Testimonial by River McDonald of Edinburgh Dog Behaviour (EDB)
Clan Canines and River from EDB worked together for a mutual client for over 12 months and River attended Clan Canines crusades 3 times a week during that time.
River has a Bachelor's degree in Zoology and a Masters degree in Applied Animal Behaviour & Animal Welfare. In addition, she has 16 years experience doing training and behaviour work with a wide range of animals, from orangutans and elephants to domestic dogs. She is a provisional member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) and is currently working towards certification as a Clinical Companion Animal Behaviourist. She has been specialising in dog behaviour counselling for 4 years now.
Stephanie & Murphy
Gillian and Doodle
"We are farily new to Clan Canines, and my strong & energetic dog has become so much better behaved when we are out and on the lead, which I know is due to the way Tammie interacts with the dogs and the good manners she instils!
I "found" Tammie when I was walking to work one day and was struck by how caring and patient she was with one of The Clan who was being a little bit reluctant to get in to the van. I spent days trying to remember what was written on the van and eventually remembered.
From the first contact with Tammie, I could see how professional and knowledgeable she was; the evidence of insurance, the registration with the Council, the evidence of the dog first aid training, dog training qualifications. From the daily posts she makes on the owner's private page you can see that the dogs love being out with Tammie and are stimulated when they are out, not just let off the lead and left to run riot as can often be the case. Fergus is a mud magnet (sorry Tammie) and he is always brought back to the house clean which is not an easy feat.
I am so grateful I saw Tammie that day and cannot recommend her highly enough. Fergus absolutely loves his walks with Tammie and his Clan buddies."
Andreana & Fergus
"Tammie walks our dog Rafa, an active border collie who needs substantial walks and lots of mental stimulation. He adores her and is thrilled when she comes to collect him. And he comes home obviously tired and happy! Tammie has always been very reliable and professional and clearly puts a lot of thought into giving the dogs a good experience. We were also very pleased that she began with a proper assessment to make sure Rafa was a good fit for the walks at the start. We are very happy and would not hesitate to recommend Clan Canines!"
Murray & Rafa
"Tammie has been walking Harvey for over a year now. I swear he loves her more than us!! Tammie is so amazing, she looks after Harvey so well and he loves his walks and time with her and the clan! She takes them to different places all the time, is so organised and keeps in touch with us via messaging whenever I have a query, and through photos of the pooches on their crusades! We definitely recommend Tammie. She is so professional, amazing at her job and just all round great!"
Mansha & Harvey
"Tammie walks my little dog Daisy. I love that she knows all the dogs she walks so well, makes instant connections with them and treats them all as her little family (the clan). I have complete trust in her! Daisy's had some problems with her legs over the past year and Tammie has been amazing, keeping an eye on her, and taking little breaks if needed. In all the photos from the walks Daisy has a giant grin, and she is always happily sleepy afterwards. I look forward to days that Daisy is with Tammie as I know how happy she is when with the clan!"
Lisa & Daisy
"Benji first met Tammie six months ago and it was simply love at first sight! You only have to mention Tammie's name and he races to get his harness on & he's ready for yet another adventure. He loves interacting with all his other clan buddies and reacts when we mention their names!
Tammie takes such great care of all her little furbies making sure they are safe and happy. Benji is so relaxed after the morning's excitement he happily snoozes in the Clan Van on the way home!
We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Tammie & the Canine Clan as a MUST have addition to your dog's life.
Benji, if he could speak/write, would have penned this himself and finished off with a great big kiss xx"
Bryan, Eleanor & Benji
"Tammie has been walking Charlie for several months now and it's lovely to see how happy he is when he sees her. It's great seeing the pictures of him enjoying his walks with the other dogs and knowing he is in safe hands."
Lyndsey & Charlie
"Tammie has been taking care of Jack and Coco for over a year now, regular walks and on their holiday too, and they absolutely love Tammie and the clan. I always know the pups are in safe hands and having lots of fun. The service provided is second to none. Tammie always goes that extra mile, whether that's dog welfare, flexibility with extra walks or creating a safe and fun environment for the dogs. I would highly recommend."
