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Dog Services  

Based in Bury and the Surrounding Areas

Our Services 

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Hello, I'm Jo

Take the Lead offer dog walking services in Ramsbottom, Tottington, Helmshore, Haslingden and Rawtenstall. Established in 2009 Take the Lead is one of the longest running dog walking companies in the area and is owned and run by dog lover Jo Barrington. As well as having a passion and love for dogs, Jo has also completed a course in canine psychology, so is able to offer customers advise on aspects of training and behavioural problems.  All of our walkers are experienced in handling all types of dogs from Puppies to older dogs. We care for our client’s dogs as if they were our own and are fully insured. With over 10 years of experience in the business you can be rest assured your dog will be in safe hands with Take the Lead.

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Dog Walking 

Many of our customers work and simply don’t have time to give their dogs a really good walk every day. Take the Leads Dog Walking service is the perfect solution for them. Dogs are collected from home and transported in our fully equipped vans to the local park or country walk. Unless specified, dogs are exercised off lead as much as possible.

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Group Walks

Group walks are great fun for dogs. They get double the amount of exercise than a walk alone and love running and playing with other dogs, it’s also a great way for them to socialise. The maximum number of dogs taken on a group walk is 6 at a time, your dog will be assessed before being introduced to other dogs to ensure he or she gets on with the rest of the pack.

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Training &  Behaviour

As well as walking Take the Lead can offer 1:1 advice on behaviour issues. All training is reward based; dogs are never chastised or punished for getting things wrong. Many people perceive their dogs to be problematic and apply their own reasoning, seldom achieving any improvement. At Take The lead, we work with dog owners and help them understand why their dogs behave the way they do and how to change any undesirable behaviour.

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Situated in Ramsbottom and Haslingden, we are fully insured and offer a door to door service using a fully equipped Mercedes Vito vans, with custom built cages to transport dogs in comfort. We will collect your dog from home and drop him back after his walk. Dogs are usually out for around 2 hours so it is perfect if you have a long working day and worry about your dog being bored.


Our Pack

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Our Happy Clients

"Not only has our dog grown in confidence since starting with Take The Lead, we get a video of her little adventures. My working hours can change from week to week and the flexibility that Take The Lead offer means that when sometimes when last minute things comes in I don’t have to worry about the dog. Thank you for all your help so far."

Simon Booth

"I would just like to thank Jo Barrington for all the care and attention she gives our Max. She is totally reliable and totally trustworthy. Recently I was badly let down for holiday care at the last moment Jo stepped up and changed his walk routine which enabled us to go on holiday. I cannot recomend Jo enough. Thankyou."

Elizabeth Taylor

"I can’t recommend Jo enough. She has been walking our dogs since pups and is firmly part of the family. Knowing Eric is walked and safe means that I am able to relax. She’s also always on hand with advice if they’re poorly too! A one stop dog-loving shop! Having Jo is a complete blessing and Eric loves his time with his buddies"

Sonja Bee


Get in Touch 

Please fill out the form or call Joanne directly on 07968 056 522

Our services are available in the following areas: 

  • Bury 

  • Holcombe Brook

  • Ramsbottom

  • Greenmount 

  • Summerseat

  • Helmshore

  • Haslingden