My name is Merri (Instagram @madpaws_meredith)! I am 23, live in a home with 3 other amazing housemates, and my 13-year-old poodle X who is very spritely for her age! I love dogs, I love caring for dogs and making sure all their needs are met to the best of my ability. I have been working at a doggy daycare in Hobart for two years and I love my job! I love creating good bonds with all the dogs I care for at work and will always make the most of my time with them. The dogs I care for at work are of all different sizes, ages, and energy levels, and I am confident in caring for dogs with special needs such as deaf and blind as I own a deaf Springer Spaniel and have cared for blind dogs. I love all dog breeds (two honorable mentions are Basset Hounds and any type of Mastiff). I have a lot of experience with dogs with anxiety (my dog Muffin has separation anxiety), behavioral issues (not a certified trainer my family dog is a rescue English Springer Spaniel, Rupert, who is deaf and lead reactive whom I have been training), puppies and dogs who are high energy. I ensure dogs have structured activities personalized for them and their needs. I love dog enrichment and creating different breed need focused games. Letting a dog take control of our walks and letting them sniff while incorporating fun and exciting trick training to build your dog’s confidence. I have my certificate II in Animal Studies, I have sat in watching and participating in training classes from puppy classes to advance and with my work, at the doggy day-care I have good knowledge on dog training and behaviors and I have my certificate in dog first Aid. Next year I will be completing the NDTF Dog training course.
Dog Walking Adventures- I will walk your dog for however long is needed, depending on your dog’s needs, I can cater to multi-dog households and can take dogs on separate walks if needed. I will take your dog on different adventures and have decompressing walks where your dog will be able to sniff, wander and explore to their heart's content, all on the lead of course. I offer to help your dog with lead etiquette but making sure it is fun and highly rewarding for your dogs and only using positive reinforcement. The Walking Adventures will range from the beach to the bush, making sure each adventure is exciting and relaxing for your dogs. I am confident taking nervous or anxious dogs for adventures after your dog and I have built a good friendship (We can organize multiple meets and greet to ensure your dog is comfortable with me). All dogs must have collars and/or a harness to ensure they are safe, and I will have long lines to use on dogs for decompressing walks. If we go to the beach, I will use my own waterproof leads to keeps yours clean and dry. After a few sessions with your dog to see how they are on lead I will eventually add my own dog to the walks so your dog has a little friend to walk with.
Home visits- I offer home drop-in to clients whose dog just wants company while you are away from home. I will play games and give the supervised enrichment toys, with catered food for your dog’s dietary requirements. I can travel to most areas of Hobart such as Sorell, Clifton Beach, Old Beach, Claremont, Blackmans Bay, and everywhere in between! I will stay with your dog for an appropriate time and ensure they are calm before leaving making it a perfect time for a nap before the family gets home. If you have other pets in your home, I will also make sure they are loved, and depending on the animal they will receive some enrichment treats as well!
Doggy spas- I offer baths and brushing for those dogs that need a little grooming. If your dog is new to grooming I can help desensitize your dog to make it a positive experience for them. If your dog's adventure is at the beach, you will get a complimentary bath for your pooch!
I offer a free meet and greet with your dog in an environment you think your dog will be most comfortable. If your dog is coming for sleepovers, we will need to organize a time for my dog to meet yours to ensure they get along smoothly. If your dog experiences separation anxiety I would like for the dog to have a trial sleepover to ensure they are comfortable in my home. I can cater to dogs with some behavior problems, so please message me to see if I have suitable experience to care for your dog.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.
I cannot wait to start caring for your beloved pets! Please check out my Instagram @madpaws_meredith to see all my past adventures!