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Health Watch: Adventure Pet

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It is a highlight of the week – every week – for dozens of dogs in Northern Nevada. An area business called Adventure Pet will come to your house, pick up your dog, take them for an outing and then safely return them back home. “We take them out for an adventure - about an hour in the hills - and then we drop them off,” explains Troy Herrera who created Adventure Pet with his wife, Stephanie. From hikes to dog paddle dates, Adventure Pet takes several packs of pets around town to explore – all off leash. "That's key. Here they're getting physical stimulation, but the mental, too, for the ride in the van and adventure out here."

The Herrera’s, along with their 10-year-old daughter, Sam, started this business not even two years ago. Both Troy and Stephanie left their corporate jobs because of Adventure Pet’s quick success. "This was supposed to be a part-time job for me, but it's exploded," says Stephanie. They started with a dozen dogs and now, with a team of trainers, they are able to run about 200. They have access to three large, private properties in the area. However, you’ll notice, the dogs always stay within close range. As part of the interviewing process, the trainers evaluate a dog’s ability to get along with others and their recall. If they are up-to-date on their shots and meet the other qualifications, they will go on a test run with the pack.

While the play dates for pooch are fun for the dogs and trainers alike, "Sometimes I throw balls for the dogs, or rub bellies for them,” giggles Sam, the outings also serve as exercise for the dogs, perhaps even while their owners are at work. In some cases, the excursions also help to rehabilitate the dogs, too. Take Zephyr, a five-year-old long-coated German Shepard, for example. Adventure Pet helped with her recovery after ACL surgery. Zephyr’s Mom Valerie says it has done wonders for her spirit. "She's a wonderful dog. But she needs a lot of action, a lot of movement and attention. I could run her on a leash five days a week, but she truly needed to really get out and run."

Sierra Veterinary Specialist’s Krista Cioffi echoes the health benefits for the dogs. The veterinary surgeon says it is not just helpful post-surgery - but also for socialization. "Puppies, seniors, middle-age dogs, too – they want to have some excitement. They don't want to be left home all day. And the older guys… arthritis only gets worse when you sit around and do nothing."

That is never the case out in the hills. “If they're not tired at the end, then I haven't done my job,” Stephanie says. Some dogs come out twice, three times or even five days a week! And, as Troy learned, if not? "Owners will send us pictures of dogs waiting by the door. They all know their days, they all know their times and if they don't get to go - owners usually pay the price for that!"

The price for a run is $25. To learn more about Adventure Pet, including its new boarding facility under construction, called Base Camp, in south Reno, click on the following links.

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