My name is James and I'm here to help you with a true VIP pet service. I have spent many years raising animals and working at shelters as a volunteer, specialising in larger stronger dogs and grumpy cats, both in general care and social/behavioural rehabilitation. I enjoy studying animal behaviour and biology in my spare time. Mental stimulation, physical exercise and behavioral analysis all make for a happier and healthier pet, whether its doggy weight loss, curing anxiety or simply great company on your walks, I will also never turn down a cup of coffee and a chat. The services I offer are house visits to help you out, a place to stay when you are away and dog walking. You are more than welcome to join me on the walks, I am always up for good conversation. At the end of the day, I want to help you and your pet have a better relationship, ease some stress and have fun getting exercise.
One side to Dog walking most overlook is the experience of the walker in areas fo dealing with maturity and ability to deal with dangerous or emergency situations. Having spent many years volunteering in Dog Shelters and in my career, I have had to deal with many situations, some bad, some good,always striving to deal with problems head on in a calm and professional manner.
I will give you three exmaples to highlight my skills....
Example One: In 2017 I found myself in the right place at the right time in a Dog park. I had taken a regular clients old Lab for his bi weekly dog park play time when a normal night turned into chaos. A young inexperienced lady was walking her clients Dog, unknown to her and the client, their "blue staffy" was actually 1 year old a heavily muscled staffy X bred for fighting. I took one look and knew there would be trouble, but before I could say anything she had released the dog into the park without first seeing how it behaved toward the other dogs through the fence. Her dog went straight for a large mastiff belonging to a teenage boy and bite onto its face. While everyone in the park was freaking out, I jumped into action, saved the boys dog in one hand and held off the aggressive staffy with my legs, while yelling at people to get back. The boy unfortunately due to emotional distress put his hand in between the fighting dogs in an attempt to protect his best friend and lost the end of his finger (never do this). I administered first aid to the kid, calmed the situation, called the ambulance and police... I tell this story not to boost myself, but to make you aware that experience is very important when it comes to choosing who you want to take care of your family pet.
Example Two: There are also very positive experiences. I have stated that I specialise with large dogs who have anxiety. Many people with good hearts adopt a dog to give it a good home and a second chance, while admirable, they often over look the dog's past and previous traumas. I had a client, her name was Rosie (a very strong HeelerxPitbull) and I worked with her for 2 days a week over a period of 6 months. She was an absolute sweetheart and very gentile, but reacted to canine aggression with force. Her anxiety on a lead was so bad, I couldnt get her to walk down a street without her crying and stopping to see if there was another dog or person around every corner waiting to attack her. She had very little expose to positive experiences with other dogs, that often her first reaction was to wrestle and dominate them if they showed her any aggression, rather than to ignore and walk on. It took time, but eventually I helped her realise that walking was a fun experience and other dogs could be fun too. If a Dog growled at her, she was to sit there and be patient. Granted, there are some things you cannot train out of a dog, but her progress was remarkable. I eventually convinced her owner to let me take her to a Dog park, the owner feard she would fight other dogs, but I assured her she wouldnt. I took her and after some hesitation, she spent the next 3 hours having the time of her life. Unfortunately, Rosie died a week later. She got out of her yard and ran onto a road. The story had a sad ending, but this was a dog that had been returned 5 times to a shelter and was on death row. A single mum gave her a chance and in that 6 months she for the first time had a real life, thanks to a whole lot of guidance and love.
Example Three: I have a regular client and friend, she is a lovely senior lady who first contacted me to help her walk her son's large energetic and strong Louisiana Leopard Dog, while she walked her Cavalier, while he was overseas often for work. She needed someone to help ease her anxiety and keep her company, scared her sons large dog would break lead and run off somewhere, or pull her over and risk injury. We started off going on what is now our usual 1 hour trek and became fast friends, always great conversation and lunch waiting for me. I helped her build her confidence as a dog owner and her control over the larger dog, to her to be the alpha and to teach him that he needed to listen to his Nanna. A year later we still see eachother for coffee and go for walks, her confidence to walk the dogs and deal with their behaviour a pleasant improvement. They are both wonderful Dogs and always eager to see me.
Dog walking for me isn't just about taking over when you cannot walk your dog, it is about helping people with needs specific to them. Hire the right person for the job, the person you think will be best suited to yours and your pet's needs. Someone you eases your mind and makes you smile for a job well done.
*I offer special discounts for seniors and the disabled, or even just help out if you need a hand.
Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Kelpie, Rottweiler
Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Kelpie, Rottweiler