While in my home, your dog is an important member of the family. I have created a safe, comfortable, and fun environment for the dogs. I generally take 3-5 dogs at a time, the perfect number for optimal socialization without it being overwhelming for them. Plenty of exercise, attention, and affection is given at your dog's home away from home.
My goal is to provide an alternative to the traditional kennels and dog boarding facilities that can make some dogs anxious, scared, or stressed. The dogs respond well to the homey atmosphere and fall right into our healthy, active routine. Your dog is encouraged to make themselves right at home and enjoy their time here.
About this sitter:
I have always been an animal lover and have had animals all my life. My educational background is in Applied Social Sciences with an emphasis in Non-Profit Management, and I have worked/volunteered in the animal rescue/adoption field for years. I am currently earning my dog training certification in addition to the self-taught skills I have acquired through the 30+years of raising animals.
Does/is your dog...
Have any history of general aggression towards people or animals? Food/toy aggression?
Have any dietary restrictions/food allergies?
Know any commands/words? Any specific training?
Have any medical conditions?
Are they current on shots?
Are they on heartworm and/or flea preventative medication?
I have administered different medication to many types of dogs and I am comfortable giving your dogs whatever medication they need.
My entire day is dedicated to the care of the dogs in my home. This is my full time job so I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to be with the dogs throughout the day. I supervise all mealtimes and playtimes, and I am engaged with the dogs always.
The only time your dog would possibly be alone is if I had to walk dog(s) separately or if I had to run a quick errand, 20-30 minutes tops. If your dog can be unsupervised for that long they can hang out in the house, no access to doggy door/outside. If they cannot be unsupervised (aggression, chewing, "marking their area") they would be crated for those 20-30 minutes.
The yard has two patios--one measuring ~20'x17', a great place to play ball and hang out. The second patio measures ~10'x15' and is located right off the front door. There is an extra large doggy door, so the dogs have constant access to the yard during the day.
In addition to the two patios and fenced-in vegetable garden separating the patios, there is a separate gravel "potty" area measuring ~10x15 and a 40' gravel dog run along the side of the house.
The entire yard is fenced-in with 6' privacy fences and locked from the inside. There are gates separating the four separate areas of the yard -- dog run, patio/potty area off living room, garden, large courtyard/patio off the entrance --. The gates are utilized for safety during drop-offs and pick-ups, always ensuring the dogs are securely fenced in and have zero opportunity of getting out.
The dogs really enjoy the unique open space, and the freedom to go inside and out on their own. The yard is set up in a way that is extremely dog-friendly and I am able to supervise play in every area at once.
There are many very comfortable options for napping/sleeping areas, and I allow the dogs to choose where the sleep as long as they can be unsupervised at night (no aggressive behavior, chewing, or "marking their area"). There are two couches in the main living/office area and a large window seat in my bedroom.There are also crates with bedding in the bedroom if that is something the dog prefers. I also provide dog beds/blankets, or you can bring theirs from home.
My area is great for walking dogs and I have the opportunity to take the dogs for walks often. I am on the Spring Creek Trail/Spring Park so the dogs and I spend much of our time there. For safety, all dogs are on harnesses and remain on leash at all times during walks. I will provide the harness if your dog does not have one.
I am also a few blocks away from the dog park on Lake Street and will take the dogs there during the hours of the day it is not very crowded. It is a nice, quiet, fenced-in park that is great place to run and play ball.