Welcome to DIY Dog Owner! I am excited to be able to share my experiences here and share some of the tips and tricks for dog care that I have learned over my many years of dog husbandry.
Like many people, I have always had a dog around. We had a Golden Retriever named Sam when I was born and I’ve never been without a dog since. I took my dog experiences a few steps further, though, and volunteered at a local animal shelter when I turned 12 and then started working for a local veterinarian literally the week I turned 16. I was only part of the kennel staff but I learned a lot about how to care for and handle all types and temperaments of dogs. This began a 23 year journey in various roles as a veterinary technician.
Not being satisfied with specializing in only one facet of dog care, I volunteered with a local pet physical therapist and learned how to provide post-operative physical therapy (mostly via an underwater treadmill) to patients who suffered from trauma or physical impairments. This was an amazing experience and taught me the value of non-traditional veterinary therapies.
I later decided that I wanted to expand my dog handling skills to the training world and became certified as a Canine Training and Behavior Specialist through the Triple Crown Dog Academy. I have since specialized in training for basic obedience and manners, agility, tricks, competitive obedience, scent detection, and police canines. I do not know where my journey will end but as long as there is something new to learn, I am interested.
WHY I WANT TO HELP PEOPLE
One thing that has been a constant in my life is the many questions from friends and family asking how to handle specific medical and care situations that arise with their pets. It is simply not easy to get in touch with a veterinarian for simple questions and my background has given me a broad range of exposure to dog care, dog training, and basic veterinary techniques.
It is heartbreaking to see someone avoid a treatment because they do not realize they can do it at home and the vet is too expensive. I want to help educate dog owners and, hopefully, through this, alleviate any discomfort or stress that can be experienced by both dogs and their owners in difficult situations. Many care techniques are easier than you might think.
THE GOAL OF DIY DOG OWNER
So many times I have seen people bring their dogs to the veterinary clinic where I worked and be charged steep rates for care that can be performed at home with the right equipment or knowledge. I handle much of the dog care for my family and know that I can help others save money, time, and frustration by imparting simple tips and tricks of the trade. Want to save on grooming costs? I can help. Need to know basic wound care in case of an emergency? You got it. Want to make your dog a little nicer to hang out with? I can help with that too.
If you ever need a hand or have ay questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,