I love dogs, and they love me! More than that, I have professional animal training experience as a force-free trainer, who uses positive reinforcement to reward great behaviour and increase it. I have trained horses and dogs for 10 years and love working with animals. I have experience in dog sports, too--in agility, rally and obedience--for fun and competition.
When I come to care for your dog, you can be sure that I have the knowledge and experience to make sure everyone is safe, happy, healthy and having fun! You can also know that I truly love animals and bring patience, kindness and the right touch of silly to make it work for your pet.
I typically adapt my walks and games to a dog's interest and ability, and set up challenging and stimulating experiences for them that engage their bodies AND minds. When I'm with your dog, my attention is on them, and so they get much more out of their time than they would on a usual stroll. You can also be sure that I will not reinforce unwanted behaviors, am comfortable with reactive and shy dogs, puppies, boisterous adolescents (and adults) and can be part of the team you need to work toward your training goals. I know LOADS of fun training games, and will play them with your dog--most dogs end up begging for more games!
I'm also very comfortable with other animals, and can watch horses, livestock, cats and kittens, reptiles, birds and rodents. I can give medication, both oral and shots, and clean cages/crates, etc..
I also offer formal training services, and can combine them with other services for a special rate!
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