My name is Erika and I am a professional dog walker and dog trainer. I studied at the human-animal interaction school where I gained my diplomas as dog trainer and pet therapist. I attended a pet first aid, pet sitting and dog nutrition courses.
I've been spending all of my free time with pets since I was a kid, I volunteered in a dog shelter for 3 years training dogs to became adoptable, worked in Pet sitting associations, groomings and as solo dog trainer and walker.
I have two dogs in Italy which I'm trying to bring here in New Zealand with me. Nala, a standard poodle, she's a certificated assistance dog, silly and playfully, and Molly, half hunting dog and half border collie, and she's the easiest dog to train in the world (would do ANYTHING for food!). :)
I love spending time with pets because I'm fascinated from the different behavior and communication skills that each species has. I believe in good quality time spending with every single pet on my care. When I walk a dog it's never about just the phisical exercise, but the games that we play together and the correct interactions with other dogs and people. The walk and the visits must be fun and interactive moments to spend together.
My dog walks are one hour long and will include pic up and drop off. Each home visit (pet feeding, cleaning, other duties...) is 30 minutes long (dog walk not included). I can also offer dog training individual classes. I will get to know you and your pet during a pre-service visit (for free) where you can tell me everything about your pet needs and favorite activities! :)
Erika was very professional and our girl got attached to her straight away. She sent us photos and updates during the walk and our Skie had such a great time!
She is very reliable and extremely prepared on dogs matters and shared with us many helpful information and tips.
Working with pets is my main activity, I have a diploma as dog trainer gained at the SIUA school in Italy, in the years I have attended many other extra short courses to keep myself updated in many dog fields, I am also currently partecipating again to a first aid course and pet sitting course (knowledge is never enough)! :)
I am still in contact with most of my old human ad dog clients in Italy and I have references from Wellington and Nelson too if you need it. :)
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