Royal Wolves, Inc.
The Academy Crest


about us

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! 





Our Services


Group walk

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. 

Semi-Private Walk

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. 

Private Walk

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. 

Relief Walk

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. 

short-term care solutions

Traveling for business or pleasure? Fill out our contact form and tell us the type of services you require and we'll figure it out together. 

There is simply no more professional, loving, delightful Dog-care professional than Costello and Royal Wolves. I moved to NYC from VA several years ago and was so nervous to leave my dog with a sitter. Costello and his crew are kind and attentive, genuinely care for my dog, and allow me to relax when I travel. I know I sound like a ringer, but I really just wanted to post this because I feel so grateful to have found a dog walker/caretaker I so trust. And he’s got a terrific green thumb!
— A. Vandersen



Satisfied Customers





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Dressed to Lead the Pack

Dressed to Lead the Pack

Video: Royal Wolves debuts at the 5:40 mark

Video: Royal Wolves debuts at the 5:40 mark

Featured New Yorker

Featured New Yorker

      Video: Meet Precious Costello Caldwell Jr., The Steampunk Dogwalker Of The UWS



Video: Meet Precious Costello Caldwell Jr., The Steampunk Dogwalker Of The UWS





Interested in joining the Academy? Tell us a little bit about your furry best friend by filling out the contact form below. 

235 West 102 Street, Suite 9N, New York, NY 10025

P: 212.666.4732