I'm a former Registered Nurse, early 50's and studying at Vic for a Policy Masters. I have two rescue dogs, volunteered at a shelter in sick bay for 2 years, and provide a premium safety conscious dog service.I enjoy boarding up to two dogs, and providing different services to another couple daily. One of my dogs is very social, the other is frosty initially but usually warms to dogs given graded exposure.
A half hour meet and greet (first off property then at home) is needed to judge compatibility.
Should a meet and greet of dogs and humans succeed, restricted client numbers will make for abundant fun and quality time. Dogs you wish to be socialized with other dogs only play with one other new friend at a time, under supervision. Young pups under 1 can't be accepted for in-house services as my older dog loves playing but is irritated by 'ultra busy' types.
Dogs free range in my modest beachy bungalow (ongoing reno) and guests are not exposed to visitors just me. Homestay dogs aren't left alone for more than 2 hours daily, and when I'm absent they're rested in separate zones. I can cater to special requests, some extras to keep up normality are do-able.
Dogs typically overnight in the lounge in a spot of their choosing, or more rarely in a spacious night pen in a heated studio, based on my assessments of how dogs are harmonising with others, particular dogs individual needs for a private retreat, and the presence of any destructiveness.
Boarders have daily walks at the beach or on cycle tracks/in parks, either off lead where recall is reasonably good, or on extended leads, and are exercised solely or in pairs.
Complementary pick up is between 10am and 1pm or you can drop off by arrangement. Boarders depart by midday. Dogs can depart early evening if daycare for that day is payed for.
Walks are at least half an hours duration, and possibly go much longer if the destination warrants a good ramble. We experience nature on the beach or trails, with a good work out and stretch of legs off lead where possible. Dogs with poor recall who resist re-leashing may stay on a long line that enables running. The number of guest dogs walked together is two max, and dog parks are off limits due to inherent risks.
Pick up is midday to 2pm, drop off by 5pm.
We'll avoid overcrowding and over stimulation, the experience is more akin to candle-lit dinner dates than a 'lets go crazy' mosh pit. Dogs enjoy a structured routine that alternates play, social and rest times. Their interactions are closely monitored to ensure nice play. Currently the outdoors is only a concreted yard as the grassed area is in development. Dogs can be walked/run off property as an extra. I include local pick ups for no added fee (9-11am).
If you'd rather pick up from day-care the time for this is between 5.30-6pm or outside this by arrangement. Drop off by me between 5-6pm adds a nominal cost - to use the dog taxi home just click for 'extra dog' and billing adds $6 to cover this.
Home Visits & House-sits
Visits last half an hour, they can include play, petting, toileting, feeding, medications, and even a light stroll round the area in the daytime for sensory stimulation. Booking times are avail. between 9am-1pm and 9pm to midnight. House sits can only run to a few days - I will be in and out a little but resident dog/s will be pampered and never be alone over 3-4 hours.
I reject the notion that most dogs are pack animals in the same mould of wolves. The Genome project and much research has put this romantic framing of Alpha theory to rest, so there's no sneaky use of chokeholds or such-like in pursuit of dominance here! Compliance is wangled and leadership established through rewards or withholding them, but your dog will rule their own universe to the extent that they are competent and trusty.
I've experience and interest in managing dogs with issues and can consult formally qualified behaviourists. I'm always happy to follow any prescribed program, but please discuss first before booking whether whether any special needs fall within my capability to manage before booking. I don't accept unneutered adults, or excess barkers.
In line with the MPI dog-care guidelines, no unrelated dog is transported in a shared space,
A partitioned SUV is used, ensuring that dogs in transit enjoy their own space. This avoids scuffles or worse, as there's always a potential for unpredicted triggers to grumpiness such as pain or sickness. Taxi not bus!
To help your beloved dog to enjoy the best time ever I would appreciate any tips about what can up my game to one of ‘silver service’ in your dogs eyes. Please tell me the big do and don'ts, as dogs are just so individual.
Clients must be up to date with locally indicated vaxes including kennel cough, and also current with 3 monthly worming and flea treatments please. Infestations will be treated in boarders at cost, and walk clients with fleas are rejected until clear.
Loyalty deals by special request*
A full week of daycare or visits gets 5% discount, a month of walks for 4+ days a week gets 10% discount. Book 14 overnights for 7% discount on those nights in cash back (Pawshake has no automated 7% option at checkout).
*You need to request a discount while booking or it will not be applied.
Thankyou for reading my intro, and I would love to meet up sometime to see if it's a match.
Rachael is a great dog sitter. Very conscientious, caring, great communication. We'll be booking again and again.
Rachael took really good care of our anxious little Foxy Zackry for the day while we were dealing with some serious family issues! She was flexible in doing a late pick up, Fabulous as we did not need him gone away the whole day for his first experience of day-care. Five stars, thankyou.
Two years volunteering in a vet hospital at a shelter Lifetime of owning hound types (GSP, greyhound mixes, ridgey, huntaway) Former Registered Nurse (UK and NZ) Aspiring vegan (not quite there yet)
Book via Pawshake to enjoy The Pawshake Guarantee, in-house customer support, booking guarantee, safe cashless payments, no booking fees, no change fees, daily updates and more!