I am a great believer in the Cesar Milan philosophy of relating to dogs as a responsible alpha leader of the pack. I spent six years taking care of a "wild" pack of Jack Russell Terriers in a private home amidst the coyote, deer, raccoons et al. There, I learned to administer injections, give baths, do light trimming (nails & hair), prepare special dietary foods, give meds and provide a dependable, safe, loving environment for the "children" of the house. I live near Broad Ripple but will travel to surrounding counties.
I have also worked with Labrador Retrievers, Goldens, Maltese, Yorkies, mixed terriers, and mixed shepherds (what my Dad called Heinz 57 varieties!).
I am happy to meet with you for a free assessment (your assessment of me, and my assessment of my ability to work with your dog(s), and your dog's assessment of whether I'm worth my salt!).
Thanks, and I look forward to talking with you -- Jeff Roby
As a child, I loved playing with family dogs and dogs on farms of my relatives. Starting as a teenager, I began pet-sitting a Maltese for an elderly woman, a Golden Retriever for empty-nesting couple who traveled, and I progressed to handling a group of three Labs for a family that traveled and had several homes. For over 10 years I assisted an elderly gentleman who had several poodles and a shepherd mix. I house/pet sat with a pair of long-hair Yorkies. And I worked six years in a private home as Dog Nanny for five Jack Russell Terriers -- one of whom had allergies and required innoculations, one required a special cooked diet and meds, all took vitamins and used dental wash treatment. I became familiar with immediate response to injury and rushing to the 24-hour pet hospital.
I like being able to meet prospective dogs and spend a little time so they can become used to me. During this time I like to hear about the dogs history, preferences, special quirks, routine, etc.
I love all breeds.
Yes -- a jeep with extra blankets and "treat bag". ;-)
I think the dog deserves at least 30 minutes of outdoor exercise (hopefully more depending on day and hour) to get their blood circulating, ease their boredom and exhaust their cardiovascular system. A dog caged for a long period without running time just builds their frustration and makes them jumpy and irritable. I would spend at least another 30 minutes with a leisurely feeding and calming "visiting" time. My goal is to be able to retire from my day job and spend much more time running with the dogs.