Groovy Dogs Pet Care

Tallahassee, FL

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

For me, dog training and pet care is not just a vocation, not just a skill: I truly love what I do. It's fun, it's rewarding, and it's my passion. Finding a pet care professional is different from finding a good mechanic or repairman. It's not just a matter of skill: clients want a person who is just as passionate, caring, and concerned about their loved ones as they are. My pets are my family, so I understand perfectly that I wouldn't want to subject my family to just another petstore "McTrainer" or dog warehouse facility. I offer far more than just a set of perfectly honed skills; when a client hires me, they're buying into a relationship that will develop over the years.
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Location

Tallahassee, FL 32315

Times hired on Thumbtack

2

Reviews

5 Reviews
  • Kenzie C. Jun 21, 2016
    Dog Walking
    Verified Review
    Bruce is fantastic. He walks my puppy during the day while I am at work. Many dog walkers simply let the pups out to go potty and put them back inside. Bruce keeps my dog happy and engaged with a combination of long walks, skills training sessions, and play dates with other dogs. He sends me a text everyday after he leaves to let me know how it went. I am incredibly grateful to Bruce for his sincere care and interest in my dog.
  • Boyd D. Jan 12, 2016
    Bruce was really great with my high maintenance boys. I chose the 3 times a day service. It was great. Got pics and updates from every visit. The boys really took to Bruce. Having Bruce come by three times a day gave me the peace of mind so I could enjoy my trip. Thanks, Bruce.
  • Nicholas O. Jun 2, 2015
    With five dogs in our house, it took us a long time to decide on a mobile pet care company who could truly listen and mold themselves to our situation. Other companies would try to 'take charge' and tell us how they will only work. Bruce listened to what we wanted and needed and gave us just that. In the end, there are many passionate pet care companies but they aren't thorough. With Bruce, he got the job and kept us up with his truly amazing text messages about our animals and how excited he was to be working with us to care for our dogs. That's the key, "working with us", not so much for us. Bruce makes you feel like he's a friend, and after he was done with our sessions for the week, my wife and I spoke in great detail about that. In the end, you can leave your animal with anyone... I won't. I'm not an easy sell. I trust very few people with my dogs, I'm one of those dog people with no kids... (by choice). What matters in the end is TRUST. Period. You will get that with Bruce... and some really great, in-depth text updates! haha... believe it or not, when you're hundreds of miles away, it helps you sleep by putting a smile on your face, and an ease to your worry. Thanks Groovy Dogs!
  • Rosanne G. Feb 27, 2015
    Bruce came to my home twice a day to care for my dogs and cat while I was out of town and he did a wonderful job. It was immediately apparent how much of an animal person he is and how knowledgeable he is about caring for them. My pets took to him right away. He even took the time to e-mail me each evening to let me know how everyone was doing, which was very reassuring to me. I wholeheartedly recommend Bruce's services.
  • Alexandra M. Jan 14, 2015
    Bruce was great with my pup Lennon! His behavior has improved so much and I can't believe all the things I was able to get him to do! Lennon was always excited to see Bruce and loved the surprise gift at the end of his sessions and still loves them months later! Bruce cares about and loves what he does and you can tell! Definitely the best trainer in the tally area!

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am Associate in Dog Training via the International Animal Care College (IACC), and am currently engaged in continuing education with the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) . I am a member in good standing with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and Professional United Pet Sitters (PUPS). I belong to and support the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the Humane Society (HSUS), and the Best Friends Animal Society.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was seven years old when my parents took me to get my first puppy, a little brown furball I named Penny. She was the light of my life. I couldn't wait to get home from school every day to play with her. I kept her in a box by my bed with a hot-water bottle and my hand hanging down so she could nibble on my fingers until she went to sleep. She was my constant companion, my best friend. I remember vividly the morning--maybe 3 weeks after getting Penny--that my brother woke me to tell me that Penny had been let out for her morning walk and had run into the road and been hit by a car. At first I thought he was joking. I called for her down the hall, desperate, but she never came. I was devastated. After a few weeks had passed, Dad asked me if I was ready to find another dog. I said I was, and he asked me what kind of dog I wanted. I said: one that won't run into the road. I got my second little doggie, a chihuahua mix which I sentimentally named Penny as well, and Dad and I promptly began to teach her basic obedience: sit, shake paw, etc. Most importantly, we taught her road avoidance. Penny became my childhood companion, finally succumbing to old age after I graduated from high school. It was a hard lesson I learned: that teaching your dog basic obedience is not only necessary for "good manners", but for their safety and well being as well. I made a vow that I would protect any and every dog that crossed my path, provide or find them a home and give them the love and training they need to live long, happy lives. I've had many, many dogs over the years. Some were family, and some were fosters, but all of them enriched my life to some extent, and all of them will have a special place in my heart til the day it stops beating. I started Groovy Dogs Pet Care to turn my passion into my vocation. I didn't do it for the money. I walked away from a lucrative job in fast-food management so that I could spend more time doing what I love. I just didn't want to sell dead cow and sugar water to children for the rest of my life. Now, I play with dogs for a living. I realize it's not brain surgery, and I've learned to accept the fact that my efforts will never find a cure for cancer, solve the energy crisis, or bring about world peace. But every day I help people develop deeper and more fulfilling relationships with their pet families. How groovy is that?.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
In a relationship-based service like pet care, meeting your provider face-to-face is crucial. Of course, all service providers should be vetted on the basis of qualifications, experience, and reviews, but in the final analysis it's usually a gut decision. How well does the provider interact with your pets? Is this someone you feel comfortable entrusting your loved ones to? I make it a policy to provide a no-obligation visit to every potential client, so they can make that most important decision fully informed and confident that their loved ones are in loving, capable hands.