Alison has been working with dogs since 2001. She is an ABC (animal behavior college) student, and learned about Pooch Pals through an externship with Kate Perry Dog Training. “I was at [Kate’s] puppy class in Chelsea one morning, and she was telling the clients about Pooch Pals and its services, such as the training walks and the use of positive reinforcement. I thought that was something I wanted to do. I immediately applied for a job with Pooch Pals” says Alison.
Alison has been working with Pooch Pals for under a year now. Her favorite part about the job is working with dogs all day. “I’m able to do something that I love, and I’m also getting paid for it – how could it get better than that?” Her day-to-day routine begins with walking her dog in the morning, before she makes her way to the city, her time consisting of walking other dogs and traveling from one place to the next in-between. The ability to navigate around is one of the characteristics that she believes is best for the role of a pet care provider and walker. On top of navigating the city like it is second nature, she also thinks that being detail-oriented is important. “Whenever you are dealing with a care of somebody’s dog, they might have a health issue, unhealthy habit, or something like that. If you miss that detail, it could be a dangerous situation.”
One piece of dog training advice from Alison, “dog owners sometimes reinforce bad behaviors without realizing it. It’s always good to consult a trainer about behavioral problems, or any habits that you want to correct. They might be able to see the situation with fresh eyes and catch things that you might not have realized you’d been reinforcing.”
Alison enjoys training dogs, and aspires to train service dogs one day. It became a “yes” moment when she trained her dog, Brody, to turn off the lights. “I have such a passion for teaching dogs to do useful things.”
Watch the video below to see Brody turning off the lights!