Hello, I just moved to Sydney and am originally from Vancouver, Canada. I just started a psychology PhD at University of Sydney and am working from home.
I absolutely love the companionship of dogs so I decided to make it my side gig during my PhD. I also take photos of animals I take care of and made a little blog page https://kaylagreenstien.com/aikal/
I live right beside Sydney park and know all the best spots (and shade for summer!). Our apartment building is extremely pet friendly and spacious (there's even a groomer and vet down stairs!). I have two big, well enclosed covered balconies and a big washable beanbag chair your dog will love.
I'm very happy to stick strictly to your dog's dietary and walking/training needs. I stick to on leash walking unless we’re both really comfortable with recall.
I like to take lots of pictures to send while sitting (mostly with my iphone but I sometimes pull out my pro camera or polaroid). If your dog is ok for a car ride, I love to walk around the dog beach near the airport.
I have started studying dog psychology and training on the side for fun - it's super interesting! I want to be able to communicate the best I can with your dog so I use lots of positive reinforcement - never negative. When we meet, I might seem like I'm ignoring your dog but I'm just letting them have a sniff of me on their own for a few minutes before I greet them.
I also do some basic walk/heel training, sitting and leaving the front door and name reinforcement so we can 'talk' a little better. I am by no means an official dog trainer! I'm just aspiring to have the best relationship I can with dogs.
I prefer to take bookings from people who anticipate needing a somewhat regular sitter. Hopefully both you and your dog will feel more comfortable about time apart if we're all familiar with each other.
My partner is a lovely dog loving fellow who will be looking after your pet also and will come along to meet and greets if available :)
What a booking with me looks like:
-Let's do a meet and greet at Sydney Park first to chat in person. Please note: I only take dogs who are up to date with their vaccines, house-trained and happy to be around other dogs
-I leave booking room for two dogs at a time, occasionally a third if they're one of my chilled out regular day-time only dogs
-My 'day' rate is for bookings under approx. 12 hrs and over-night rate is up to aprox. 24hrs
-After we confirm the booking, drop them off at my place on the booking day with their bed, favourite toys, treats and food (parking is pretty easy on my road).
-Throughout their stay, I'll send photo or video updates to keep you in the loop on how they're going at my place.
-Your dog has free access to anywhere in our home and we'll be doing walks at Sydney Park 3x/day. Your dog will also have access to a fake grass wee corner on our balcony
-For pick-up, I'm happy to be flexible, just keep me in the loop about your plans so I can work around them
Top features of my service:
✓ Large, secure unit directly bordering the extremely dog friendly Sydney Park and close to Sydney International Airport
✓ Lots of walking and fetch! I love to walk and jog and all dogs staying with me get at least three outings a day (in the shade and short in the heat)
✓Lots of positive reinforcement and basic training like name recall, sit/heel
✓ Right beside Southern Cross Vet Inner West
✓ Daily photos/videos during the stay
✓ Pick up/drop off services available if requested and agreed on (I have a SUV available at all times)
✓ Speak with me confidentially if you are experiencing significant financial hardship and/or an unsafe living situation