General Information and Policies

Our goal at Doggone Obedience is to provide a safe, stimulating social environment for dogs to exercise through our walking and supervised playgroup program. To ensure the Safety and health of your dog and others, all owners, walking, and playgroup participants must comply with the following rules and regulations.

General Requirements: All dogs must be four months old to join our group walks and playgroup program. We ask that puppies be spayed or neutered at six months of age. If your dog cannot be spayed by six months of age due to medical or vet recommendations, they will be allowed to continue participating in playgroups and walks if all dogs are interacting safely. If we feel there is any concern with how the dogs are interacting, we will suspend group activities for your dog for safety reasons until they have been spayed or neutered.

Vaccinations and Health: All dogs are required to have the following shots to participate in walks and playgroups. Rabies (a copy must be sent to us via email or text for our records), DHLPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvo, and Parainfluenza), Bordetella (Kennel Cough).

All dogs must be in good health. Owners will certify that their dogs are in good health and have not been ill with a communicable condition in the last ten days. All dogs must be free from any condition that could potentially jeopardize the other dogs in our program. If your dog is ill, please cancel walks until it is no longer sick.

Behavior: All dogs must be non-aggressive to participate in our playgroup and group walks. Owners will certify that their dogs have not harmed or shown aggressive behavior towards any person or any other dogs. Please remember: your dog will spend time with other dogs in a car and on walks. Our primary concern is the safety and well-being of all the dogs in our care. If your dog injures another dog or person, the owner, will be held responsible for all medical bills related to the injury.


Collars, Leashes, and Tags: All dogs must wear a flat or martingale collar while out with a walker. Tags should be attached to the collar. Dogs 6 months of age must have a valid dog license from your town of residence, as well as an identification tag with the dog’s name and your phone number. These tags must be attached to your dog’s collar.

Weather Policy: We may need to alter or cancel walks for the safety of the dogs and humans. In cold weather, walks will be shortened to 20/30 minutes when temperatures are below 31 degrees. If temperatures are 15 degrees or below, walks will be canceled, and you will have the option of a 10-minute potty break. Walks are subject to cancelation during winter storms as well. During warm weather, walks will be limited to 20/30 minutes when temperatures exceed 88 degrees. Walks may be canceled if temps are at or above 95 degrees, and you will be provided with a 10-minute potty break option. During severe weather (Thunder, Flashfloods, Blizzards, Nor Easters) walks will be canceled for everyone’s safety.

Holidays: We are closed for the following holidays. New Year’s Day, Presidents Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Indigenous Peoples Day (October 10th), Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. If you are boarding with us on holiday, an additional $20 Holiday fee will be added for the day. We do not offer walking services on the above holidays.

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Dog Walking and Training

Doggone Obedience offers Dog Walking and Training Serves in Somerville and Medford