My name is Claire, an aspiring dog trainer. I have already completed 2 courses by The School of Canine Science, called ‘30 Days of Canine Science’ and ‘Fear’. I am also currently completing their ‘Puppy Lab’ course, while I wait to enrol in the Certificate III of Animal Studies (Behaviour Stream) with TAFE QLD, which will commence In January 2022. Once I have completed both of these courses, I will be registering with the PPGA (Pet Professional Guild Australia) and will then be able to provide professional training services and advice!
I am new to professional pet sitting, however I have done pet sitting for friends and family in the past! My family had a border collie X while I was growing up, as well as 2 cats (including a Bengal cross). I don’t currently have any of my own pets to train or spoil, which is exactly why I chose to try professional pet sitting.
I am currently offering dog walking and house sitting services.
Dog walking services:
The dog walking services I provide are for either 30 or 45 minutes walks. These walks can be your choice of training walks, enrichment/sniffer walks, exercise walks, or a combination of 2 or all. Why training and enrichment walks? The mental stimulation and exercise provided by these walks can wear most dogs out just as much (if not more than) regular exercise walks. Many dogs that struggle to settle at home have too much mental energy, not just physical energy! Not only that but sniffing has been proven to lower a dog’s heart rate. In fact, I prefer to end all dog walks and training sessions by throwing a handful of treats into the grass for them to sniff out! This helps to bring the excitement level down, preventing frustration and making it easier for them to settle after.
House sitting services:
I am familiar with all aspects of dog and cat care, and can perform all general duties usually included in house sitting such as bringing in the mail, watering the plants, bringing in the wheelie bins and keeping your home as tidy as you left it! I may leave your pets home for up to 6hours a day, depending on my schedule. That being said, all of my study is online and so, given there is a strong internet connection, I may be able to accommodate your pets that experience separation distress. Please give me a message if this is a concern of yours, and I will see what we can arrange!
I am quite flexible to the needs of each pet and would be more than happy to provide pets with short walks, simple/fun training, lots of play and (of course) cuddles. I have experience with both high energy dogs and cats, as well as dogs with phobias and/or anxiety. I love nothing more than hanging out with animals and so they will have my undivided attention between chores, outings and study.
I use entirely positive reinforcement based training, and won't walk dogs on check chains or prongs.
I won't train your pet if you request that I don't. I know that many would rather do their own training or else have other priorities for their pet, and that is completely fine :)
I usually bring treats with me, so let me know if your pets have any allergies or if you would simply prefer I don't bring my own.
I do have experience with dogs with storm phobia, but not destructive behaviour. If your dog has any phobias, please discuss whether you use medication/thunder jackets/adaptil products (and where you keep these, if so) prior to booking! I know how it feels not being able to be there for your pet during a storm. I can keep you updated with plenty of photos/videos if you would like.
We love Claire! Couldn't ask for a better sitter for our dogs.
She's perfect !
Claire is a fantastic sitter. The animals were very well cared for, the house looked after, and Claire went above and beyond to leave the everything clean and tidy.
Would highly recommend Claire and looking forward to booking more holidays knowing everything at home is in good hands.
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