varied walks and ensures he socialises well with other dogs. He returns home happy and content. I feel reassured knowing that my dog is safe, happy and well looked after.
— Caroline and Rhu
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Claire is an exceptionally reliable and trustworthy dog walker. She has a natural and genuine love of dogs. Her dog walks are varied and interesting. Our GSP adores Claire and I would have no hesitation in recommending Sociable Hounds to other dog owners.
— Ruth

Claire and John are fantastic. Claire is completely reliable and is very helpful and easy to deal with. More importantly the dogs love her and can’t wait to get out to walk with her. I would highly recommend her.
— Ginny and family
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We couldn’t be happier to have Claire walking our puppy, Ted. He has a great time and we know he is so well looked after. We love seeing photos of him out on his adventures!
— Ted

Our family dog Spencer has been with Sociable Hounds for over a year. Sociable Hounds provide a fantastic reliable service but most importantly Spencer just loves his doggy day care and comes home a tired happy dog!!! I would recommend them to any dog lovers.
— Lyn
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Baxter is always excited to see Claire and we are impressed with her friendliness and positive attitude
— David & Sylvia Calder

The service Claire provides at Sociable Hounds is quite simply fantastic.

We tried so many other dog walking and boarding services - including the biggest named ones in Edinburgh - before we found her, and would never use any other dog business but Sociable Hounds ever again.

The dogs at Sociable Hounds do not spend hours in the van, awaiting multiple pick-ups. They are not left to their own devices to roam on a patch of land. Or come back with the person dropping them off having no ability to say how the dog has been all day. Claire and her team have perhaps the best ratio of human carers to dogs anywhere in Edinburgh. As well as being immensely knowledgeable on dog behaviour, she is kind, gives every dog the attention needed for its needs / breed, and often picks up on any tiny differences in behaviour / health before the owner!

My dog - like all the dogs at Sociable Hounds - just cannot wait for Claire and her team to arrive in the morning. The walks - at a variety of places (woods, beach, fields and rivers) - leave all the dogs beyond happy and well exercised. The pack size and type of exercise they get is perhaps the nearest to what dogs would get in the wild. My dog comes home ready for his dinner and a deep, happy sleep.

The home-boarding service Sociable Hounds provides is also excellent, with dogs welcomed into Claire’s home as if they were family. It is a holiday for the dogs to look forward to themselves.

We do not believe there is a better dog walking/boarding service anywhere in Edinburgh (or beyond.)
— Virginia Wilde & Colin McNeill (with Gus, the very happy flatcoat retriever)
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Claire and John have been looking after our cockerpoo Alfie for a number of months now, they have been brilliant.

We’ve previously had three dog walkers over the years (Alfie is 7); knowing he is well looked after and exercised is so important, people we can trust with Alfie has always been a priority.

Well Claire and John have exceeded our expectations, more than we could have hoped for.

They are friendly, responsible and care for all the dogs so much. They keep in regular contact with how Alfie’s getting on, and are completely flexible with the days they can look after him (our needs change every week due to the nature of our husband’s job, and we have found that to be an issue with previous dog walkers)

Alfie loves the days when he’s out with Claire and John, he always comes back both incredibly happy and clearly well exercised, we have noticed how much more settled he is which is wonderful. We especially love that he’s not kept on a lead with other dogs and walked locally, but is taken to parks and allowed to run around with his friends (or pack to use the official term).

They can take him for either a half or full day - and this is what happens, he’s picked up first thing and rarely back before 1:30pm when we have him booked in for a morning, for example.

We heard about them as a recommendation from another happy dog owner, whose dog is looked after by them - and in turn we 100% recommend them!
— Graeme and Nicky Dickson

We have used other dog walkers in Edinburgh and have been constantly let down and disappointed by the service. Claire and Sociable Hounds are a breath of fresh air. Their prices are very reasonable, their service is sensational and I know that Jura is in safe hands.

My job means that I sometimes need to ask Claire at short notice to walk Jura and she is always happy to accommodate. I cannot recommend Sociable Hounds enough. The absolute relief of getting in from a long day at work and Jura be happy, relaxed, tired and clean is unbeatable.

I love Sociable Hounds and don’t think there are better dog walkers in Edinburgh!
— Annie
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