Zachary Swanson, ProspectBArk Territory Manager!

"I will take special care with your pet to develop a personal relationship."

Neighborhoods: Ditmas, Kensington and Windsor Terrace

About me:My earliest childhood memory was the day my parents rescued and brought home Frida, a very loving golden retriever mix. As my mom tells it, this was the happiest day of my life. Ever since that day, I have shared a special connection with dogs and animals of all kinds.

Before moving to Brooklyn, I worked at a dog rescue and kennel facility in Connecticut. Rehabilitating the rescue dogs was a very rewarding experience and I was able to develop a unique relationship with each rescue. I was also afforded the opportunity to work weekly, often one-on-one, with an experienced trainer on handling and behavior. From all of this I have experience in handling all breeds and temperaments, with an understanding and awareness of the dog psyche.

I will take special care with your pet to develop a personal relationship, allowing for maximum trust and comfort. The bond with our pets is a singular experience and I look forward to sharing all of my love and caring for your pet.

Favorite Dog Breed: My favorite breed is the Doberman Pinscher, for its combination of strength, elegance, intelligence and beauty. I also have a special love of pit bulls for their nurturing and playful ways.

When I'm not walking dogs... I can be found playing my upright bass or enjoying a concert around town. I have recorded albums with The Movement Trio, Letitia Van Sant and Jazz Lunch. Feel free to learn more at my personal website:

Comments about Zachary:

"Can't say enough good things about Zach! We own a Pitbull-Lab mix, and when Zach told us at our first meeting that he had experience at a rescue facility with Pits and Pit mixes I felt very confident. Every walk comes with a great break down of how the walk itself went and a snap shot of our dog Louie out and about. He is fantastic!" ~ Bill, Megan and Louie (the dog) Saxelby
"When my husband stopped working from home, we needed someone to cover midday walks for our beloved pit mix, Shorty. But we were very concerned about finding the right match because Shorty has separation anxiety, so hellos and goodbyes can make the difference between a quiet evening and 3hrs spent vacuuming up couch bits. When Zachary met Shorty, it was love at first sight. His calm and gentle manner is great for dogs with 'worry wart' personalities, but he has no problem handling the willfulness and energy of power breeds. Shorty is over the moon on days they've walked together. Zachary is also responsive and an excellent communicator with humans, so it's been super-easy to schedule with him. He's great with kitties, too! I've referred two friends to him in just over 6 months. A+!" ~ DBB & Shorty
"Prospect Bark is the best. They held a major role in helping our amazing rescue girl find her place in Brooklyn. I know we can count on her being taken care of and getting that mid-day structured walk she needs. Zachary has amazing communication with us, always sending detailed information and a photo of our girl. Our relationship with Prospect Bark has allowed us to have a social life. They are always willing to give her a second walk if we won't be home till late - and we don't feel guilty because we know Lucy gets the special care and attention that she would have received if we had walked her ourselves. I would recommend Prospect Bark to anyone looking for peace of mind that their dog is being given the best care and will never be left high and dry." ~ Erich & Lucy, Windsor Terrace
"Zachary is hands-down the best dog walker I have ever worked with. He is kind, positive, punctual, and 100% trustworthy. I never worry that he will forget a walk, or that he will be late. He always goes the extra mile to accommodate my last minute schedule requests. Griffin, my Basset-Staffie mix, can be a handful on walks -- he tugs, chases all animals, and eats everything off the street. But Zachary handles it all with ease and actually seems to love my crazy pup. I wholeheartedly recommend Zachary; I would not trust my 'son' with anyone else!" ~ Maya & Griffin
"ProspectBArk is a great service for someone that wants to ensure great care for their pet. Zach has been assisting with Pinky for more than a year and is very caring and loving with Pinky. Pinky has some special needs and has to have medication twice a day and I never have to think about it when Zach comes. Pinky loves people and not really into other dogs, so it is great to have a good companian and person for those walks. Zach is very sweet and caring with his interactions with Pinky as well as has great communication with me after all her walks. I know that Pinky has a great time and is always taken care of with Zach. Pinky is thrilled to have a friend and care taker with Zach!" ~ Liz & Pinky, PLG
"So we adopted a puppy, now what? My fiance and I both work long hours and we needed someone who we could trust to not only go in to our house when we are not home but also take care of our #1 little man, Barley. Enter Zachary. From the initial visit my nerves were set at ease. He showed up on time, answered our million questions about puppies as well as walked us through what to expect if we were to use Prospect Bark. From the first couple walks I could tell Zachary was the man for us. We have an older cat who at the time was not handling the introduction of a puppy very well, Zachary went above and beyond and sent me updates on how Soybean was doing when he would go in to walk Barley. To top it off I have had several neighbors in the building stop me in the hallway to comment on 'my dog walker'. They all had such great things to say about him and how he handles Barley. It was fantastic to hear since you never really know what happens when you are not around. I have since referred Zachary and the team at Prospect Bark to neighbors and friends. I can't say enough great things about him and the company!! Thanks Zachary and Thanks Prospect Bark!! " ~ Jessica & Barley