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Sophie

Compassionate Dog Walker

Hamilton
1 time favorited
Lives with 1 dog
Lives with Heeler/Staffy x Iggy
Usually responds within few hours
<4h
Response time
100%
Response rate
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10 NZD for each additional pet
15 NZD
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About Sophie

Hi!

Thanks for considering me as a future friend and exercise companion for your beloved pet.

My name is Sophie, and I'm a 21 year old student at the University of Waikato, studying animal behaviour and microbiology. I have an obsession with the theory and psychology behind dog training methodologies and the roots of behaviour, and I spend most of my free time researching, reading and training my own dogs. My rescue dog, Iggy, is my current guinea pig, but I adore meeting and working with other dogs, learning about what makes each one unique.

I grew up on a deer farm, helping my dad train handy (working) dogs and hunting dogs, which began my passion for working with dogs and their behaviour. I've practised my skills on family and friends' dogs, cats and even chickens and I hope to build a future in dog training. Currently, I don't consider myself experienced enough to work as a trainer, but I'm confident in handling, walking and sitting boisterous and large dogs. I have walked dogs with reactivity issues towards humans and dogs, as well as managed prey drive.

I am an active and adventurous person, and I like to get out and explore Hamilton. If your dog enjoys car rides, I can take them on adventures on their own or with my own dog, to roam and explore. I have a collection of long-lines if you're not certain of your dog's recall, so no worries there; otherwise, I'm just as happy taking your elderly dog for a quick jaunt around the block. I can also stop in and visit your home, clean cat litter boxes, water your garden and take puppies on toilet breaks if they're too young to be alone for more than a couple of hours.

I'm available for morning and evening walks, as well as lunchtime visits on weekdays (for 30 minutes), so up to 3 walks per day. Morning and evening walks will take around 45 minutes and I'm happy to help out with obedience training as well. If you've got a healthy, active dog, I'm also on the lookout for an agility prospect!

Sophie's services

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10 NZD for each additional pet
15 NZD
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20 NZD for two visits a day
15 NZD
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35 NZD
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Sophie also offers

Dog training
Pick up / drop off

Cancellation policy: Moderate

Full refund if cancelled before noon 7 days before the booking, 50% refund afterwards
Doggy day care and dog walks always have flexible cancellation policy: Full refund if cancelled before noon one day before the booking, 50% refund afterwards. No refund is possible after the booking has started.

Availability

Sophie's Pets

Iggy
Heeler/Staffy x

Skills

Specific Skills

I speak languages.english
< 5 years of experience
Familiar with dog training techniques
Can take care of exotic animals

I'm currently in my second year of a Bachelor of Science: Animal Behaviour degree at Waikato University. I have experience in vet clinics, including giving medications and assisting in surgeries, and taking recuperating dogs for walks and socialisation, as well as volunteering at the Waikato SPCA. I grew up in a family of vets, and spent most of my childhood on calls with my parents or helping out in the clinic.

Can Administer

Oral medications
First aid and CPR for pets
Injected medications

Experience with

Animal welfare as a volunteer
Rescuing pets
Behavioural problems

Stats

<4h
Response time
100%
Response rate
3w ago
Last activity
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Sophie

Sophie

Compassionate Dog Walker

Hamilton
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10 NZD for each additional pet
15 NZD
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All services and rates

Unavailable

Sophie is currently not available to accept new requests.

Cancellation policy: Moderate

Full refund if cancelled before noon 7 days before the booking, 50% refund afterwards
Doggy day care and dog walks always have flexible cancellation policy: Full refund if cancelled before noon one day before the booking, 50% refund afterwards. No refund is possible after the booking has started.

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