I am a pet lover but with my lack of income and future goals of long-term travelling I am not able to support my own pet at this point in my life. However, I have gotten the most joy this past year through dog-sitting for my parents when they leave town for a weekend or staying at my sister's house when she's gone to look after her cats.
This past summer I went with my mom and our two puppies - black labs - to their puppy training school. I am not a professional trainer but I learned a lot over the course of the month and a half about how to teach young dogs to sit, wait, lay down, and walk properly on a leash. This particular trainer emphasized positive reinforcement and reward training. We never used explicit vocal rebukes during the training process and our puppies responded well to this.
I live in a fairly small apartment so it is best suited for smaller, indoor trained dogs. However, I am open to large dogs too because I love going for walks especially if I get to do it with a furry companion. Additionally, I have two room mates who are also pet lovers that would love to join us on our walks and play time. I love to play with dogs, cuddle with them, and spoil them with their preferred form of petting - tummy rubs or behind the ear scratches. Any dog that stays with me is more than welcome to sleep on my bed or on the couch that I have in my room if they look to be closer to their human companions. They are also welcome to use the couches or window nook in our living room.
I adore spending time with other animals as well - cat cuddles and play time suit me just as well as dogs! A previous room mate of mine had a hamster and we had pet fish so I have experience in those areas as well - cleaning their tanks or cages and feeding them. I don't have much experience yet with gerbils, rabbits, or reptiles but I am more than willing to learn and take care of them, too. I have had some experience administering oral medication. I have not administered needles to pets before, but I would be capable of doing so if I saw it demonstrated first.
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