*I've updated my rates and services to include pampered pets and new guidelines. We limit our guests to 2 per day so that each dog receives one on one dedicated attention. This is perfect for the anxious dog and busy pet parents who may not always have the time to provide a full days attention to just one dog. I will provide basic grooming: cleaning ears, organic bath, organic homemade pumpkin treats (safe for dogs with gastro issues), nail trim, brush and tooth cleaning. We also go to the local park to walk one mile and play in a large fenced in area. We also provide either a grain free top quality meals or home cooked organic meal of choice.
We are selective about the clients we take on. We consider this to be a family environment. We want to ensure a good match so you and your fur baby are happy. The first step is a ten minute phone call to get to know each other. Then I schedule a meet and greet in your home to see how your dog interacts in her or his own environment. It's less stressful for dogs and it eases separation anxiety. Then we do a meet and greet at my home so you get to see the dog basement as well as meeting Ben. Ben is as non-reactive and sweet as a dog can get.
As a pet mother to five amazing babies, 4 cats and one dog, I take my love of animals and bring it what I do everyday.
The way I parent my pet is probably the best I can describe my philosophy for pet care. My dog Ben eats a combination of very high quality foods from the natural pet store, sometimes even filtered water and snacks like sweet potato. He gets up to 10 back yard breaks a day.
I use a common sense approach to nurturing dogs. The entire basement is devoted to pet care, there is a carpeted section as well as a concrete section where dogs with bladder or gastro issues can rest comfortably. For anxious dogs I am able to sleep immediately next door or even in the same room. *The dogs do not have access to the rest of the house, anymore.
We currently cannot take on aggressive or highly reactive dogs.
My back yard is large, fenced in and dogs are always monitored while outside. Depending on the weather each dog will get 1 walk per day in addition to the multiple back yard playtimes. The dog area is partially carpeted and partially concrete so that destructive dogs and young dogs can run amuck without worrying about damage. So there is no additional charge for dogs who may have these issues.
All photo and video updates will be posted to my Facebook page. The video updates typically take up to one hour a day to prepare and send so I've made the process more streamlined.
In order to manage expectations a meet and greet is required. We explain the process, what care your dog will receive, you get to meet Ben and take a look at the dog area.
Dogs in care can experience very common issues. These can include but are not limited to: Separation anxiety, gastro intestinal issues, urinary issues, refusal to eat, reactiveness, biting, etc. I have 12 years of experience in handling each of these which we can discuss in advance and determine a resolution.
Separation anxiety: Exercise, extra attention, and treats can ease SA within a few days. Some customers may have medication but I find they are typically ineffective. We use natural lavender, hugs, napping, and other gentle forms of reassurance. They tend to be more effective than just medication and exercise alone.
Eating: Dogs rarely eat their own food when away from home. They're kids, they see new food and refuse to eat theirs. They can also have nervous tummies. In these cases we supplement the food with natural foods or organic pumpkin, coconut oil, grain free kibble, probiotics or homemade foods. Typically at no extra charge.
Gasto/Urinary issues: We provide up to ten breaks per day starting at 6am and ending at 1am so they do not become bladder anxious. Some dogs that are used to being left alone for lengths of time drink less water causing mild UTI or mild dehydration which can mimic anxiety or may drink excessively due to nervousness. Separation anxiety can cause these symptoms. Lot's of breaks can help encourage dogs. We don't turn away these dogs since we have a specific dog area where damage is not an issue.
Reactiveness/Biting: We observe all dogs each day and note any reactive behavior. Dogs are not people, they communicate through growling, snapping and biting. Our observations are for safety purposes and we immediately communicate any highly reactive behavior. As a 12 year veteran, I can assure each pet parent that there is nothing to worry about. In some cases I will recommend training as a form of desensitization to stress and coping. As well as forming a human/pet bond. The more the pet trusts humans, the less reactive they may be. If there is any aggressiveness or reactiveness that we can't resolve we will help you find suitable accommodations or use a kennel until we can communicate a plan.
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