Hey there! Let’s start with your name, where you’re from, and your role at Doglando.
My name is Amber Perry and I grew up in Longwood, Florida. I’m a Campus Coach at Doglando.
How long have you been working with dogs? How long have you been working at Doglando?
I’ve been working with dogs and other animals since 2007, and I’ve been with Doglando for a little over two years now. It surprises me that it’s already been that long since I first walked through the door looking for a job!
Why did you choose this career?
I chose this career because I’ve always enjoyed working directly with animals and I plan on becoming a research veterinarian. I want to study animal behavior in-depth so that I can better understand and work with them once I enter the veterinary field.
What are some of your favorite things to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I love to work on my art, like my paintings and drawings. I also enjoy reading a good book when I’m not inspired to paint or draw anything new. And, I stay pretty active by swimming as regularly as possible.
Do you have your own dog or any other pets at home?
Due to lack of time and expense, I actually don’t have my own dog right now. But, I like to consider all of our Doglando dogs as my own! They’re in our care during their stay with us, after all.
I do have a 1.5 year old ginger cat named Nero, though. He’s the best cat I’ve ever had and sometimes he’s more dog-like than cat-like. He even has two best furry friends – my roommates’ two ferrets, Bella and Fergus.
Is there anything particularly funny/amusing/entertaining that Nero does?
Because I got Nero while I was shadowing one the puppy classes, I decided to see if I could train him some basic obedience commands, and I did.
Although, because he’s a cat, it’s more like tricks that he will do when it suits his needs. But he does know sit, touch, up, and come. Of course he always gets rewarded for these little tricks. I did try to teach him how to weave once, but we preferred scent work games.
Has working at Doglando taught you anything particularly memorable?
There is no way anyone can work at Doglando and not learn something about behavior, unless they’re sleeping the entire time. I have learned so much about behavior and how it applies, not just to dogs, but other animals as well, like cats and even people.
It’s amazing to watch a new dog come into our Enrichment program or go through one of our classes and we see the change in behavior as they learn to work with us and their owners.
I would say that the biggest thing I’ve learned while at Doglando is just how unique every dog is and how they all learn at different rates, are motivated by different things, and how they respond differently to various stimuli. I already knew that every dog is unique, but to actually observe that uniqueness and to be able to work with so many individual dogs, has taught me that flexibility is so important in setting each and every one of them up for success.
If you had to pick one favorite thing about working at Doglando, what would it be?
I love Doglando as a whole – my team, our dogs, and our members. If I had to pick one thing I like best, though, it would be the learning opportunity, hands down. I love that there is always something new to learn each day about the dogs, or the people around me, or a new role, like training classes.
What upcoming Doglando programs/events are you most excited about? What about them gets you so jazzed?
I really enjoy our Thanksgiving celebration, Dogsgiving, and the beach trip. These events give us a chance to mingle with our members and get to know them better, all while building up the relationship between our human members and Doglando.
We hope you enjoyed getting to know more about Amber (and Nero!). Have you ever successfully taught your cat tricks, like Amber and Nero? Will you be joining the Doglando team for Dogsgiving, or for a beach trip? Let us know in the comments!