Welcome to Wagnificent! I’m Alyssa Berkovitz, leader of the pack and proud mom to a 1 y/o Great Dane, Kernel. I started Wagnificent in December of 2017, after several fun years of on-leash dogwalking. Many dogs I walked had good recall skills and were eager for more exercise, including Kernel. This inspired me to start a physically and mentally stimulating program for dogs, where they are rewarded in numerous ways for exhibiting good behavior. Hiking off-leash with the pack gives each dog a sense of confidence, friendship and EXHAUSTION! I build trusting relationships with every pack member by routinely practicing basic commands and using positive reinforcement, including but not limited to cheese.
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2019 SERVICES & RATES
1 hour off-leash hike | $32 one dog | $50 two dogs
pickup & drop-off included (add $6 for dogs 3+ miles off route)
in severe weather, safety permitting, the pack stays close for a 1 hour on-leash, neighborhood walk
15-20 minute visit | $20 one dog | $30 two dogs
includes a walk, feeding, etc.
full day care | $50 weekdays | $60 holidays
1 hour off-leash play
9-11a pickup | 4-6p drop-off
boarding | $65 nights & weekends | $80 holidays
1 hour of daily off-leash play
9-11a pickup & drop-off
50% deposit due upon confirmation
pet photography | $450
shot by alyssa b. photography (that's me!) at your favorite local spot
35-40+ edited, full res photos
online album to share with family & friends
custom designed, professional quality framing and albums
portfolio at alyssabphoto.com
Where do you take the dogs?
We hike at Cat Rock Park in Weston, where I have a license with the town to hike with 5 dogs off-leash at a time.
What areas do you service?
I'm based in Brighton, Oak Square, and service parts of Brookline, Brighton, Newton, Waltham, and Weston.
What is your hiking availability?
Mon - Fri pickup time:
Pack 1 | 9a–11a
Pack 2 | 10:45a–12:45p
Sat-Sun pickup time (availability pending):
Pack 1 | 9a–11a
What if you're unavailable?
If I’m unavailable for hikes, you will receive as much advanced notice as possible. Fellow dogwalker, Abby B., will most likely cover for me.
My dog is not ready to be off-leash. Can he/she still enroll at Wagnificent?
As long as your dog walks well on-leash, he/she is welcome to join for a walk. I'll most likely recommend a front-clip harness for smooth walking.
My dog is usually friendly, but has had some fights in the past. Do you think he'll do ok?
While it may sound intimidating, I encourage the use of basket muzzles on dogs who have acted aggressive in the past (i.e frequently fighting, biting hard enough to break skin, acting unpredictable, etc). This responsible and humane decision will ensure that everyone stays safe and in good standing at Wagnificent. It also helps desensitize the muzzled dog to situations that trigger him/her. Weston dogwalker's are required to report bites to Animal Control, so it's better to stay safe than sorry!
How long are the dogs out for?
The dogs are out for a maximum of 2.5 hours. We hike for one hour and pickup/drop-off dogs along our route from Brighton to Weston.
How do you keep track of all the dogs?
Dogs are given exciting rewards on hikes, like cheese or rotisserie chicken, to ensure good recall and overall behavior. Dogs who will not come for a tasty treat must walk on-leash.
What if the weather is bad?
In inclement weather, the pack sticks together for a one hour on-leash group walk around the neighborhoods. If it's unsafe to be outside, the pack will walk for up to 30 minutes for $20. If you already paid, the remaining balance is rolled over to cover your next service.
Do you have insurance?
Yes, I am fully insured.
How do you accept payment?
Cash, check, or Venmo
Wagnificent offers the perfect service for my active 2 year old Australian Shepherd. Off-leash hiking at beautiful Cat Rock Park! It's a dog's life for sure. She comes home happily exhausted. Alyssa is lovely to work with-responsive, attentive, courteous, and reliable. She takes extra care to ensure that her "packs" are comprised of dogs with the right temperament to make the experience social and safe. I've also used Alyssa for some full-day care when I've needed to go out of town and for boarding on several occasions. It's really worked out very well. I love seeing the posts and videos on insta so I get to join in the fun vicariously!
My energetic Golden Retriever has loved off-leashing hiking with Alyssa and the Wagnificent pack! He’s a very social dog, so it’s been great for him to get some time with other dogs, especially out in the woods. He comes home happy and tired—and even on the wettest days, toweled off! Alyssa is communicative, helpful, responsible, flexible and dedicated to making sure the dogs stay safe and have a good time. If a problem of any kind comes up (my dog went through a stick-eating phase, for instance), she figures out a creative solution. She’s also a lovely person and often sends short videos, so I can see how much the dogs are enjoying themselves. I highly recommend Wagnificent!
Our Golden Doodle, Henry, has been a part of Alyssa’s pack for about 2 months now and we could not be more satisfied and grateful for her services. We are avid hikers, but also work full-time, so knowing that Henry gets outdoor, off-leash exercise and much-needed doggy socialization during weekdays makes us (and him!) happy. He comes back one tired pup! Alyssa is professional, friendly, flexible and, trustworthy. We love Wagnificent!
I was referred to Alyssa by my daughter’s friend. My 13 1/2 yr old dachshund has never been to a kennel when we travel, Alyssa took him on a one night trial to see if he got along with her great dane, Kernel. Apparently, despite the size differential - which is substantial, they hit it off, and he was able to stay there for a few days in early July. Alyssa has been most accommodating of my elderly dog, who is no longer able to take long hikes with the other dogs. She administers his medications, makes sure he is fed, taken out, comfortable and most importantly loved. She is highly reliable. She also does pick ups and drop offs, which is hugely convenient. I can highly recommend her and Kernel - a Wagnificent team!