I have lifelong experience with dogs and hold an MS in Cynology (scientific study of the domestic dog). I have fostered cats and dogs for numerous rescues, have experience with service dogs and previously owned a small, in-home pet boarding business.
Our family consists of three animal-loving humans, one small dog and a cat. Two of the three humans work from home, including me, and someone is home almost all the time. I am the primary caretaker but everyone chips in, especially when it comes to dolling out treats and affection! I have a soft spot for special needs, seniors and fearful dogs.
For overnight care in our home, we do not take more than one guest at a time, although we may be able to accommodate more than one dog from the same family. Sorry, our cat does not allow other cats in her home.
Exercise and mental stimulation are very important for dogs' well-being and I will make sure your dog receives appropriate exercise, and I am mindful of the temperature outside and on the pavement. I am extremely patient and gentle with animals. I am able and willing to work with dogs with "behavior" problems but I do NOT subscribe to the (thoroughly debunked) "alpha dog" theory and refuse to use aversive methods, including prong or choke collars; I am happy to discuss alternatives. Dogs who like affection will receive lots of it as well as "thank yous" (reinforcement/rewards) for desirable behavior.
We have dog doors leading to a securely fenced yard, although we do not allow access to the yard when we are not home. We also have a saltwater pool for pups who like to swim (pool is fenced off so dogs have access only with supervision).
If staying in our home, pups must get along well with other dogs. Our dog usually prefers small dogs but we will consider large dogs who are very mellow and gentle. Our cat will ignore your dog, and we cannot accept dogs who are overly interested in or who chase cats.
Guests in our home must also be spayed/neutered, up-to-date on rabies vaccination or have a current rabies vaccine titer showing immunity, and be on flea preventative.
Please contact me for more information on daily schedule, training philosophy, rates and any other questions you may have.
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