All of the Pooch Pals staff members share one trait in common: an intense love for animals. Kerry Maloney had her dog, Chloe, for 13 years, and would sometimes dog sit for her neighbors. Once she moved into New York City last year, she began looking for a job where she would “have fun while working and do something active”. She looked up positions for dog walking; that is how she found and applied for Pooch Pals.
Apart from dog walking, Kerry works another job and is also involved in theater. Her days are usually packed: some days she would come into the city well before her Pooch Pals schedule starts to go to an audition, then walk her clients’ dogs (and more, if she has to cover for other Pooch Pals employees), and finally go to her second job once her walks are done. She loves the learning aspect of working with Pooch Pals “We aren’t just walking dogs,” she says, “we are taking tools we’ve learned and using them to reinforce good behavior with our furry clients.”
She believes that an ideal Pooch Pals employee needs to be “energetic, friendly, responsible, and calm.” As dogs can sense the energy brought into the room, it is important to come into work with a positive attitude. Honesty and responsibility is important, as the clients have to trust a person with entering their homes and taking care of their best companions. The one dog training advice she would like to share is to be patient. Kerry says.