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Rachael

Experienced Dog Care

Cambridge
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Dog boarding
24h stay, at sitter's home
8 GBP for each additional pet
15 GBP
/night
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About Rachael

About me: I am an experienced dog owner and have fostered six different rescue dogs before they found their forever homes. I am currently fostering dogs on and off with the rescue, Pawprints to Freedom. I have experience with a range of breeds from large to small and puppies to seniors. I also used to own cats, guinea-pigs and rabbits and can also care for these animals if needed.

Expertise: I am very experienced in helping fearful and/or reactive dogs overcome fear and behaviour issues using force-free, positive reinforcement techniques as well as desensitization and counter-conditioning. Equally I have informally walked and cared for many friendly dogs who just want to go out and run, play and get a good sniff. Basically, I love getting to know animals and I love working with them to take on the world at their pace. While I am not a certified dog trainer, I am currently enrolled in the Canine Principles Skill Hub to improve my understand of dogs and dog training. I am also happy to walk and care for reactive/anxious dogs as this is something I have experience of and can continue the training you are working on for this.

Motivation: I would love to be your pet-sitter or walker because it would be a great way to meet more lovely animals and help them feel safe while you are away. Having fostered several dogs, I know how it can feel to be worrying about your pet when you are away from home.

Boarding/daycare: I would love to care for your dog while you are away - whether that involves play, treats, walks, trick training, cuddles or whatever else your lovely pet needs. I would usually walk dogs twice a day during daycare or boarding but can follow your lead on what your dog needs for this. I can host your dog in my home and can also travel to nearby towns easily such as Cambridge or Ely to dogsit in your home if that is easier. I can send photos and updates when I am caring for your dog so that you know they are safe and having fun. I will follow your lead and the dog's body language to understand what is needed to keep them feeling fulfilled and safe. I will only host one dog at a time in my home, or up to three dogs together if they are part of a multi-dog household and already know each other. I have lickimats, kongs, balls and chew toys in my home and the dog will get lots of attention and fun as well as lots of time for rest and relaxation which all dogs need.

Walks: I can walk dogs from one to two hours and will just walk one dog at a time, or up to three small dogs if they are part of a multi-dog household. I can include some time to enjoy training during walks, just let me know what you are working on or what you would love your dog to learn (EG loose leash walking, sit and stay, trick training, recall etc.)

Timing: I am currently a student so can be very flexible on time. I will never leave your dog alone during daycare - especially if they have separation anxiety. If I am offering a boarding service to your dog then they will never be left alone for more than one or two hours (if at all) and we can discuss this in more detail if it is a concern for you and your dog.

About our home: I live with my partner in a small house with a garden but can also pet-sit in your home. Apart from when we are fostering, we have no other pets in our home and I will not pet-sit when I have a foster dog with us. I have a baby-gate separating the kitchen from the rest of the house, which is ideal to create a safe, clean space for puppies. Where your dog sleeps depends on your dog - we have space in the kitchen as well as the living room and I have comfy dog beds and an XXL crate (where the door is always left open) depending on what your pet prefers. Our back garden is small but fully secure and I have passed home checks with dog rescues to verify this. The fences are over six feet tall, the gate to next door's garden is safe and secure and there are no narrow escape routes for small dogs either.

Rachael's services

At the sitter's home

Dog boarding
Overnight stay at the sitter's home
8 GBP for each additional pet
15 GBP
/night
Doggy Day Care
Daytime care for your dog at the sitter's home.
5 GBP for each additional pet
12 GBP
/day

At your home

Dog Walking
An experienced dog walker will pick up your dog from your home for a 30 min walk
5 GBP for each additional pet
9 GBP
/walk
Home Visits
Book a sitter to visit your home to feed and play with your pets
15 GBP for two visits a day
9 GBP
/day
House Sitting
A sitter stays overnight in your home and cares for your pet
25 GBP
/night

Rachael also offers

Dog training

Cancellation policy: Flexible

Full refund if cancelled before noon one day before the booking, 50% refund afterwards

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Home Visits
David, 2021-06-09

I highly recommend Rachael, she was excellent both on initially meeting my dog Korra and for taking care of her when I was away. Her experience with animals shows, she and Korra got on great, she was very good at communicating both before and on the day itself, and she did exactly as I asked.

10/10, I would definitely hire Rachael again.

Availability

About Rachael's Home

Accepted pets

Dog sex
Female & Male
Cats
all kinds

Rachael's home

A small outdoor area
Has no kids
24/7 supervision
A fully fenced backyard

Skills

Specific Skills

I speak English & French
+5 years of experience
Familiar with dog training techniques

Trick training and reactive dog training using all force-free, positive reinforcement methods. Dog walking with a variety of dogs from working at a shelter for several years as well as at an urban farm.

Experience with

Animal welfare as a volunteer
Rescuing pets
Behavioural problems

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Rachael

Rachael

Experienced Dog Care

Cambridge
Dog boarding
24h stay, at sitter's home
8 GBP for each additional pet
15 GBP
/night
All services and rates
Contact Rachael

Cancellation policy: Flexible

Full refund if cancelled before noon one day before the booking, 50% refund afterwards

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