Dogs Over 1 Year Old
This was our first time using Rover and having someone stay with Zeek that we/he didn't know. Zeek Loved Nicole and so did we. She checked in to let us know how Zeek was doing during her stay and send photos. She even checked in last night to make sure we made it home ok. We will be using Rover again and more specifically Nicole. High recommend!!
Nicole has been walking my 2 dogs weekly for the past month and most recently stayed at my home while I was out of town. We have a 10 month old puppy in need of more confidence building and she has worked wonders with him. We consider Nicole part of the family now and will use her again!
Nicole is a perfect fit for Phoebe and our mom. We appreciate her enthusiasm and look forward to many more.
Happy dogs & kitters, lets play!
Hello! For July and August, I am not available before 4pm. I am happily booking evening walks / drop-in visits only.
Hi there! My name is Nicole and I look forward to meeting you and your family!
I live in the Wilburton Park/Belridge neighborhood, and work part-time in the Crossroads area.
I have worked in and around the pet industry for the last 10+ years, including six years working with pet medical insurance. I started ...
What Nicole would like to know about your dog
Before sitting your dog, I'll want to know your usual routines so I can mimic it as much as possible. I also need to know anything that your dog is known to be afraid of or uncomfortable with, as well as what they really love! Everything from common hiding spots to favorite walks, plus things like allergies vs allowed treats, usual behavior around other dogs or people, and so on.
I also like to know what training commands and/or tricks your pets are familiar with. I prefer to use the same language used by owners to increase the pet's understanding and confidence during our time together. (For example , do you say "go potty" or do you say "do your business"; do you use "heel" or "stay with me", etc.) Let me know if you are working on any behaviors or tricks, I'll gladly continue working with them.
* Grooming basics available FREE!
Think brushing, eye and ear cleaning. Nail trimming available ONLY if your pet is comfortable with it. Etc. Just let me know if you'd like me to take care of any of these things for you, or just leave their tools out and I'll do what I can. Please note that I can only offer these services for pets who readily accept it - I am not trained as a groomer and thus not able to offer more extensive services.
* I am trained in giving IV fluids and can usually pill a cat. I have experience with some special needs pets, but we would need to discuss the scope to ensure I am able to properly care for your pet.
* If your household keeps aquatic life or other unique pets, I can most likely care for them as well! I would be happy to take care of that overdue water change for you, and have directly cared for rabbits, hamsters, ratties, African Grey parrots, lizards, a pot belly pig, and more!
Recently there has been a lot of interest in boarding! Keep in mind that when boarding your pet, you are asking them to be comfortable with being in a brand new environment, with new people. For many dogs, this is likely to put them on edge, which can cause even them to exhibit new or unusual behaviors.
For this reason, I typically only board pets that I already have a existing relationship with, either from dog walks or from previous pet-sits in their home. If your pup is naturally quite mellow, or happily crate-trained, this is a big help in them being able to be comfy and safe in a new environment.
If you would like to discuss boarding, consider scheduling a few dog walks or similar visits prior to your trip so that we have a chance to get to know each other; at minimum I require a trial run visit (no last minute boardings). All this said, I still highly recommend in-home pet sitting! Most cats and dogs are still happiest when they get to be in their normal home environment where they feel most comfortable :)