Dax, newest member of Doggie Fun & Fitness

Dax with his friend's dog Zuko

How long have you worked here?

I have worked here for about three weeks now.

Why did you choose to work here?

I had worked in IT for over a decade and decided that I wanted a change. I have loved animals my whole life and the idea of being able to be hands on with dogs really resonated with me. It seemed like a job that could make me feel as though I was really doing something worthwhile. That idea sparked inside me and, although I was nervous at first about my decision, moved me away from a desk in an office building and onto the dog handling floor.

What did you expect it to be like?

I knew nothing about dog daycare before working here, so I had few expectations. This was, in fact, part of what enticed me to join the team here at Doggie Fun & Fitness… being able to dive into something I knew nothing about, but had a true passion for. One of the few expectations I had, however, was that there would be alot of dogs barking and running around, but I’ve come to realize that this is not at all the case.

What has surprised you the most?

I was surprised at just how big the gap was between how much I thought I knew about dogs and how much I actually know! I’m thankful to the team I get to work with and their patience they have for me as I start from scratch with my dog handling knowledge. I have to use a completely different mental skillset from anything I’ve ever done in my life with this job.

I often find myself in a situation that I’m not sure how to handle, but I’m grateful for everyone around me who is willing to offer answers, suggestions, and constructive critcisim which seems to come so naturally to them.  I know the knowledge I’m gaining here everyday will last me a lifetime and I hope to pass this understanding on to those around me someday.

What do you like best about your job? 

I feel the best part of my job is being able to work one-on-one with a dog. I love being able to focus my attention on a single animal and try to understand how I can communicate with him or her. I’ve been largely unsuccessful in these efforts so far, but part of what makes this job great is the support of the staff around me that I’ve learned so much from already.

When I look back at the end of each day, I truly feel as though I was able to improve the lives of the dogs I interact with; it makes me want to wake up the next morning so I can do it again!

What do you like least?

My least favorite part is when the weather is bad and we can’t have outside fun with the pups!

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