Our Story

Hounds on the Hudson was founded by Jen Guidice. After six years of working as a veterinary technician at an emergency animal hospital and as a professional dog-walker in Washington, DC, Jen relocated to Albany, New York. She continued her work as a vet tech at Parkside Hospital for Animals, where she particularly enjoyed learning about complementary medicine and animal handling.

Through her work at the hospital Jen began to see a market for dependable, trustworthy and experienced pet care–no one was providing it! During many long walks along the Hudson River and romps through Washington Park with her own two dogs (you can read a story Jen wrote about one of her dogs here), she continued to meet countless folks and their pooches who insisted she combine her entrepreneurial spirit with her deep love of dogs and the outdoors. After much contemplation and a big leap of faith, Jen left the world of animal medicine and took the plunge to create the best pet care business the Capital Region had ever seen. In the spring of 2008, Hounds on the Hudson was born.

The word grew. Happy dogs and their owners gladly spread the word about the work Jen was doing with Hounds on the Hudson. What started as a little one person neighborhood route now employs a full staff of dog walkers and pet sitters. After listening to our clients’ needs over the years, we’ve added to our classic dog walking and pet sitting services to include dog park playgroups, behavior consultations, and overnight boarding. We continue to educate ourselves in the science of animal behavior and the art of animal handling through journals, seminars, and professional training. As we grow and are able to serve more people and their four-legged best friends, our mission statement has remained the same:

Provide the absolute highest degree of animal care in an exceedingly professional manner, while providing our clients with an outstanding customer service experience. 

We are incredibly grateful for our clients, family and friends who allow us to deliver our mission 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Thank you for helping us tell our story!