Hello, my name is Chantal Ruivo and I am an independent Toronto dog walker, pet owner and pet lover. I have been working with pets for over eight years and it is not only my career, but also my passion. I originally aspired to become a veterinarian, however I fell in love with interacting and working with dogs directly and enjoyed the walking and boarding experience. I started my business at the age of 14 and have since developed my knowledge and reputation into a reliable business. I started working with dogs through doggy day cares and animal clinics and then began walking dogs in my neighbourhood. I have attended professional dog walking courses and I am certified in first aid for pets. I only use force-free positive reinforcement training principles that help structure positive attitude when caring for my canine clientele, and rest assured my business is insured through Profur, which offers extensive insurance that is highly recognized throughout pet care professionals. I am an enthusiastic and hard-working individual who has made it my motive to ensure my clients happiness and provide the best care for my canine family.
Experience and Credentials
Worked at Paws in the City and Woof and Shloof for two years.
Volunteered at the Toronto Humane Society.
Co-Operative student placement at a Toronto Vet Clinic.
Volunteered with Pawsitively Pet Kids Camp.
Attended Whatta Pup professional dog walking course.
Attended reactivity and aggression seminars hosted by the Toronto Center of Canine Education.
Pet First Aid Certified by Wags N’ Walks.
(I am always equipped with a doggie first aid kit)
Have worked with various dog trainers around Toronto, expanding my knowledge with dog behaviour.
Have experience with rescue dogs, reactive dogs and dogs with disabilities.
Basic training in canine grooming by professional dog groomers.
Are you welcoming a new puppy into your life?
Let Wagging With Chantal Help you with that. Puppy visits are for puppies that are too young to join group walks. During the visit your puppy will go on a short potty walk and then return home for an indoor play and cuddle session. Visits also include achanging of water, feeding if requested and a clean up of any accidents. For puppies aged 8 weeks to 4 months, visits are 15-30 minutes long based upon request and need.
As dog ages, we can gradually incorporate them into small group walks in which your pup will become accustomed to socialization and appropriate social behaviour.
Group Walks are an hour of fun socialization in various dog parks around Toronto. Not only will your dog get exercise but he or she will also have the chance to make lifetime doggie friends. Dogs are walked in groups of 3-6 dogs to ensure that every dog gets the love, attention and the care they need. All dogs are properly grouped according to temperament / energy level and location. Group walks are for canines over the age of 4 months old. Your dog must have basic training and social skills. At Wagging with Chantal we do pick ups and drop offs to and from the park, in a spacious, heated and air conditioned vehicle, which expands accessibility to clientele and parks. (Travel time to and from the park is NOT included in the hour playtime). The parks visited are fully fenced with various trails and dogs are provided with fresh water and treats. Come summer Wagging with Chantal dogs are treated to swims down at Cherry Beach, Humber Bay West, and other dog friendly Toronto beaches.
*Wagging With Chantal also offers evening and weekend walks by appointment.
Private walks are for dogs that require one on one attention. Walks are half an hour and great for dogs that are shy or aggressive towards other dogs and/or seniors. This ensures personal service based on need.
If only you could take “Fido” everywhere you went. Unfortunately, sometimes you can’t and I am here for you. When you board your dog with Wagging With Chantal your dog will always feel at home and apart of our family. I have tons of various beds, toys, treats etc. to make your dog feel loved and comfortable. Boarding is done out of my home, which you can visit before booking to ensure you are happy with the boarding conditions; clean and safe is our professional standard. I do NOT cage any dogs in my home but do have crates on hand for owners that wish for their dog to be crated at night for sleeping purposes. I offer daily updates with photos of your dog at the various parks we visited and the new friends your pup has made that day. Feel good knowing that I only board a maximum of 3 dogs at a time with 24-hour supervision.
Dogs must be spayed or neutered by the age of 6 months.
Updated on vaccinations
A meet and greet followed by a trial night to allow your pooch to get
familiar with where he or she will be staying.
Your dog must be social with other dogs, dogs with aggressive behaviour will not be allowed.
