Along with owning my own pets I have had a great deal of experience with many animals particularly a large variety of dog breeds. Over the years I have had the pleasure of caring for dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, fish, hamsters, rats and reptiles. I have been privileged to work with many dogs and cats of various ages and of different needs as well as rescue dogs. My daily work means I am able to work with and care for many different animals. This includes working with a large variety of dog breeds.
I am privileged to work with a breeder and am responsible for training the dogs for the show ring as well as giving them skills for the future. Although showing is something a lot of people do not like I am pleased to have the opportunity to train the dogs and teach them the skills they need with positive reinforcement methods. This is a kind training method which means they enjoy their sessions and go into the show ring excited and happy to be there. It is a joy to watch dogs do something they enjoy.
I have previously volunteered in a rescue centre where I was able to walk and train the dogs as well as carry out health checks and behaviour assessments on the new arrivals. Through this I gained an extensive amount of experience with many breeds and was able to get a better understanding of the needs of different breeds.
Through my daily work I am always being reminded about how amazing animals really are. I am always learning more about behaviour and the needs of different individuals. I believe there is always more to learn!
During my studies I was able to work with and care for a variety of animals on a weekly basis. These include various birds such as parrots, small animals such as rabbits, reptiles such as tortoises, exotic species such as opossums and Cuban hutia and farm animal such as goats and sheep. I understand the needs of different species so I am able to care for them in an appropriate way and analyse and understand their behaviour.
I have a lot of experience with a large amount of dog breeds. With my experience I have learnt a lot about the different needs of these breeds and have learnt how to work with them.
Over the years I have been lucky to work with a large range of animals, giving me a good understanding of their needs and the ability to care for them.
Currently I share my home with a Labrador, cat and two tortoises. In the past I have kept budgies, hamsters, guinea pigs and tropical fish.
My Labrador, Blaze, is almost 5 years old. He is a typical Labrador who enjoys spending time with both people and other animals. He loves training and learning new things as well as having long walks out in the countryside. Blaze was diagnosed with lumbosacral disease at 4 months old. He is very lucky and is rarely affected by the condition when he receives regular physiotherapy treatment. The physiotherapy keeps him comfortable and pain free allowing him to enjoy a normal life doing the things he enjoys! By caring for Blaze I have gained a greater understanding of caring with animals with specific needs and understand how difficult it can be to leave your companion.
Bonnie my 17 year old cat who I have owned since she was 8 weeks old as a stray from the cats protection league. It has been wonderful sharing my home with her and seeing her grow and change over the years. As she is now aging her needs are changing and as with Blaze she now needs regular physiotherapy to help treat her arthritis. She has taken to this very well and enjoys her treatment at her physiotherapy sessions as well as the exercises we do at home on a daily basis.
it has also been fantastic seeing the relationship develop between Bonnie and Blaze. People generally say dogs and cats do not get along however if they are introduced correctly they can certainly live together. This is clear with Bonnie and Blaze where they are both happy to share beds and the sofas and also sit and asked for dinner together! I have certainly learnt a lot by watching their interactions.