About Us - Frequently Asked Questions
Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
I am passionate about animals. I look at animals like they are my own children. I am here wanting to help out pets and pet parents.
Do you have a favorite story from your work?
I have many, but one that stands out was when I was working at a pet store (Pet Smart) and I was a Manager. A young kid came in with 2 baby kittens that were a week old and one of the kittens would not eat. Abandoned by their mother, he ask what to do? I suggested formula and how to take care of them. Weeks later the boy came back in and told me the kittens survived and got really big. Helped the kid out and saved the kittens from starvation.
Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
Common types are the basic types; walk the dogs, clean up after them, make sure the water bowl is full and clean the litter box, etc.. I go above and beyond for my clients and bring my own towel from home just in case it rains, so I can dry them off. If it is storming outside, I talk with the pets and make sure they are good before I leave. Common jobs as a trainer is educating the pet owners and teaching the animals commands with consistency. Assisting the pets to overcome any fears or aggressions, behaviors and rewiring the pets with positive empowerment.
What is your greatest strength?
My greatest strengths is knowledge of animals and helping others. I am a great listener, flexible, responsible, honest (maybe too honest), and very understanding.
What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
What are our experience and understanding of pets? Did we ever work in our profession of the pet industry? What can the service do to educate pet clients to be successful in understanding our pets?
What do you like most about your job?
The excitement of the animals when I walk into the home and they know it is time to go for a walk, and get attention. The positive out come with training dogs that fulfilled the clients needs.
What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
It is a constant learning process of education in all fields of the industry. We need to understand nutrition, exercise, digestive support, discipline, corrective actions, medicine "allergies," atmosphere " fleas and ticks," and harmful chew/toys that can cause illness to our pets.
How did you decide to get in your line of work?
I was tired of the Corporate world ( Disney, Casinos, Pet Smart, etc.) and worked it all my life. I always wanted to have my own business and at a certain age, we just take the risk, and Just Do It!
What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
Ask questions and "know that no question" is a stupid question.
If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
I would suggest to have "no judgment" on pets breed that parents are connected to and or rescued. I say this because I listen to customers tell me stories when I was working in pet stores of different breeds. To me; every pet- no matter how big or small they are; want food, water, (cats- change liter box) discipline, exercise, attention and love.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
What do I do about the potty situation that happens in the house? I tell them that as they are gone there is many factors to consider. It can be they have too much freedom in the house, or thunderstorms can make them nervous. It can be that the animal is on a system and can only hold it in for so long. Leaving food and water down constantly and the pets eat and drink, the pets need to go out 20-30 minutes after they have consumed. Animals have "like" human behaviors and need constant learning and discipline to keep them from boredom, destruction, and rebellion.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Make the call and do a meet and greet. I understand it is hard to take the first step, but once we do.. It may be the best thing we ever did.
Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
I do every day by reading books and watching new information that people have to offer.
What are you currently working on improving?
I am currently working on my web site and adding products with cloths design to it. I am also furthering my education with Pet sitter International on a daily basis through their certifications. I am constantly reading books and joining circles of people in the same profession to keep me inform and up on new ideas.
What is your current pricing for your services?
Dog walking is $20 for 30 minutes / 1 hour $ 25 ( 1-3 dogs)
4 and up dogs is additional $5 per visit
Pet sitting cats only $25 per visit (1-3 cats)/ $ 35 per visit (4-up)
Dogs sitting is $30 per visit (1-3)/ $35 per visit (4-up)
Have both dogs and cats, we charge the price of the dog sitting.
Private training- $30 half and hour per visit/ 1 hour $50.