I’m Rumer’s human, I work as a dog trainer at Adolescent Dogs, which is basically my dream job and for years I thought it was an unreachable dream but it turns out dreams can come true! I studied Animal Behaviour and Welfare at Lincoln University and then joined the Adolescent Dogs team as a new trainee back in 2016, since then I’ve worked my way up to an Advanced Senior trainer. No doubt it can be an intense job and at times it’s pretty much 24/7 but I love what I do and it’s so rewarding.
Rumer is a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, she’s crazy, active and seriously hard-working! I chose a Toller because I wanted a dog who could compete in dog sports and keep up with my busy, active job, but also who can switch-off and happily spend time chilling out. Rumer matches this exactly and some days she will go all day but other days she can easily take a day off and spend the day on the sofa which is perfect for my ever varied routine.
She is a sensitive dog, and fits pretty accurately to the Toller trait of being a little wary of new people and not always the most confident or ‘loves everyone’ type of dog! This presents its own challenges but I knew this when I chose a Toller so it’s something I’ve had to accept and work a bit harder on when it comes to confidence building and knowing Rumer’s limits and personality.