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1/29/20 9:58 P

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We can really learn so much from our fur babes. They take the time and the patience's to teach us.. They show love, kindness and forgiveness and never think another thang about it

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1/29/20 4:07 P

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Thatís a great idea! I am all in. Fur and furless babies emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Circle of positive influence! emoticon

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1/23/20 10:31 P

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I think every fur babe should have as many people in their circle as possible.

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1/23/20 4:43 A

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Nice to hear about your fur babies. Thanks for sharing your story. emoticon Sweet to read about Coco. Glad you also have a groomer,/boarder/pet-sitter/dog walker whom you can trust and treats Coco lovingly. Itís interesting how perceptive dogs are when they sense something isnít quite right in another person. There has been recent research on that subject. Good thing he didnít come around any more! Such a protective and loyal little fluff ball Coco is!

I have to just roll with it. Unfortunately, there isnít anything more I can do. I have to respect her wishes as a dog owner. I wonít be happy about it though. There is just too much at stake.

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1/22/20 5:44 P

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Not a doggie walker or sitter. I am an animal lover. Hubby and I have had 3 since we married. The first a mix lived to 12, s Bachion who lived to 18 and our little Coco who will be 14 on Valentine Day. We have socialized all our babes and they love everyone. We spend our time with them. All we have to do is say "Coco want to Ride". A 12 pound little fluff will knock you down getting to the door.

We have a groomer, that is also the person who boards her, walks her and just loves on her. Do no understand people that will have a dog and not allow them to socialize and just be the great personality they are. Coco does not met a stranger and I have only met one person she did not like and that was scary. In checking on him I found why she did not like him. We had a long police record and a lot of it dealt with sex offences and she would only growl at him if he came within 5 feet of me. Don't know what 12 pounds could have done, but he quit coming around our business after she would only sit and growl at him.

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1/22/20 8:05 A

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Thanks very much for you response. That must have been very hard for you also, dealing with multiple pet owners who were like that. I have only come across the one.

I donít quite understand either why they have them. They got a new puppy and part of me says to just stay away, not even meet the puppy. I donít have much dealings with their dog these days, since both owners are home. I donít feel valued, and honestly, they havenít given me any praise thanking me for looking after their dog while they were away. emoticon Itís not in their nature or style to praise.

I think it would drive me crazy if I had multiple pet owners who were like this.

Can you be old school and still be an animal lover? How would that love be demonstrated if you are so strict, even mean?

Anyway, there is this article I read that says there are people who believe in dogs being ďleaders of the packĒ philosophy rather than working as part of a team. www.catmantoo.info/2014/09/01/old-vs
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I wanted to pass this on to them to maybe get them to change their thinking, but I think I wonít bother. It will likely have undesirable consequences which is sad. emoticon

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1/21/20 10:15 P

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Sorry that happened to you.
I am not a dog walker or sitter but worked in a veterinarians office for several years many years ago. And I have also been around people who treat their pets this way. emoticon

It makes me sad that people have animals and don't treat them like the companions they should be. I don't understand why they have them. I feel bad for the animals who are living in that situation.
It's just sad for the dog and you. He probably looked forward to positive interaction he got from you.




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Hi I am new to the forum. I grew up with a sheltie in my childhood and had cats for most of my adult life. I also do pet-sitting and dog walking as a side hustle.

I currently walk a 15 and a half year old male cocker spaniel and I have done this 3 years and 4 months. I also walk an 8 year old golden retriever. I have known him for 6 and a half years. In the second scenario I am assisting a disabled adult, helping her walk her dog by going with her, as a form of exercise or I have taken the dog out on my own. In the second scenario the golden retriever doesnít get along with other dogs. He can be quite aggressive. He gets along with people but more like itís part of the training he received. The disabled adult is not the owner. The owners are very old school. I am new school. I treat him as a companion. We have a great relationship. He gives me joy! I am able to bend down and kiss his snout. I donít walk him as much these days because the owners are now home instead of travelling for one to two months, which is what they do in the winter. They got a new puppy, another golden retriever, and today I ran into one of the ownerís who gave me some very strong feedback that hurt my feelings, saying I make the dog too excitable, and told me that I should act a certain way around the puppy. Point taken. I donít believe I was ďmaking the dog exciteable.Ē I think we have a good bond and he was very happy to see me because he connects me to something positive, walks, play time, treats or praise. I have detached myself from the situation because I really think itís about ďold school versus new school approach.Ē I read up on it, and thatí s them!

Thoughts? If you are a pet sitter/ dog walker do you encounter situations such as these?

Thanks for welcoming me to the group.

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