My name is Romy van Driel. I started my company in October 2020. I work in the region Diemen and Muiden. In the mornings I am hired by Run4Dogs to take care of the group walks. In the afternoon I am available for individual walks.
I completed the study Animal Health & Management in 2021. This study trains people to become managers both in and outside the pet sector. In this study my attention has always focused on animal behavior and the mental health of animals and humans. I have also followed various courses and lectures.
At the Martin Gaus Academy I attended the Adolescents & Hormones lecture in which a connection was made between the physiological changes during puberty and the behavior of the dog in those phases.
At The Wolf and Dog Development Center I took a course in wolf and dog behavior. This has opened my eyes even further to the importance of dog training with the mental health of the dog in mind. A year later I did an internship with them for 3 weeks to continue learning.
At the Sheepdogservices workshops, people were asked to create a bond of trust with different dogs. It became very clear how empathetic and creative you have to be to be able to do this with all dogs. And how the mental state of both you and the dog can improve or worsen this. With the course Sheepfullnes at Sheepdogservices we deepened the knowledge of the previously attended workshop. I learned how to switch even better between diffrent intensions with my voice and energy by dog coaching. This makes it even easier for me to guide dogs and I got to know myself even better.
From a young age I had a passion for animals. When I was eight we got our first dog. This was a Caucasian Ovcharka (see photo below). This is a very independent, watchful and confident breed. To me he was very sweet, but we always had to be careful with others. This is because this breed is a nature dog and therefore does not have the acceptance rate of the average house dog. If he did not like something, he would let us know. According to dog language, he did this very nicely, but to most people it could seem violent. That is why we have this expression at home: “Always one eye on the dog and one eye on your surroundings”. Because of this I have always been aware of what is happening and what impact that can have on the dog. This is one of the greatest wisdoms that I bring with me from my childhood when dealing with dogs.