Category Archives: Meet the Staff

Jade with Gabe

Jade of Doggie Fun & Fitness

How long have you worked here?

I’ll have worked here a year in January. I work as the office manager and I also take in dogs at drop off in the morning. I also am part of the Quiet Dog Daycare team & Last Hope volunteer.

Why did you choose to work here?

Getting a job here was actually a happy accident. I had been working as a kennel attendant at another facility and noticed that there was very little structure when it came to behaviors, training, leash handling, etc. My dogs went to daycare here already and one of them did training a few years back so I reached out to Laurie in hopes to learn some more training skills and she offered me a job!

Jade with Sasha

Jade with Sasha

What did you expect it to be like?

I expected to gain a ton of knowledge about dog behavior and interaction and I have done just that! I’m much more confident handling dogs of all temperaments, even my own!

What has surprised you the most?

I was surprised with how much I thought I knew and how much I really didn’t. I didn’t think socialization was as vital as it really is. But I’m pretty sure I learn something new that surprises me every day.

What do you like best about your job? I love it all but I look forward to seeing dogs’ progress here. Dogs that come for training and leave with confident owners. Even dogs that come for daycare who start off nervous, not knowing how to play and now get dropped off so happy to be here 🙂

What do you like least? It’s really hard to see a dog that does so well here, go home and regress. Knowing what I know now, owning a  dog takes consistent work and effort!

Caitlin of Doggie Fun & Fitness

Caitlin of Doggie Fun & Fitness

Caitlin of Doggie Fun & Fitnes, with her dog Rosie

How long have you worked here? About 2 months as a runner/cleaner. I bring the dog’s out to the owners at pick up time.

Why did you choose to work here? I adore dogs and was very curious to see how a doggie day care worked.

What did you expect it to be like? Actually I was not completely sure. That was the exciting part! I mostly expected things like lots of barking, poop, etc.

What has surprised you the most? The dogs are so quiet! The way the trainers have the dogs quietly yet sufficiently getting their fill for the day is amazing without constant barking.

What do you like best about your job? I love seeing the many fantastic personalities that these dogs have. My contact workers are also very helpful helping a new guy out when I get confused!

Caitlin & her friend's dog Tara

Caitlin & her friend’s dog Tara

What do you like least? When dogs that are very strong and pull on their leash and do not have any sort of prong collar and I am dragged through the parking lot. ( I’m getting big muscles from this job however!)

Meet the Staff – Brianne of Doggie Fun & Fitness

How long have you worked here?
I’ve been working here for about 2 years now. I work mornings in the office.
Why did you choose to work here?
I graduated college with a degree in psychology and wasn’t 100% sure on what area of the field I wanted to go into, but I knew that I was interested in animal therapy with kids. Before I started working here, I was volunteering at a horse rescue and fell in love with the fact that animals are so selfless and seem to never judge- no matter how bad your day is going. At the same time, I was going through a really rough patch in my life and being around animals was my outlet. Finding this job in a sense, saved me.

Brianne loving up Louie

Brianne loving up Louie

What did you expect it to be like?
I honestly had no idea what to expect. I had never even heard of a dog daycare before and had little to no knowledge of dog training. In fact, I’ve never even owned a dog! Once I figured out how many dogs actually came here on a daily basis, I thought I was going to walk into a chaotic room with dogs running everywhere, barking and just absolute insanity.
What has surprised you the most?
I learned right away that the chaos I expected was the farthest thing from the truth. The staff does an amazing job at keeping the dogs safe, and happy while maintaining overall peace. I was also really surprised at how much the things I studied in school pertained to this job, i.e- how important it is to understand and read body language. I am still learning that even the smallest cue from a dog can mean something huge. They don’t speak our language, so a slight change in behavior etc. is their way of communicating.
What do you like best about your job?
I absolutely love seeing the progress of the dogs that come in to see us. No matter how big or small the issue is, our trainers do an amazing job at seeing through the problem and finding ways to help the dogs and owners cope and maintain balance. I have witnessed countless people tear up when they see what our trainers are able to teach them and their dogs, and its such an incredible thing to encounter.
What do you like least?
The only thing that is sometimes difficult to see, is people that come to us and expect an instant miracle and walk away feeling discouraged when they don’t put in the work. Training is not a magic pill, it takes commitment and dedication. In fact, owning a dog in general is a huge commitment. Like raising a child, learning what works and doesn’t work may take time, but once you find that connection you have to stick to it. You cant expect to train a dog once and assume that all of that hard work will just remain in tact without putting in consistent effort and reinforcement.

Kayla Hart of Doggie Fun & Fitness

Meet the Staff – Kayla of Doggie Fun & Fitness

1.)How long have you worked here?

2.5 years

2.) Why did you choose to work here?

I was recommended by a friend. I was working in retail at the time, but I also wasn’t sure what to do for a career. I applied to DFF, and some time later I ended up getting my Veterinary Assistant Certificate from Massasoit. Now I’m studying Business Management at Quincy College.


3.) What did you expect it to be like?

I expected to just watch dogs while they play, and then I started training for the daycare floor. Now I work in the office in the afternoons.14188309_10156428507923647_9126322096446742763_o


4.) What has surprised you the most?

I was surprised by how much hard work goes into working with dogs, and how training-oriented DFF was.

5.) What do you like best about your job? 

Theres a few things that I love about having the opportunity to work at DFF; I love creating bonds with new dogs and still having bonds with dogs that have been coming since I started, I also love talking to clients and having knowing them for years, and I love the knowledge I have of dogs to use in the future.

6.) What do you like least?

Nothing, not even cleaning up whatever can possibly come out of a dog’s body 😉 guess I’m used to it by now

 

Ed from Doggie Fun & Fitness

Meet the Staff- Ed of Doggie Fun & Fitness

1.)How long have you worked here?

I have worked here going on 8 months

2.) Why did you choose to work here?

I chose to work here to get an early start for my career when I’m older and gain field experience and learn more about dogs and handling. I’m currently a junior in the Veterinary Science program at Norfolk Aggie.

3.) What did you expect it to be like?

I expected it to be very different and out of my comfort zone, something that i have never encountered before

4.) What has surprised you the most?

What surprised me the most was being myself how far I have come and how much I learned since i first started here.

5.) What do you like best about your job? 

What i like best are the breeds of dogs that i get to work with and socialize with and my team of co-workers are absolutely amazing! I couldn’t think of anyone else that I would rather work with! I appreciate them all so much

6.) What do you like least?

What i like least is honestly nothing. Other than when a dog has diarrhea😜

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Fina (l) & Gunther (r), Ed’s German Shepherds