Working at Canine To Five – so much more than playing with puppies all day!
Wise words from our staff trainer, Keeley.
A dog handler’s day consists of walking dogs, working on obedience cues with individual dogs, monitoring play and stopping play when it gets too intense, keeping barkers away from the gate so they do not excite the pack, stopping dogs from running through the playroom, checking every dog daily for any health issues or injuries, feeding dogs and the glamorous job of cleaning up poop and pee in addition to keeping the daycare clean. While we want the dogs to have fun we have to make sure the excitement level stays at a minimum. We do this by making sure that anything that alerts the pack is under control as well as reading dogs body language to intervene before or when there is a tiff between dogs. So as you can see there isn’t much playing with dogs. Instead the handlers are leaders who keep the balance in the pack and ensure your dog is safe.
Another part of my job is to talk to owners about their dogs and to explain what types of behavior we are seeing in daycare. I also talk to owners and get their approval for our plan to deal with certain behavioral challenges in the pack. For example sometimes a dog might be really unsure with other dogs and I will come up with a plan for the staff and talk to the owner. Then I follow up with the staff on the dog’s progress and we keep the owner updated too. After every shift I work I leave notes for the staff on how to manage certain behavioral challenges that we have seen in the pack or update them on the progress I have seen and let them know that they are doing a great job.