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.
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.