Groovy Dogs Pet Care
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.Jun 21, 2016Verified
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.Jan 12, 2016
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Times hired on Thumbtack9
LocationTallahassee, FL 32315
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- 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.