Dogs for a better life - Dog Care and Training


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About Martina

I live in a cozy ground floor apartment with my boyfriend. The house has a park view and we are not far from Victoria Park and a lovely City Farm. We foster dogs with any condition from "Battersea dogs and cats home". I'm also studying to be a dog trainer and I'm working as dog walker in Islington area. I have my "dog behaviour and training" certification and I'm also following extra courses on animal physiotherapy, in order to match exercise and relax for our furry friends! These little steps I'm making are part of a bigger goal: my main purpose is to change the dog's role in our society. As long as we keep giving dogs just a pet-role, there will always be people considering them just as cute friends with a lot of energies that we need to control. We should, instead, give more importance to this therapeutic love! (Imagine we could flip our point of view, seeing as main 'what dogs give to us': how many therapies can you think of which would be better and sweeter with a dog? How many jobs can dogs do better than humans, thanks to their skills? Or just how much do you feel better with a dog-friend looking at you and being there for you?) For ages the dog/owner relationship was based on dominance theory and even if now things are changed, we still have to improve this new idea of family -pack. The best way is educating people; we first have to educate people to what a dog really is, how does he really feel and interact and then we can work on and with the dog. When I train a dog, most of the time, the training is first of all for the owners. I try to teach the family to think how dogs think, to see with the pet's eyes. Did you know that shouting at your dog for toilet accidents, or for barking while socialising increase his frustration? He thinks you are blaming the act not the way he's done it. Having in care a dog is much more than just walk him or feed him. It's about observing, discussing and creating a stronger connection between the human and the dog.

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  • Repeat clients: 7
  • Completed bookings: 39
  • Response rate: 92%
  • Response time: within a few hours
  • Cancellation policy for dog boarding: Moderate
  • Cancellation policy for other services: Flexible
If you have special time requirements, simply let Martina know.
  • Property type: Apartment
  • Resident dogs: One
  • I can administer oral medications
  • Dog care is my primary occupation
  • Steve

    We are so delighted to have found Martina and would highly recommend her. our 9 month old Jack Russell had never been looked after by anyone except us before, and when I collected him I could tell he had totally bonded with Martina. He was so happy and relaxed and had obviously had a wonderful time, lots of walks, affection and play. Martina obviously really loves dogs and understands them, we thought she was just great. Lovely to have photos sent throughout the day of a very happy dog!

    + More 9th September 2017

  • Leila

    Martina is over and above I could have asked for Riley. She is an incredible young lady with a big heart and very caring personality! Now that we have found her, I hope that she is the one who can stay with our welshie when we need to go away!

    4th September 2017

  • Mariana

    Martina is nothing but fantastic. She is so loving and caring towards all doggies. I am so so so happy to have found her as my puppy is so in love with her and her dog. He has the best time and I do as well knowing that my dog can't be in better hands.

    17th August 2017

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