Dogs are fascinating and give me great joy. I've walked hundreds and honestly never met one I didn't love, even the "bad" ones. I just joined DVC (Nov 2016) and it has been great. I live right off Lake Merritt which I walk everyday. If my rate seems a little high know that I offer full-time 24/7 high quality care in my safe comfy home. Every dog is loved unconditionally. My friend Julia is almost always here so double the attention!
I will take difficult dogs (leash aggression, separation anxiety etc) but might have to charge more. For small easy dogs I might be able to charge less but my rate here is what I usually charge.
I'm a teacher and longtime Bay Area owner of bookstores who now works at home full time in a huge 1920's three-bedroom apartment two blocks to the lake where I have lived for 11 years. Currently studying dog training methods and pursuing a new p/t career as a dog trainer (using “motivational” and “relationship” methods based on praise), I look forward to meeting your dogs.
Dogs & humans have an ancient and unique connection and I'm sensitive to each dog's unique character--their fears, needs, eccentricities, disabilities etc. I'm careful about their safety, dogs never get loose and are always on the leash. Their diet/hydration is important, no bones or crap on the street will be snatched! My home is non-toxic, cleaned and kept flea-free with vinegar and baking soda, I'm very attentive to all this. Your loved ones will rarely (if ever) be left alone and will receive exorbitant amounts of affection and attention.
I'm home all day & night and stay sane with many neighborhood walks so it's easy to give every dog at least four walks, I love wrestling and playing.
I can accept one unvaccinated dog but I can’t accept two or more unvaccinated dogs together unless companions.
I've owned dogs most of my life and for three years walked many hundreds of dogs for the Sonoma Humane Society where I was known as the go-to guy for difficult and large dogs. I'm physically strong and can handle large dogs and carry senior/disabled dogs up and down stairs and in and out of my car. I have a doggie seat-belt and small crates if desired.
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