My name is Amanda and I am a 25-year-old college student, Army wife and mother to a 4-year-old Terrier/Basset Hound mix named Leo. While I am not in school or at home, I am actually a professional dog walker/sitter for a company in Baltimore. I also have experience being a dog walker/sitter from when I was in middle and high school, so I understand the importance of punctuation, especially for a dog.
Through the past four years of helping to raise Leo (with my husband) I have obtained a vast amount of experience and knowledge about doggy issues: anywhere from socialization and aggression issues to digestion problems. For instance, Leo had major aggression issues and barrier issues towards new people and animals when taking walks. Although he had never hurt anyone, and still hasn't, he definitely scared everyone, including myself. Putting him through training was really training for myself because I was taught how to control the environment and show, through positive reinforcement, that new people and animals can be a positive experience too. Receiving this type of training is really what opened my eyes to becoming a dog walker and, soon, to become a dog trainer.
So for the owners that have dogs, or pets in general, that have those types of issues, I understand and I can help. I understand how to approach a dog that is triggered when looked into the eye and I know when to back off when said dog needs space. Body language is definitely key and sometimes it just takes a process.
As for now, just being a dog walker/sitter, I would be taking your pooch on about a mile to two mile walk (depending on their age and breed), helping him/her to work off that hyper energy and obtain a healthy amount of exercise. I also love taking dogs to the dog park because it provides a great area for said dog to engage in play-fighting and other social behaviors between canines. The dog park also provides an area for your dog to escape from walking on cement and being surrounded by buildings to running freely on grass. Nothing says an ecstatic dog than belting freely down a field of grass.
I’m here to help and I hope to hear from you soon.
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