1-3 Walks Per Week $25
4-5 Walks Per Week $20
Weekend and Evening Walks $30
In-Home Style Boarding $60/ Night*
*Check out time is 9am. If your Dog requires additional care, a daycare rate will be applied.
Puppy Visits $20
Services on Statutory Holidays are + $10 to set fees
Private walks $30
*Alternate pet visits can be accommodated based upon request. Please contact for more information.
We are so lucky to have met Chantal at the dog park a few years back soon after getting our puppy, Chef. After seeing Chantal manage her pack at the park, we knew that we needed to have her help care for Chef. Not only does she have a love for animals, but she knows how to understand and communicate with dogs. Chantal takes Chef for group walks and for boarding. She gives us peace of mind every day when we are at work or when we are away, as we know that Chef is getting the exercise and stimulation he needs, while in a safe environment. Chef’s reaction when he sees Chantal speaks volumes – we know we made the right choice and there is no one that we trust more to help us care for Chef than Chantal.
Sean, Ashley & Chef
Chantal is thoroughly professional and incredibly good with dogs. We’ve been boarding Cache with her for a couple years and he always comes back so happy, as if he’s had a vacation too. He loves Chantal so much that he gets excited even when we say her name. We’ve had her take Cache for weekend trips, longer vacations, and a couple times for the afternoon, and I highly recommend any of Chantal’s services to anyone looking for safe and friendly care for their dog.
Anatoli, Lindsay & Cache
Chantal has been walking and boarding Barkley since 2008 and I can't recommend her highly enough. She has become part of our family, and Barkley gets so excited when she comes over. She is dependable and a great resource as she is trained in pet first aid and it really helps when I have questions about Barkley’s well-being.
Mark & Barkley
Wagging with Chantal has been one of the greatest choices I have made for my four legged girls Lola and Roxy! They are not just pets, they are my family, my greatest protectors and my most loyal companions. They deserve the greatest care and health whether with me or in the care of a dog walker. Chantal isn't just a "dog walker", she loves and provides amazing care for our girls, she keeps us informed of any issues or situations that may arise. I have never left my girls with another boarder either!! Whether it is an overnight need or an extended holiday there isn't another person I could trust with Lola and Roxy. Over the last three years of working with Chantal I am always surprised by her growing knowledge and expertise with her clients. I'm so grateful that we have Wagging with Chantal in our daily routines!!
Paula, Lola & Roxy
Imagine your dog walker is a gifted pack leader as well as a super dooper dog lover. Your dog will be well loved, learn how to behave, and socialize with other dogs happily. Your dog will come back home from the daily walk well-exhausted and sleep sound for hours. As soon as your dog wakes up in the morning, s/he will be waiting hard for your dog walker. This is what happens to my family every day thanks to Wagging with Chantal. The best choice for your dog and your family!
Family & Karma
Chantal has been with us for the past three years, taking care of our two Rottweilers. Chantal is caring, kind, calm, knowledgeable, professional, reliable and a lovely person. She takes care of dogs as if they are her own, knowing each one's personality intimately, always having their best interest in mind. Always ready to help, even on short notice, she proved to be an irreplaceable part of our lives and I cannot imagine what having a dog without her and her services would look like!
Jelana & Gus
We love Wagging With Chantal! We've been a client for almost a year now and we're always amazed at the exceptional service Chantal offers. She's professional, friendly, reliable, and really has a love for dogs! We know that she truly cares.Our dog Sulley loves his playtime with the pack. We definitely recommend her if you're looking for a great dog walker!
Julie, Sean & Sulley
I met Chantal quite a few years ago when I started sending my high energy puppy to daycare. Instantly I was impressed by the dedication and ease such a young person had with animals. When she branched out on her own, following her was not a question. Now, years later, I have a new puppy and live in a new city, and continue to use her services any time I am local. Without question I recommend Chantal to take care of your furry friend, they couldn't be in better hands.
Rachel & Scout
We are accepting new clients between this area range:
Dupont to Queen (N/S), Jane to Bathurst (W/E)