Stuart, Jack & Coco
"Tammie walks our dog Cooper. He absolutely loves his walk days and always gets super excited as soon as Tammie arrives to pick him up. Cooper was only 7 months old when he started with Tammie so although he was too young to join the full Clan adventures, Tammie came up with a solution that allowed him to get out and about with some of the clan. Not only does he love it, he has also improved in some pretty key training elements which is a huge bonus, and gets to hang out with all his Clan mates a couple of times a week which he loves. Tammie is excellent at what she does, we were recommended her by a friend who had some bad experiences with dog walkers. She loves her job and all of her Clan which really comes across as soon as you meet her. She is an absolute diamond and we can't recommend her highly enough!"
Nick, Hilary & Cooper
"Maisie is our 8 year old beagle who has had several dog walkers over the years. Before meeting Tammie, she had almost zero recall and lived for her next meal - anywhere or anything remotely edible. Tammie became our dog walker over a year ago and has been an absolute blessing. Nothing phases her in a beagle's world. Maisie returns home tired, content and sleeps for several hours after her walks. Maisie has also gone on the Clan Chieftain's Crusades and doesn't move for the rest of the evening! Tammie is amazing and has become a special part of not only Maisie's life, but mine too and is an invaluable support when I'm working or going away for a few days. She's the best!"
Jacqui & Maisie
"Tammie walks my Newfie, Luna, and I can safely say I implicitly trust Tammie to take excellent care of her. I've even accompanied Tammie on one of the clan walks and seen first hand the dedication and love she puts into looking after every single member of her clan. Luna has also used the clan boarding service which was an exceptionally positive experience, I can't recommend Clan Canines enough!"
Barry & Luna
"Tammie has been collecting Murphy from my home and dropping him off at my Yoga Studio, which has been amazing! She is so lovely and really super organised. Nothing is ever too much bother, but most importantly, Murphy absolutely loves Tammie. He is totally infatuated by her and loves to have a really good cuddle snuggling in very close when she drops him off. They have a magical bond and it is just so adorable to see. Seeing Murphy's reaction to Tammie is the best sign to how great she is with him. It's amazing and a joy to see how much passion Tammie has for the dogs and I highly recommend her. Thank you Tammie for being such a great help to us both."
Stephanie & Murphy
"There really aren't enough positive things I can say that would do Tammie Kirk justice. Our two dogs both LOVE to see her van pull up. Tammie sends and posts lots and lots of photos of the walks, so even without tagging along we have a very good understanding of what their experience has been like. Our dogs regularly show more joy in those photos with Tammie than they ever do with us, so Tammie is definitely doing something right."
Keegan and Jabbers & Tootsie
"Clan Canines is absolutely suberb!!! Tammie is fantastic and an amazing walker! She walks our dog Mia who absolutely loves her and gets so excited when she gets picked up because she knows she's in for a lot of fun!! Tammie knows all her dogs so well and really goes the extra mile..we are so pleased we managed to find Clan Canines!"
Jamie & Mia
"Tammie has been amazing looking after my little Lhasa Lola. I'm a nurse and work shifts meaning I've no set routine. Tammie has been extremely accommodating and helps me out whenever she's available. Most importantly Lola adores her, and loves her Tammie time walkies. Thank you Tammie! Can't recommend you enough."
Katrina & Lola
Tammie has walked my Westie over the last few months. My dog is always delighted to see her and can't wait for his weekly walks with her. I have limited mobility so I am unable to walk far, but I know that Tammie will always take him for a good walk to one of his favourite haunts. She always tells me about other dogs they have met and what fun the dogs have playing together. I would recommend her as a very caring dog walker."
Regina & Tweedie
"Tammie has been taking my wee dog out for adventures for many months now and I don't know what I'd do without her. A great girl - flexible, reliable and so lovely with my dog. I'd recommend her care to anyone in edinburgh without hesitation. A real find."
Jan & Blanche
"Tammie has been walking my 14 year old chocolate labrador Murphy for several months now.
He's only really fit for a plod round the block nowadays or a wee play in the house or garden.
He is always in really good fettle when I get home the days when Tammie has been and always gives me the low down on the latest "chat !!".
Tammie is extremely upbeat all the time and very very good at getting back in touch with dates or any concerns etc.
She is also very patient with my chocolate OAP!
I highly recommend her and wish "Clan Canines" every success !!"
David & Murphy
"Our little dog loves the clan, and goes nuts when Tammie arrives! We take this as a really good sign!"
Karlie & Poppy
"My little Pom Daisy has started going for walkies with Tammie one day a week and can't recommend her enough. Thank you! X"
Lucy & Daisy
"Tammie walks our friendly 2 year old cavapoo every week. Tammie is extremely friendly and nothing is too big an ask. Highly recommend."
Anna & Bolt