Martina, dog sitter in London

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: 5
  • Completed bookings: 24
  • Response rate: 94%
  • Response time: within a few hours
  • Cancellation policy for 24h boarding: Moderate
  • Cancellation policy for other services: Flexible
  • Property type: Apartment
  • Resident dogs: One
  • I can administer oral medications
  • Dog care is my primary occupation
  • John

    My Romeo spent a wonderful two days with Martina and had a lovely time - it is so easy to see how happy he was (even in the rain!) as he desparate to visit Martina again! Martina kept me posted all day about how he was and sent photos too. I felt extremely confident leaving him in her care and will definitely be booking more days!

    11th August 2017

  • Mariana

    Martina was fantastic. My experience with her was incredible. She was so loving and caring with tokyo and I could tell that my puppy was very excited and happy to see her. Martina kept me updated all day sending me photos and letting me know how the day was going. I would a 100% contact Martina whenever I need someone to look after Tokyo, she is amazing.

    28th July 2017

  • Sanne

    Zola just had her first 4 day sleepover. Martina went out of her way to keep us updated. Picked up our dog and brought her back, so we did not have any hassle. We have enjoyed our vacation very much, because we knew Zola was in the best hands possible, we already booked our next sleepover for Zola!

    25th July 2017