The owner of Joy Dogs is now in veterinary school, so is no longer in the Amherst area to do pet care. However if you need pet care in the Amherst area or are a pet care business that would like to get referrals she can still be contacted.


Dog walking, training, consulting and pet care in Amherst MA

Emily Joy Peterson has experience caring for a wide range of animals, from farm animals to household pets. She has been walking dogs for 10 years and has a particular interest in canine behavior and training. Emily is also available to work with you towards improving communication between you and your companions through behavior consultation and training sessions. Emily has a BS in Animal Science and an MS in Neuroscience and Behavior, and has experience with pet first aid and basic veterinary care.


Dog Walking

Do your dogs want to run in the woods? Or just play in the yard for a few minutes? Whatever your pet needs while you're away, Emily can make sure that they are happy and relaxed when you get home.

15 minute walk or play in the yard - $12

30 minute walk - $18

1 hour walk - $27

Add manners training during your walk - $5

Family rates vary for multiple dogs.

Pet Sitting

From home visits and feeding to special medical care, Emily is available to take care of your companions while you are out of town.

Single or multiple visits per day including: feeding, walking, attention and play time, administration of medications, watering plants, turning on and off lights, bringing in the mail...

Custom pricing depending on services needed.

Overnight care can also be arranged for existing clients.

Dog Training & Consultation

Does your dog need to work on his manners? Is your dog the PERFECT dog... except when she destroys the trash? Emily can work with you and your dog using positive training methods to help overcome annoying behavior issues or just to help an already wonderful dog have more fun and learn new tricks.

1 hour consultation - $40 - Discuss the issues you are having with your dog and learn some training basics.

30 minute training session - $30 - Basic manners, obedience, socialization and tricks.

Add extra manners training to your daily walk for $5

Puppy or new dog planning

Picking out the right type of dog to match your lifestyle can be a challenge. Introducing your new friend to your home and family, and getting started with a healthy routine are all important when starting a new companionship with a dog. Let Emily help you get prepared and start on the right foot with your new friend!