Welcome to our new segment of Interview with the Auntie! Learn all about the staff members at Wooftopia and why they love working with your dogs. Our first Auntie Interview is with, of course, Auntie Dez!
How long have you worked at Wooftopia? What is your position?
What is your favourite thing about working at Wooftopia?
Seeing the difference that structured and safe socialization can make for a dog’s confidence and also snuggling. I also love helping dogs who haven’t succeeded in other social settings and teaching them how to have fun.
What is your favourite dog breed? Why?
I can’t pick a favourite breed, I guess I love a mutt!
In your opinion, what is the best tip you would give to dog owners?
Be confident with your dog! Ignore fearful behaviour and reward when they are being confident. The more comfortable and confident you are with your dog, the more comfortable and confident your dog will become.
What are you most passionate about in regards to dogs?
I am passionate about rehabbing dogs that have fear and/or aggression issues. I love helping a dog gain confidence and start to enjoy life no matter what background they may have come from.
What was your first pet?
My first pet was a Border Collie/Husky X named Max.
What kind of pets do you have?
Kali (5 year old husky/lab X): Kali is a rehab dog who helps dogs overcome their issues. She is also a big goofball.
Nanu (6ish cattle dog/husky/heinz 57): She is sassy and loves to play rough. She is always the boss.
Harvey (13ish Heinz 57, spaniel maybe?): Bites humans and loves to pee on all the things.
Timber (6ish German Shepherd X): Loves to run and explore on a hike, needs to live with other dogs but doesn’t necessarily care for them that much…
Sunomono and Toro (8 month old rats): Su loves to snuggle and Toro loves to explore.
Bread and Butter (1.5 year old rats): Bread loves to snuggle and is working on her tricks and Butter likes to eat all the snacks.
What is your favourite thing to do with your pet(s)?