Rowena

Dog boarding at inner city Geelong with qualified zookeeper.

Geelong
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Doggy Day Care
Doggy day care
Daytime care, at the sitter's home
10 AUD for each additional pet
45 AUD
/day
All services and rates

About Rowena

Hello I am a qualified and experienced zoo keeper taking in dogs for boarding in my home. I only take two dogs maximum at a time and can guarantee their welfare and optimum care. I am an experienced dog trainer and can assist in behavioural training as well. As I have looked after many species of animals you can trust me with keeping your pets safe, healthy and stimulated. If I combine dogs unknown to each other we have to meet first and work out the dynamic as it cannot be dangerous for any of the participants or for me. If you have a large species like an Akita or malamute we might just do those by themselves. I love arctic breeds so just ask me. I do love big dogs but am cautious of the high prey drive ones with smaller animals. 

I do not have any day dogs of my own.

Please bring their beds and toys. I can buy them food but this must be organised in advance. Bring your vet details or I will use my vet. The emergency care vet 24 hours is 5 minutes from me in Fyans st. 

They do need to be toilet trained (unless babies ) as they need to be in the house as well as outside. I do not leave dogs in the backyard without me being home. They either come with me or in the back of the house for safety. While at my house the maximum time alone is one hour while I am the gym. During that time they are in the back of the house where it's cool and safe. 

They will sleep in the house with me and will not be left alone in the garden without supervision. I am experienced in medication and some aspects of vet nursing so this will suit people with medical pets. I am very fit so can walk high energy dogs and will teach them to swim in warmer seasons. 

I am able to do overnight stays at my house Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday nights. I am in east Geelong/ city of Geelong so close for inner city people. 

Dogs will need to be socially acceptable to other dogs if we house more than one, to a maximum of four on any one night. If you need it just to be your dog or dogs please consult with me and we can work it out. I have had working dogs and have trained kelpies, blue heelers, corgis, Belgian shepherds, ridgebacks, terriers, shepherds, collies and Staffordshires and American pit bulls. 

The house is small but I'll keep the dogs entertained and with me the whole time, walking, driving with me, watching movies, cooking things and going to the beach. The yard is lawn with a concrete apron with east shade and not large. I don't rely on dogs needing large yards, they need to exercise their migratory genes and walk from place to place every day. It irons out most behaviours if you give them what they need. I had a working short haired border collie off a farm in London. He lived in a flat with us and was never bored or destructive because we mentally challenged him. 

If you have very large dogs I'll reduce to two a night as the house is not large. If they know each other and you have more than two large dogs talk to me and we can work it out. 

Transport.

I have a fully air conditioned van for transport.

Dogs are tethered to floor bolts in the van or crates for their safety in transit. The van is open to the driver so I can see them and talk to them. I can do drop off pick ups some vet visits but I work full time elsewhere so check my availability. 

Other animals

I have worked with birds, fish, frogs, Reptiles, invertebrates and large mammals such as rhinos, giraffes, antelopes and camels. I have references if required, a police check and include a copy of my zoo keeping trade certificate. 

When am I available? 

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday nights including Friday Saturday Sunday day times. Prices are for a 24 hour period. You need to pick up your pet at the end or just before that window and not after please. If you need Me to drop them off and pick up I can do for extra fee. 

Training

If you want dog training I can do for extra fees. Please enquire. 

Rowena's services

At the sitter's home

Doggy Day Care
Doggy Day Care
Daytime care for your dog at the sitter's home.
10 AUD for each additional pet
45 AUD
/day
Dog Boarding
Dog Boarding
Overnight stay at the sitter's home
20 AUD for each additional pet
60 AUD
/night

At your home

Dog Walking
Dog Walking
An experienced dog walker will pick up your dog from your home for a 30 min walk
4 AUD for each additional pet
30 AUD
/walk

Cancellation policy: Flexible

Full refund if canceled before 12:00 p.m. one day before the booking, 50% refund afterward.

No refund is payable if the booking is canceled on or after the start date.

Note: All times are based on the sitter’s time zone

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Ayshe, 2024-01-21

highly recommend Rowena

she treated our Billie like her own, and spoilt her with lots of beach walks, treats and toys

sent daily updates, messages and photos

will definitely book with her again

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Ryan, 2024-01-09

Rowena was excellent with our dog , I highly recommend her as a sitter

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About Rowena's Home

Accepted pets

Puppies
< 1 year
Dog sizes
0-80 kg
Dog ages
0-20 years
Small animals
rodents, rabbits, ...

Rowena's home

A medium outdoor area
Has no kids
A fully fenced backyard

Walking areas

Nearby off-leash dog area
Urban, Beach, City park, Country side & Forest

Skills

Specific Skills

I speak English
+20 years of experience
Familiar with dog training techniques
Qualified zoo keeper with behavioural training skills. I have excellent animal observation skills and good dog training skills. I have worked professionally with animals for 7 years in zoos and Melbourne museum. I have trained dogs for over 30 years and have good medical skills in caring for sick and injured animals. I have sound dog training skills based on positive reinforcement only and am a keen behaviouralist interested in what motivates animals to get the best out of them. I can wash and groom animals but cannot professionally clip them. I’m Able to teach dogs to swim and taking them to the dog beach is a regular event. I’m very fit and can exercise a dog to the level they need. Also I use mental skills to train and tire dogs with positive reinforcement to get them to use energy and learn social skills. I have a colleague guide dog trainer I call for advice when needed. I have experience with lots of animals but dogs are my absolute favourite and speciality.

Experience with

Animal welfare as a volunteer
Rescuing pets
Behavioural problems

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Rowena

Rowena

Dog boarding at inner city Geelong with qualified zookeeper.

Geelong
Doggy Day Care
Doggy day care
Daytime care, at the sitter's home
10 AUD for each additional pet
45 AUD
/day
All services and rates
Contact Rowena

Cancellation policy: Flexible

Full refund if canceled before 12:00 p.m. one day before the booking, 50% refund afterward.

No refund is payable if the booking is canceled on or after the start date.

Note: All times are based on the sitter’s time zone

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