Her passion for animal welfare goes before her, as does her reputation as a renowned dog trainer and owner of ‘Carina’s Zoo’ home boarding facility. Truly remarkable that she still has the time to be a dedicated pet parent to five dogs and eight cats.
In case you didn’t know, Carina is a Furchild Ambassador and we’ve caught up with her to ask a few questions about what it’s like working within the industry, and what advice she’d like to share with pet parents of the UAE.
Here’s the inside scoop…
Dogs have been my passion since I was a toddler having been blessed with them growing up [in Portugal]. When I adopted my 1st dog (after leaving my parent’s house) I decided I would train him myself and enrolled in a dog-training course.
When I moved to the UAE, I missed being around dogs, so I decided to use my knowledge and experience to create a company, Carina’s Zoo Dog Training. [Carina has been living in Dubai for 6 years, moved from Portugal]
Since then I’ve been actively helping animals and their families in the region, through training and helping as much as I can with animal welfare.
Every dog is a good dog and they must be trained and taught the right way, just like we raise our kids.
I use modern dog training techniques, mainly focused on clicker training. I am aware that I need to assist dog parents to raise their ‘furchildren’ and I need to find real solutions for real owners and their daily challenges.
Dogs as much as children need time, patience and dedication. We can train a dog to sit in five minutes, but it takes a lot of practice and time to have him/her sitting automatically in any situation after the command word is said.
They [dogs] are extremely clever and trainable but they are not robots. We humans need to understand that we are constantly humanizing pets and have high expectations of their capabilities to adapt to our world and rules. We must respect the amount of time it takes for pets to learn and grow into ‘perfect’ pets.
I’m lucky enough to have had a lot of successful cases, I cannot choose a particular pet or case to share with you. I am proud when the families I work with put in the effort and follow my guidance to further their dog’s training. Together we transform a “little trouble maker” into a great pet for life!
Well… firstly, we must stop acquiring pets as accessories! It’s extremely important that people research a specific breed before buying them based on their looks. Ideally people should look into adopting instead of buying as the UAE is flooded with unwanted, abandoned and stray animals, unfortunately. As well, the sources of “pedigree” animals here are highly suspicious.
When bringing a new pet home it’s important to research about an appropriate nutrition plan, training from the start and providing enough exercise for the breed. You need to make sure your building/community is pet-friendly to avoid future disappointment and it is extremely important if you are an expat to start a savings plan so that if/when you leave the country, you make sure that you don’t leave your furry family members behind. Start from the very beginning!
Now… tell us a little bit about your furry family members!
My gang is composed of five dogs and eight cats. They are all different breeds, sizes, personalities and stories as to how they joined Carina’s Zoo.
In my opinion, feeding raw has always been the healthiest option for my pets, but I found it extremely complicated to do myself. It requires a lot of research and I would have had to figure the right proportions and serving amounts for each pet. Also, it wasn’t practical to prepare, store and freeze all the quantities. Now all of that has changed…
"FURCHILD has arrived as my savior and the solution to all the concerns mentioned above! "
Since I have my gang on this diet, the first immediate change that I noticed was how their coats became shiny and they shed considerably less. They also look fitter and I can see their muscle definition. Incredibly, my pack never experienced an upset stomach or any side effects frequently seen when transitioning even between kibble to raw, or even to any new brand of pet food.
Previously I tried to feed homemade raw to two of my dogs, however they didn’t show any interest in my meals. I was a bit concerned about how they would accept Furchild meals but with the guidance and advice of Furchild’s great team, their transition was done smoothly and successfully. Now it’s a pleasure to watch them devour their meals and they always ask for more. Haha.
Not yet as I’ve been extremely busy training dogs and their parents privately. But I am planning to start a YouTube channel very soon! This will enable me to reach more people as well as maintain relations and support clients (and Carina Zoo’s fans) from the UAE and worldwide.
For anyone interested in knowing more, you can check my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CarinasZooTraining. It is constantly updated with videos, training tips and an inside look at life in the Zoo.
I am really pleased to be a part of the Furchild Family.
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