You work full time and you get a puppy. Here is Finlay at 6 weeks when we chose him. Life changes, but you don’t want to throw the career away. You do want to combine the joys of owning a dog and working. What’s a Mom to do?
A Puppy’s Life is Busy
I have lived in Barrington for 20 years and although we previously had a dog, he was an old boy and was happy to snooze away the day with the odd visit outside and breakfast and dinner, with one 30 minute walk, a few tickles and sleeping at his master’s feet. If you’ve heard the expression It’s a Dog’s Life, well that about summed it up for Gambit, our Irish Setter. Bliss.
Along comes a rambunctious new puppy and slow down is not in his vocabulary, except when the steam runs out and he crashes for a quick snooze. Always on the go, wants to play all day, does not want to be alone, oh and then there’s the constant potty breaks needed when house training. 3 meals a day. Being a Golden Retriever with hunting bloodlines, he loves being outside! Would spend hours watching the world go by especially flying ducks and geese. Sounds more like a puppy vacation. For him, again bliss.
We have given Finlay, our new Golden Retriever, some basic training but he’s got a few naughty habits I have not been able to break. His worst is leash biting, making walkies a tough problem at times now he is 40lbs; I cannot scoop him up anymore. And oddly, clothes tugging. Strange and not sure where that came from.
Yikes what to do. There’s always a solution to a problem, I just need to find it.
Enter The Dog House of Barrington
So I go looking for a trainer who can give Finlay more than I know and my search turns up Mark Boldt with The Dog House of Barrington. (He is a K9 certified trainer, that’s just what I need.) Wow I never knew this place existed! And I have lived here 20 years. Right in the heart of town too.
Finlay and I go for our 1 hour free training assessment and mini session; I am impressed, he is signed up to start October 17th. In the meantime I have not been working much for 3 months and feel the need to stop saying no to new clients. The Dog House of Barrington to the rescue. Turns out that the training is just part of what the facility offers. The primary role is puppy day care, doggy day care, overnight care, boarding, grooming.
So Finlay has spent the last 2 weeks romping around with his puppy friends and getting used to the place before the real work begins. The puppies are in their own room. Always a staff member in attendance. We take his lunch and some snacks with us. He comes home dog (puppy) tired. After a quick dash around the yard he drops asleep in the kitchen. And he sleeps, and he sleeps.
Thank You To The Dog of House Barrington
All my problems are solved. I’ll have a very well trained puppy, he has a place to go and play when Mom needs to meet clients and his socialization is top notch. ( A big cause of puppy problems is lack of socialization with other dogs and people.) He gets a lot of exercise. On bad weather days he can go to The Dog House of Barrington and play.
After his training is complete we’ll be working on that together and getting back to our morning walk routine. I am thrilled to have a found a place to take him as needed and the rates are very reasonable. The staff are wonderful.
Finlay will go to The Dog House of Barrington at least once a week while I am working.
If you are a family that loves dogs, are looking to buy or sell in the Barrington area, don’t worry about a Realtor being afraid of dogs, I’ll welcome your pooch as part of your family too. Kitties too, we have 3 – Joey – 14, Shadow and Twinkie – twins 11. Give me a call at 847-363-3686.