MEET THE WORKING WALK TEAM
Elijah has been working professionally with dogs for 17 years. He started in the shelter world at the Oregon Humane Society performing basic duties such as mucking out kennels, administering medications, vaccines and microchips as well as doing nail trims and basic grooming. Later he moved to temperament testing of incoming dogs, doing adoption counseling, health screenings and behavior work.
When he moved to the Bay Area in 2004, he started working in the dog daycare environment, managing large groups of dogs, supervising behavior, observing subtleties of dog language and learning how and when to intervene and redirect. He focused on keeping energy calm and managing appropriate play amongst the many different types and sizes of dogs attending the facility (up to 120 dogs at any given time). He also managed and trained dog handling staff, did one on one basic obedience training with client dogs and did advanced obedience with his own dogs under the direction of head trainer Sarah Freeman.
He eventually left the daycare format because he saw the need of many great dogs who failed the temperament test or were expelled from daycare because they needed more structure and behavior work than that particular setting could provide.
THE HOME TEAM DOGS
Iggy a.k.a. Pig
16 1/2 yr old heeler mix.
Special skills: Assessing new dogs, gentle boundary setting for young rascals, keeping a mellow energy for the house.
5 yr old Pitbull.
Special skills: Making new dogs feel at ease, playing with teenage dogs until they pass out, babysitting puppies, making old dogs feel young again, giving tiny chihuahuas rides in his back pack.
7 year old Chinese crested/terrier mix.
Special skills: Acclimating boarding guests to small dogs with quiet confidence, telling excitable pups to control themselves, giving serious side eye.
14 (or 100 -who knows-) year old chihuahua.
Special skills: Helping pups gain respectful skills around tiny dogs, teaching big dogs how to watch their step, defending her space with her rancid breath.
13 year old (2.8 lbs) chihuahua.
Special skills: Being a tiny boss.