I’m a lifelong animal lover and pet enthusiast. I have been drawn to animals of all shapes and sizes for as long as I can remember. After several years working in the food industry, I decided to make a change and have been greatly enjoying my work as a professional pet care provider. My goal during my time with your pet is to engage with them in positive and fun interactions. I tailor my visits to each individual animal; from fast paced, brain-stimulating walks to cuddles on the couch and a quick potty break outside, whatever your pet needs, I look to be a highlight in their day while you’re away at work or play.
Much of my experience comes from growing up with animals, and for the past 10 years I have also been a volunteer for a local animal shelter. Through this work I have fostered many dogs, puppies, kittens and cats in my home, as well as worked with them at the shelter. Because of the great variety of animals that come through a shelter, I have had the opportunity to get to know all types of personalities including many shy ones. I take as much time as is needed to earn the trust of every animal I have the pleasure of working with. I also participate in and help organize a social dog walking group that is accepting of all breeds and personalities and I learn more about dog behavior every day doing this. I have worked with several leash reactive and socially awkward dogs, and I take a very patient approach to handling them. I have also cared for many elderly and ill pets, and I am very comfortable providing oral medications to even the trickiest of kitties if needed.
I love learning new things about animal behavior and finding creative ways to enrich the lives of our furry friends. I am particularly fascinated by dog behavior, and continue my education on this subject through books, online courses and seminars.
I use only positive reinforcement based training methods. I have witnessed firsthand the benefits of this type of training versus the more outdated methods of punishment based training. More information about positive reinforcement methods is available here.
“Perhaps one central reason for loving dogs is that they take us away from this obsession with ourselves.”
— Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson