I enjoy getting dogs of all stripes, sizes, and personalities out for a daily spin, and providing that peace of mind for their people. I have a particular soft spot for walking reactive/anxious dogs – which started with my own. My beloved Husky, Kota, experienced some tough times as a pup before I adopted her, making her anxious, fearful, and reactive as an adult. Helping Kota become less reactive and more confident has been so gratifying that it inspired me to take my learning about dogs a step further. In January of 2015 I earned my CCDT through CATCH Dog Trainers Academy and now teach Basic Manners classes at the MSPCA in Methuen.
Working with reactive dogs takes patience and perseverance, which are interpersonal strengths I developed during my former career as a middle school teacher. There are many differences between kids and canines. But I’ve learned they both need time and good teaching to learn things – whether it’s math and science, good leash manners, or posing for the camera to get that perfect head tilt!
I was also a flight attendant for 16 years, which has taught me that when a few hundred strangers are stuck together for several hours in close quarters 30,000 feet in the air, some of them can get a little “reactive/anxious” too. It was my job to make sure passengers had a pleasant flight, which meant keeping them calm, relaxed, and safe. Working with dogs helped me realize that some well-timed “treats” (like cookies!) can help with that.
But back to working with your pets: whether your dog is sociable or a bit grumpy here and there, I can make both your lives better and easier. From getting them exercised, to using my patience in capturing their spirit through my knowledge and photographic skills. Contact me now to find out how.