I am a dog mom of one and I have been taking care of my own pets as well as those of friends for about 5 years. The majority of my experience is from working with my rescue dogs and high energy, young dogs that weren't getting enough exercise or training!
I started caring for other people's pets with a friend when I was in High School and our neighbors spent long hours at work and didn't have the energy to train or exercise their pups when they came home. We spent most of our time with a handful of different breeds working on leash manners, basic obedience and general people-greeting manners (such as jumping up). I continued gaining experience with varying kinds dogs when my family adopted a Catahoula mix named Skye while I was still in High School who came to NH all the way from Kentucky and I made it my mission to help her gain confidence and love her new life. She currently lives happily with my Mom back in NH. Now I am mom to a Pit Bull mix named Moose who is about 2 years old and thinks he's a lap dog. His previous homes were not kind to him and he still cowers at raised voices among other things.
Both of my rescues came to me with a past history of abuse and some odd behaviors to match so I am incredibly understanding of fear-based behavior like shying, submissive urination, cowering, etc and if necessary I am happy to adjust to your pet's needs so they will be as comfortable as possible.
A typical day for my dog at home looks like:
Get up between 7-8 AM and 1st potty break by 8:30.
We usually play around outside for a bit with a little fetch and do some work on his clicker training before I feed him breakfast between 9:30-10.
After breakfast he lets me know when he needs to go out which is usually every couple hours and I do mini-sessions with the clicker after each potty break to strengthen and refresh what we worked on in the morning.
We typically go for a walk at some point during the day, timing depends on the weather but I tend to prefer afternoon or early evening.
Dinner is served around 5:30-6 PM and there is a "last call" potty break before settling down for the night around 9.
I currently have four rats, if your dog doesn't get along with small animals or has a very high prey drive they may not like them. I can restrict access so they can't see them but I would prefer not to have to do that. If you are unsure how your dog feels about small animals this can be covered in the meet and greet.
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