About Us – Dog Walkers in Stevenage & Knebworth


Background Information on Packleaders’ Professional Dog Walking Service in Stevenage & Knebworth

Hugely experienced dog owners and dog walkers, Jane & Martin know how vital regular exercise is to keep dogs happy, healthy and well-balanced.  Equally, today’s hectic lifestyles make it hard for Stevenage & Knebworth dog owners to find the time for dog walking.  In addition, the benefits to the elderly of owning a dog are significant and well proven but some may find dog walking physically difficult.  Packleaders – Dog Walkers in Stevenage & Knebworth was born of a wish to help people who are too busy or maybe too frail to give their dogs the exercise they desperately need.


Professional dog walker Jane with her dog Dougie when he was a puppy

Our little Dougie on his first day home

Prior to purchasing the business, Packleaders – Dog Walkers in Stevenage & Knebworth: Jane Johnson had various jobs whilst juggling child care but for the past 31 years Jane has made a career in dentistry, originally trained as a dental nurse and eventually as Practice Manager running two dental practices in Stevenage.

Her first role in dentistry was as a trainee nurse, moving onto her second practice 5 years later where as a qualified nurse she trained as a receptionist within a practice in Hitchin. One year later and with a whole lot more of a rounded experience she moved to Bedwell Dental practice where she worked for 15 years as a nurse, receptionist and eventually Practice Manager.
In 2011 in search of a new challenge Jane took on the role of Practice Manager for two practices within Stevenage and has enjoyed this role for the past 8 years working with a great team of dentists and nurse and meeting the public daily.

When the perfect opportunity to purchase Packleaders came along it was too good an opportunity to miss out on, as her love for the dogs and the outdoors could be fulfilled. Having owned 2 Bullmastiffs (Maggie & Dave) and now a French Bulldog Dougie who you may recognise in the videos and photos as he was walked by the wonderful Lynne for over a year before Jane takes the role on and makes it her own.

Jane will carry on the same routines with the same dogs, carrying on Lynne’s excellent care on the walks but bringing an additional opportunity of dog sitting for all of those owners that can’t bear to leave the much-loved pet in a cold kennel whilst they sun themselves on a holiday. The opportunity to share her house and large garden with her love and Dougie will ensure that whilst you relax you know that your dog is well loved cared for.

Jane is completely honest, always conscientious, totally dependable, extremely competent and will look after your beloved dog as if it is her own.


Martin landscaping the garden

Martin working. Dougie watching.

Martin Johnson is a self-employed builder. He started out as a cabinet maker at E C Hodge kitchen and bespoke bedroom furniture maker back in 1981, he left there and went to work for W G Silverton & Co Ltd as a carpenter progressing to General Manager after 26 years, unfortunately he was made redundant in 2014.

He then worked for a Pagnell Property Maintenance in Newport Pagnell as a Contracts Manager until again he was made redundant in 2017.

It was then time to take all of his knowledge and start up his own building firm. He currently works for himself and can refurbish or extend any part of a home.
He is very proud of the home he has made with Jane carrying out all of the building work in the house and the garden, always keeping busy and maintaining everything to a high standard.

He is 100% Jane’s new adventure and supports her with love and the physical demands that Packleaders will bring.

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