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Mary takes care of Buster, my cat, when I'm on vacation. She is very dependable and likeable. Buster also liked her immediately. I highly recommend her services.Jan 7, 2013
Mary is an outstanding caregiver! I have known her for years and she takes care of my dogs as if they were her own. I wont let anyone lese take care of them! I highly recommend her!Jan 2, 2013
Mary is excellent, she is reliable and super sweet. I love that she uses the "Path" app so I can see when she gets to my house, where she walks my "kids" and when she returns. I know she spends quality time with them!Jan 2, 2013
Mary does a great job! She comes when we need her and is always dependable. Our dog absolutely loves her and can't wait for her next visit. She takes him for nice long walks, not just around the block. I would highly recommend Mary to anyone who needs a dog walker.Dec 29, 2012
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- What types of customers have you worked with?We work on proper socialization and behavior skills. We combine our daily visits with daily positive training and social behavior services. We most often have daily walks and visits to clients with additional training services during our walks. The common job is mid-day exercise routines for working owners. We take our clients canine companions to parks, lakes, trails, pet shops and boutiques and other exciting areas to socialize and "burn off energy" and "learn proper socialization skills" while owners are working at their own jobs. Dogs in our care have a full day of fun whether it is an hour, a half day or an afternoon of care with Pawfessionals.
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?My best advice is to research the background of a animal care provider. There are plenty of "dog walkers" available and "trainers" on the market. It is very important that you hire a care taker and a trainer that has a lengthy background in behavior and animal care. Being raised with animals and having a love for animals is only the start of a successful animal care provider. When caring for animals in the owners' absence the service provider has an enormous responsibility not only to the animal but to the family who considers that pet as a "part of their family". Many occurrences will happen while exercising and playing, out for a walk or in training and the owner needs that confidence that the service provider knows how to address these issues on a day to day basis. We offer that comfort with 23 years of experience starting with the Animal Science program at University of Connecticut followed with raising and showing Bullmastiffs, Mastiff breed Rescue Rehabilitation, training and socialization of difficult dogs thru The Rescue Barn rescue program and a life in animal care. We use only positive reinforcement and communication skills to work with animals in our care. "Training" starts with communication. Bad behavior starts with body language. Correction starts with direction. Choosing a provider should be a process as difficult as choosing a caretaker for your own children. My best friends are the dogs I spend my days with.... yours!