Hi I'm Tammy and creator of Fitness for Dogs. I'd like you to share a little about me, my dogs, and why I started this business.
About me & my dogs:
I am a big Rottweiler fan. They are very loving and intelligent dogs but they do have huge difficulties with their joints. My last Rottie lived until nearly 12 years old, which is a great age for this breed, but he did suffer from such an early age with osteoarthritis. I did have to make adjustments for him, learn how to keep his weight down and what supplements that would help him. I didn't want him to be on pharmaceutical products all his life as it is bad for their liver, so I looked into different natural products.
He was also quite a naughty dog and I wished I had taken him to training classes as a puppy, but I did learn a lot from this experience and definitely learnt what I wouldn't do in the future.
One of my current dogs is a Rottweiler cross that came from the Dogs Trust as a puppy, and I did take her to puppy classes, plus follow on classes. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to learn more. So I signed up for a college course and became a helper at a local puppy class, learning from the trainers. Again, because of her breed she also suffers from the same joint problems. So I take her to a physio and they have given me so much valuable advice and training in looking after her joints, conditioning and muscle-building.
My other dog is like an elite athlete and is a very busy girl. In fact, she would play fetch and run all day nonstop. Therefore I have to keep her stimulated, as I have a busy lifestyle myself and I can't take her out for hours on end. So I have adopted different activities that can keep both of them fit and healthy, that are not necessarily time-consuming. Both are very different but they still get what they need for the hour I take them out. On the odd occasions where I do not have an hour to spare, I will lead-walk them and spend time conditioning later, then do training in another part of the day.
- I also volunteer at the Dogs Trust, as well as looking after friends dogs and train dogs for friends too. You could say I am dog-mad!
- I am always learning about dogs and training by reading, studying and working with trainers. I enjoy learning about dogs, as well as loving being around them.
- I have qualifications in Canine Studies & Training and Canine Behaviour Training, dog first aid and I have completed courses on Canine Conditioning, Holistic Therapy. I am also furthering my studies on Nutrition, dog aggression, canine communication and dog behaviour.
- I have worked in the pub industry all my life and been very successful at it but I decided it was time for me to move on, so I decided that working with dogs was what I wanted to do, and now I am the proud owner of Fitness For Dogs.