Costello is the founder of Royal Wolves, a sort of baroque dog walking service that prides itself in not only exceptional dog care, but sharp style. As an artist, Costello is keenly aware of the power of aesthetics, and when he started Royal Wolves near his Riverside Park home 15 years ago, he also knew he needed to stand out. The answer, he decided, was a uniform. Drawing inspiration from icons such as Ralph Lauren, Indiana Jones, and the Marlboro Man, The Academy of Royal Wolves was born in 2002. Costello is dedicated to preserving the integrity of our neighborhood, all the while taking the utmost care of our furry best friends.
Here at the Academy, all our "wolves" are treated like royalty. We provide our own waste bags, refreshments and leather training leashes to ensure your pets comfort. Each client receives a custom leather diary embossed with their pets name to keep track of their daily activities, walking and bathroom habits. Like our handlers, all our wolves must adhere to a dress code, which is a fashionable bandana that displays their name and rank. We round out our service by providing each client with a class photo - bad hair days are encouraged!
Do you only have one dog in the household and wish you could socialize him/her more but don't have the time? Then this service is for you. Our "wolves" are uniquely paired with other pack members to ensure an even match in temperaments, age and activity level. Group walks last one hour and consist of 4-8 wolves per group. If you live in a dog friendly building, we offer competitive group pricing models to maximize your dogs outdoor time while minimizing the cost to you.
Ideal for pet owners who have two or more dogs per household. Our semi-private walks are composed of no more than 3 dogs per handler. This option allows your pooch to stretch their legs while slowly acclimating them into the social scene. Semi-Private Walks last one hour. If you have a single dog per household and require a Semi-Private Walk, our handlers will match your pooch with a wolf of our choosing.
Like people, some dogs prefer their own company. If your dog is more of a people person than a dog person, have no fear, we'll provide them with the one-on-one attention they crave. Private walks last one hour in length.
When you gotta go, you gotta go. Relief walks are ideal for puppies and senior dogs who need to go out more frequently. This service lasts between 15-30 minutes or until your furry best friend gets down to business.
Start'em young! Acquainting your new pup with his/her new surroundings is pivotal in the first 6 months. Imagine how startling it is for a puppy to take in all the city sounds and sights!?! We're here to ease this transition by offering puppy play dates, relief walks, and leash training classes for both you and your new furry best friend.
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