I noticed an affinity with dogs at a very young age, yet it was not until I started regularly boarding dogs of varying breeds and temperaments that I discovered a truly extraordinary aptitude for the work. It has been about a year and a half since I decided to begin boarding dogs in my home through DogVacay (now Rover.com), and am extremely grateful for the experience. The positive feedback I’ve received has been very rewarding; especially from clients who were surprised by my ability to quickly bond with anxious or unsociable dogs.
I’ve always suspected dog training could be my true calling, but my secondary passion, information technology, seemed to be the more practical career path. It took a few years, but I finally decided to follow my passion and work with animals full-time.
The result of this epiphany was PetProdigy.com – a place to help teach you how to communicate effectively with your favorite furry pal(s). That’s really what its all about! A happy, confident, and well-behaved dog knows how to please his owner.
While I have had dogs and cats my entire life, I don’t have any pets at home right now – so your special children will get 100% of my attention. Over the years I’ve gained quite a lot of experience with what it takes to care for a sick or disabled animal. I had a diabetic/handicapped cat for over 10 years, a Golden Retriever with a thyroid condition, a Labrador with terrible allergies, and more. I have also been an active volunteer with several rescue organizations around the valley, providing an opportunity to work with a variety of breeds and personalities.
Rather than building a generic training business and trying to compete in such a crowded marketplace, I have decided to focus on a few specific areas many dog owners need help with:
- Come when called
- Sit/stay & down/stay
- Recreation & advanced play (off-leash commands, frisbee/fetch, & more)
- Leash training – no pulling!
- Socialization (new people, other dogs, cats, etc.)
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