Pawsitive Care and Training LLC - Williamstown, NJ
Welcome to PAWSitive Care & Training!
PET CARE AND DOG TRAINING/BEHAVIOR CONSULTING SERVICES BY CRYSTAL D.
Who am I?
I am a professional pet-lover with more than 20 years of experience caring for pets (especially dogs) of all sizes, shapes, and temperaments. As such, I am able to work, competently, with the varying and individual needs of most any pet.
I aim to work with utmost integrity and I hold myself accountable to the ethical and professional standards of the animal behavior and professional dog training organizations from which I am seeking credentialing.
Aside from my identity as a "pet-lover", I am a mom to a healthy, happy, little boy (who may occasionally accompany me on my visits to care for your 4-legged family members).
I am also a student. When I'm not caring for my son or your pets, I am studying to earn my B.S. in General Psychology (with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis) at Capella University.
My intention, after completing my B.S., is to go on to earn my M.S. in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA).
What are my personal and professional experiences?
I was raised with and around animals. Growing up, I was always surrounded by dogs and cats. Additionally, I have had and/or cared for domestic and exotic pets such as snakes, lizards (bearded dragons, geckos, etc.), birds, frogs and toads, small animals (hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs), turtles and tortoises, and aquatic pets.
Beyond that, I have experience with horses, chickens, goats, and other livestock/farm animals.
I am always happy to learn new skills and am open to caring for any pets not specifically mentioned herein.
My professional experience includes pet-sitting for neighbors from the time I was a young child. I was (and still am) known as reliable and responsible with - as well as compassionate toward - all pets.
In my early teens, I worked as a dog-bather within a grooming salon at a major pet supply retailer. There, I had my first introduction to pet safety in a grooming/bathing context. I can safely clip nails (for cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, etc.), clean ears (for cats, dogs, etc.) and offer baths (for dogs and tolerant cats).
In my late teens, and for a total of about 3 years, I served an apprenticeship assisting with the raising and training of service dogs for people with disabilities, therapy and emotional support animals. Under this mentor, I also had the opportunity to observe as dogs with fearful and/or aggressive behaviors were rehabilitated.
I learned how to use positive reinforcement techniques, recognize every dog and person as an individual, and keep a positive attitude (a MUST-have for dog training).
This is also the time at which I started independently researching animal behavior, learning theory, and psychology. As you read above, I ultimately chose to continue my studies in psychology on a formal basis.
After this point in time, I served as a dog trainer for another major pet supply retailer and offered both 1:1 training sessions and group classes. Ultimately, I was unhappy with the cookie-cutter style of classes I was being asked to provide so I terminated my position.
DOG TRAINING AND/OR BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION
Are you considering adding a puppy or dog to your family and wish for assistance in picking out the one that will be the best fit for your family?
Do you have a dog/puppy whose jumping, barking, digging, pulling on leash, and/or other behaviors are causing a nuisance and you need help? Do you need help house-training or crate training a new (or not so new) 4-legged member of your family?
Is your dog/puppy fearful and/or aggressive in certain situations or around certain people/places/objects and you'd like help in making them feel more comfortable and eliminating troubling behaviors?
Do you want your dog/puppy to learn their basic manners and important cues (such as sit, down, wait, stay, come, leave it, place,)? Does your dog/puppy seem to look everywhere but at you when you call his/her name and want them to learn to focus on you?
I can help with all this and more! Contact me to set up a FREE 30-60 min. consultation!
DOG WALKING, DROP-IN VISITS
Do your pets need a nice walk or potty break?
How about medication(s)* administered? Flea/Tick Repellent applied, or Heart Worm Preventative given?
Do your cats need their litter boxes scooped, a midday feeding, and some gentle brushing or other TLC?
Do you think you left your stove on and want it checked or need your lights, blinds, etc. rotated?
*I offer administration of oral or topical medications and injection of subcutaneous medication(s).
Feel free to ask me about your pet(s)' other special needs!
AUXILIARY PET CARE & HOME-BASED SERVICES
Does your dog, or cat need their nails clipped, ears cleaned, and/or a bath?
I offer basic grooming services such as nail clipping, ear cleaning, and baths.
Please ask about other animals not listed!
- House Calls
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How do you serve precious pets?
- Pet Training
- Pet First Aid Training
- Pet Meds Administration
- Dog Walking
- Pet Boarding
- Pet Sitting
Which training type do you employ to encourage paw-sitive behaviors?
- Pet Behavior Modification
- Dog Obedience Training
- Service Dog Training
- Dog Therapy Training
What part of the animal kingdom do you serve?
- Guinea Pigs
On a scale of snail to elephant, what size animals do you work with?
- 20-39 lbs
- 40-79 lbs
- 80+ lbs
- under 20 lbs
- American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Approved Evaluator (AKC CGC)
- Penn Foster Dog Training Instructor Certified
- PetCPR+ Pet CPR Certification
Proud member of...
- Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)
Cat-astrophes happen! What is your cancellation policy?
Without pet parents, Petmasters wouldn't exist. What discount do you offer our dedicated members? (e.g. 20% off their first session, etc.)
10% off of first booking
Which part of the country do you serve pets?
South New Jersey and Surrounding Areas
What year did you begin serving pets?
How did you hone your craft?
I have spent 15+ years studying and doing hands-on practice. I am skilled in working with pets of all kinds; especially with handling, training, and providing behavior modification for dogs.
What tip would you give pet parents for working with animals that you've learned as a pro?
It's important to remain positive; only work with your pet when you're in the right frame of mind to so do. If you feel yourself getting frustrated, it's ok to take a break and you should. Lastly, positive reinforcement does NOT mean that firm boundaries are not provided or that expectations aren't clearly set and followed-through on. Quite the opposite is true; firm boundaries and expectations must be set as well as consequences must be followed through on.
What is one thing you want pet parents to know about you? It can be whatev-fur you'd like!
I gladly work with or train dogs that other people (including yourself) may have given up on. I am determined to restore harmony in your relationship with your dog(s) as well as improve communication between the two (or more) of you!