My name is Arjun! I am a 3rd year student at the University of Guelph and have extensive experience working with animals of different species! I am currently employed at Dogtopia, which provides impeccable service for doggy daycare, boarding and grooming. As a play attendant, I would facilitate the behaviour and overall atmosphere of a room filled with anywhere from 7 - 30 dogs at any given time ! Some breeds I have worked with include Rottweiler, German Shepherd, Siberian Husky, Doberman Pinschers, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever (Golden, Chocolate and Black), Chow Chow, Finnish Spitz, American Eskimo, Bernese Mountain Dog, American AND English Bulldogs, AND MORE!
I have a GSD/Husky/Rottweiler/Lab/Aussie mix who is turning 5 on Christmas 2016! His name is King, and he is quite the charming personality! (and challenging at times).
On a typical day, I would introduce myself to the dog in a positive environment, generally where the dog is most comfortable (e.g. your home). Once we have acquainted, gaining the dog's trust by going for our first walk is essential! This will develop the foundation of our relationship and help the dog in understanding I am the alpha. This will be done with a lot of positive reinforcement IF NECESSARY, but usually dogs are very perceptive during fast paced activities that required their attention, such as a brisk walk through the park. In addition, my experience in dealing with a multitude breeds will allow me to gauge the dog's dominance/submissiveness, and reinforce the desired behaviour accordingly. This could apply to overall dominance against other dogs (behaviours like humping, excessive barking targeted toward dogs during our walks, policing-this applies in an off-leash environment ONLY, and more).
I request that dogs are up-to-date on all their vaccines for their own benefit, but also for the safety of myself. If the rabies vaccination has not been administered NOR up-to-date, I will be able to provide any services for the dog.
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