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Pet Sitter in Leonardtown

Hi there! My name is Emily. I recently relocated to Leonardtown, Maryland to be closer to family. I have four dogs (three Labrador Retrievers and one Boxer) and two cats (a Calico and a Brown Tabby) of my own, but I love making time for creatures of all shapes and sizes! I have experience caring for just about every type of domesticated animal you can think of, and if I haven't done it before, I'm confident I can learn how! ___________________BACKGROUND__________________ I've wanted to make a career out of working with animals since I can remember. Growing up (in Texas), my family always had a dog or two around, and I dreamed of being a breeder or trainer. During high school and my first year of college, I worked as a teacher's assistant for summer zoo camp classes at the Fort Worth Zoo to fulfill my animal interests. I started college at Texas A&M University on the route to vet school but quickly realized medicine was not for me, so I dropped out to try other things. In 2011 I worked as a kennel technician, and in 2012, I started offering my own pet sitting and training services under the name "InterACT" (Inter-species Adaptable Communication Techniques). I went back to the local (Blinn) Community College and earned my Associate's degree in Psychology in 2015. From 2015 until now... - I shadowed and apprenticed under multiple dog trainers - I earned the title of CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed) through the CCPDT (Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers) - I built up my own successful pet sitting service in the Bryan-College Station, TX area - I gave three public presentations at A&M on canine body language, behavior, and training - I wrote monthly e-newsletter articles for Long Way Home animal rescue in Bryan, TX And in 2016, I re-enrolled at Texas A&M University and graduated (August 2017) with my Bachelor's of Science in Psychology. I recently relocated to Leonardtown, Maryland to be closer to family.

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Zip Code 20650
Years of Experience 10
Provider Type Individuals
Hourly Rate $25.00
House Calls Yes


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Chelsea I

I've known Emily for about 7 years, and have worked with her at a zoo, boarding kennel, and with petsitting. She is a fantastic animal care specialist, and will treat your pets like hers. She spends as much time as possible enriching her own dogs lives with park trips, training, and socializing. Her personal goals are to assist owners with training and behavioral issues with their dogs, so you know they are in excellent hands.

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Lisa A

I want to begin by saying I have never met anyboy with as much patience and awareness in other animals as Emily. She has taught me so much about animals--dogs in particular--and my perception of caring for animals has completely changed because of her. I first met Emily when she adopted her boxer puppy Jenga. She said she got her so her other dog, Kota, who has an aggression problem with boxers, would get over his anxiety. I was dubious at first, but after about two years I can easily see the difference!! Emily is more than qualified to care for animals. She has worked at a playcare, studied breeding techniques from multiple breeders, has established her own line of Labradors, and continues to expand her knowledge and awareness. Emily has (and will continue) watched my four animals. I know at one point she was in charge of about eight different animals for an entire week and they were just fine when we all came back home. Emily is guaranteed to be a great asset to any dog community, and I feel that there is nobody more qualified or deserving of this opportunity. If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Regards, Lisa Alfonso