I believe there are 2 main factors in being a great caretaker for a dog. (1) Having knowledge, understanding and experience in working with canines. (2) Having the personal characteristics including high motivation that creates successful care taking. I strongly believe I have both. I have been a dog owner for over 25 years and take pride in continuing to learn about dog psychology. Actually, I have a degree in psychology and had a career working in counseling. While that is a positive factor, my greatest asset has been my desire to learn and gain a greater understanding of dogs from my direct experience. Part of that experience has been doing volunteer work at a local animal shelter. This has been both challenging and rewarding. In addition, I have been an avid follower of the "Dog Whisperer" and have benefited from reading and watching how he successfully interacts/rehabilitates dogs. I'm fascinated with the canine species and simply love having them in my life. While I receive many personal rewards in being around dogs, I'll never lose site of their needs and how I can best meet them. I'm committed to this and in becoming a strong leader for every dog I take care of.
Although I have a modest size house, dogs will have access to most areas within it. I also have a patio deck and a decent size backyard that is completely fenced in. This makes it ideal for a dog to fetch, play with another dog or simply romp around chasing birds, squirrels, etc.
I have a nice neighborhood to walk a dog and a wooded area ( full of various game) only a few hundred yards away. I take my dog Maia in the woods almost daily.She is an 8 year old Labrador retriever who displays wonderful behavior around other dogs and people. Finally, I've lived in my home with my wife Sarah for 18 years.She loves dogs and also owns a horse that she deeply cares for. In short, she's darn good around animals. I'm home a lot taking care of my house and dog as well as helping my wife with a small business. This makes it easier to host someones dog as I have the ability to give a dog enough affection, play time and of course, any needed rules, boundaries and limitations!
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