Parrots to pugs, you name it, I love it! I have experience pet sitting everything from goats and chickens to puppies and bunnies. (A full list of the animals I have experience with is at the bottom of this summary). I have 8+ years experience owning dogs and pet sitting professionally. In that time I have cared for a senior dog, trained a puppy, and rehabilitated a shelter mutt. I've owned several other species of animals and trained them to various extents including potty training rats, socializing chickens, and leash training rabbits and ferrets. I also worked full time at a wildlife rehabilitation center where I frequently diagnosed injuries and illnesses, kept up a feeding and medication schedule for 70+ animals, bandaged wounds, gave injections, and cleaned cages and kennels.
When I was a teenager I had a retriever that was entering his senior years, and because of previous issues he had a huge amount of health problems. I cared for him, brought him on short walks, and made sure he was as comfortable and happy as an old arthritis ridden dog can be. In his last year my family adopted a puppy, we decided on a 6 week old rescue with a strong herding instinct. She was a smart dog and a fast learner, and training her was my responsibility. I had her potty trained in two weeks, and she knew all the basic commands by the time she was 6 months old.
Since then I've trained my newest pup, a two year old shelter mutt named Slim Pickens, when we first got him he had never been out of his owners house and was terrified of the world. Now he struts through both cities and forests with ease, often off leash and almost never distracted by his constantly changing and formally overwhelming world.
I believe that regular socialization and exercise can solve almost any behavioral problem. With dogs this will often look like bringing them on frequent walks in new and challenging terrain like hikes in the Cascades or trips to the dog park. With other animals this could include anything from a training schedule, free roaming time, or hand feeding treats and meals. For any animal the more time spent with other people, and the more training that they receive the more confident they will become. Although I am not a professional trainer I do try to instill confidence in the pets I take care of by teaching them new tricks and manners, socializing them, and exercising them with regular long walks and new adventures.
For overnight pets, whether it be at your house or mine, I will send frequent pictures and updates so you don't miss out on a second of your pets adorable antics and adventures.
I'm willing to travel all over Washington (including Eastern Washington) and possibly Oregon if you need a full time pet sitter for a week or more. I'm willing to negotiate special rates for farm sitting, and have plenty of references and experience through the WWOOF program (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms).
A full list of animals that I have experience with can be found here. If your pet is not listed contact me and I might be able to help, if not I will find you someone else who has experience with your pets.
- from the smallest chihuahua to the biggest St. Bernard
-Puppies of any age
-Special Needs + Medical
Small Birds and Parrots
Rats and other small Rodents
Chickens and other Farm Fowl
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