I have loved and cared for dogs my whole life. I dog sit regularly and have a 10 year old rat terrier, Abby, who loves the company. I trained her with Dog Whisperer principles. She's great with other dogs and adjusts to their temperament and activity level. I work mostly from home so I'm usually with the dogs, though in the evenings I often leave for a few hours to tutor.
I prefer to take one dog at a time, but may take two if they come together. I prefer smaller dogs up to ~30 lbs since I live in an apartment, but I'll consider larger dogs if they are calm and friendly and alright in a smaller space. The rates for daily and overnight sitting include at least one walk. If I leave, it will be only for a few hours and I can let the dogs roam the house, put them in separate rooms, or use a kennel, depending on what the dog is used to.
I work well with older dogs and special needs dogs who need a bit of extra attention to make sure they eat their food and get their medicines. For dogs with anxiety issues, I think it's best for them to have a regular sitter -- over the course of several sittings, I've helped dogs go from extreme anxiety to acting like my place is their second home. I also take dogs for extended stay if an owner needs to be away for weeks or months at a time. I also work on leash training dogs who need a bit of instruction to heel on walks.
I live on the second floor, so dogs should be able to climb stairs, or be small enough and willing to let me carry them up and down. To potty, I take the dogs outside (3-5x day) and we walk up and down the sidewalk (in addn to the longer walk) out front where there is plenty of grass and shade. I live in a very dog friendly neighborhood.
Also, I've recently obtained a certificate of completion for the Dog Emotion and Cognition online course offered by Duke! It was fascinating and I learned quite a bit about dog thinking and communication.
And finally, the cover photo of Abby and I was taken by Tim Gostony Photography -- I highly recommend him for your professional photography needs!
Looking forward to meeting you and your pup!
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