“Before we committed to hiring Nikki for our two year old Cockapoo, we were constantly juggling our morning and evening routine around the dog, and often felt guilty on the days that we didn't have time to take Toby for a longer walk or run in the park. After getting into a consistent schedule with Wigwag Club, we have more time back into our days, and Toby is a happier, more exercised puppy. Toby loves his crew and gets excited when he sees Nikki's van outside of our apartment—and we love the email updates that we receive once the walk is done (complete with fantastic pictures of the group & a GPS tracked route) and, above all, the fact that Nikki seems to love Toby as much as we do! She focuses on ensuring that there is a positive group dynamic, that the dogs are safe and motivated, and that everyone—including the owners—are happy. We can't say enough positive things about Wigwag Club and Nikki!”
“Our pup Sammy has been part of Nikki's Wigwag Club for over a year. Sammy had been through a lot of change and was very timid and reluctant to go on walks at first. Nikki came up with a plan to get Sammy more comfortable with the idea of it. We started slow and had him on private walks and slowly but surely built him up to group walks. Nikki's patience with Sammy was simply amazing. I could tell that she really wears her heart on her sleeve and cares about the dogs in her group. If she was not so patient with Sammy he would never be as social and active as he is now. I credit her to helping Sammy feel confident and comfortable with other dogs and even adding years to his life. He is so much more active now and loves going on the little adventures with his Wigwag Club pals.
Nikki has also done pet sitting for us several times including a two week vacation. When she pet sits Nikki cares for both Sammy and our cat Stella. She always takes such good care of them and is experienced in giving medicine to Sammy who has eye and ear problems. I feel at ease knowing that I am leaving my babies in her hands. We always come home to happy pets and a well cared for house.
I cannot say enough about how great Nikki is. She is truly a gentle and loving person to Sammy and Stella and we are lucky we found her! I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a dog walker or pet sitter especially if your dog has some special needs like Sammy!”
Abby & Sean N.
"It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with Nikki Howard of Wigwag Club. Our terrier-mix, Larry adores Nikki and so do we! We first got to know her when my husband and I went on a two week vacation. A good friend of ours stayed at our home while Nikki walked Larry once a day while our friend was at work. We loved the daily email reports and pictures from the walks. Our friend also reported that Larry was happy and relaxed when she got home every night. It was such a positive experience that we decided to ask Nikki if she could walk Larry on a permanent basis.
Nikki is a kind, compassionate and patient person who has treated Larry with the utmost care. Larry is an exuberant, friendly dog, but does not have good recall skills. He is also the kind of dog that benefits from reinforcement in doggie manners. Nikki is very caring, but is also consistent in enforcing good dog habits through lots of positive reinforcement. She also practices recall skills with Larry by keeping him on a long leash. This way, he stays safe but also has the freedom to explore during their adventures. Best of all, he is happy and exhausted when he returns from an adventure with Wigwag Club!"
“We adopted our 25 lb terrier, Thistle, just a few months before our daughter was born, and quickly realized that we needed help with dog walking. Thistle is always so excited to see Nikki when she arrives, and he's grinning and tired when he returns home.
Thistle has really benefited from socialization with other dogs of a similar size, and we like to joke at home about the many crushes he's formed in his walk group. Nikki is extremely accommodating, and we've been able to periodically add last minute walks outside of our normal weekly schedule when we have a particularly busy day and need the extra hand. We love the email updates from each walk, especially the photos of Thistle and all the other dogs at the beach. It's clear that Nikki cares deeply for each dog she walks, and takes her role very seriously. She's quick to notice if Thistle isn't feeling well, and always brings things to our attention; whether it's a dog virus to be aware of in the city, or a recommendation for a new harness or raincoat.
Nikki has also pet sit for us when we've traveled, and we trust her unequivocally. She's given Thistle so much love and attention, and we wouldn't want to leave him with anyone else. The one time Nikki wasn't able to pet sit, she went out of her wayto help coordinate pet sitting arrangements with a colleague. Nikki went above and beyond, and made sure to find a colleague who would let Thistle sleep in her bed, and not in a crate where she knew he'd be uncomfortable.
If we could have Nikki walk Thistle every day of the week, we would! We can't recommend her and Wigwag Club highly enough.”
“I am very happy that Nikki is taking care of Cody. I can go about my daily work schedule knowing that Cody will have an adventure each day with his fellow dogs. Nikki is a great communicator and keeps me informed of any schedule changes or issues that arise during the day. Cody loves his romps because he is always excited when he gets picked up by Nikki and is tired out at the end of the adventure. Nikki is very energetic and has the enthusiasm that it takes to ensure that the dogs have a awesome outing.”
"Nikki is a caring, gentle, animal-lover and it shows with the care she took with my fur kids. At the time that Nikki was scheduled to pet-sit for us, one of our pups was going through some extensive medical treatment, complete with lots of meds and a wacky diet. Nikki has experience with aging and ailing pups, and treats them with the compassion that she would her own fur kids. Unfortunately, our Yoshi crossed the rainbow bridge before we left town. Nikki was accommodating and kind, and we still needed her service for our other dog, SyBot. She was courteous, professional, and organized. Most importantly, SyBot had a ton of fun with her!"
“Nikki is very responsible and professional in making arrangements/following up/visiting my apartment and doggie. I have a 10-11 yr old Aussie Mix who became blind. Nikki stayed with Piper while I was gone and he did great. I had peace of mind and could go away for a long time and he would be great. She sends pics and updates. I also like how I can pay through PocketSuite online, making payment very easy. I only have tons of praise for her!!!!”
“Nikki @ wigwag is great. Our doggie Niko loves her and waits on the step for her to pick him up. Nikki is knowledgeable and warm and truly loves her job and it shows. She uses the latest technology for tracking and updates, which I love being in the technology field. I trust her implicitly and can recommend her highly. A+.”
"Nikki is THE BEST! She walked our young Springer Spaniel until we moved, otherwise she would still be walking him now. We trusted her 100% with him. She is responsible,kind, punctual, and a real dog loger. Our guy didn't learn any bad habits, and came back tired and happy. She even taught him new tricks. He loved his little pack with her, and we have tons of great photos she shared to document all of his adventures. As a bonus, she also cat sits, and sat for our senior kitty when we were out of town. Our cat loved her and was way happier than at a hotel. I can't recommend Nikki enough!"
"Nikki is awesome! She took care of my little man (goldendoodle) Cadet very well. He was always very excited to see her every day. She is very caring and knowledgeable. She gives detailed updates on their whereabouts and is very communicative. We highly recommend her!"