Tigard dog walker helps calm fearful pets
Angie’s List member Pamela Markowitz and her husband, David, have hired dog walkers for their furry friends for years.
“Dave and I adopt older dogs from the Oregon Humane Society to give them loved and cherished end-of-life years,” says the Portland, Oregon, member. “Senior dogs frequently have physical issues or mobility limitations that require me to recruit human assistance to help get the beasts comfortably in and out of cars and to and from vet appointments.”
When it comes to finding that help, Markowitz says Courtney Pherson, owner of highly rated Aunt Courtney and Family Pet Care and Dog Walking in Tigard, Oregon, is her go-to person.
Markowitz says she first found Pherson before she started her company.
“Courtney had been walking our dogs for over a year as an employee of a dog-walking business owned by another person,” she says. “When that business faltered, Courtney decided to start Aunt Courtney and Family Pet Care and Dog Walking.”
Markowitz is most impressed by Pherson’s work with Markowitz’s young dog, Coco.
She says Coco used to be leash-reactive, but Pherson transformed Coco from fearful to curious while on solo walks or in group settings, using positively reinforced behavior techniques, patience and kindness.
Markowitz says she now uses Pherson three times a week for walks, and occasionally uses her for house and dog sitting when she needs to go out of town.
“We have always been very impressed by Courtney’s professionalism and thoughtfulness,” she says, “but seeing her successful work helping to socialize our Coco makes Courtney our hero.”