As a resident of an Amenify property, you now have access to local service providers who are ready to help with day-to-day tasks like walking your dog, cleaning your apartment, working out and more. However, we realize you likely have no idea who you’re hiring to do these tasks. So, we’d like to introduce you!

If you’re a pet owner who lives at an Amenify property in the Greater Denver Area, then keep reading to get to know Jeff Fullmer, of Dogs Colorado, a Denver-based dog walking service for dogs of all breeds and sizes. If you like what you read and want to hire Jeff for your pup, then you can get started by clicking here or using the links at the end of this post.

Tell us about the history of Dogs Colorado. How did you start this business and how did you get into pet care?

By millennial standards, I worked for the federal government for a small eternity. My inspirations waxed and waned over the years but it was my colleagues and their dedication to a mission larger than themselves, to a greater good, that stuck with me the most. Their dedication showed me that I could never feel satisfied with my work unless I found my own idea of a greater good.

I was extraordinarily lucky to travel in my youth. Later, in search of the aforementioned good, I was able to travel some more. I found an awful lot out there, and along the way, I heard a few things I had heard before, but I heard them a bit louder this time.

I love dogs, there are no two ways around it. They always bring out the best in me. And I love to run, play, push hard, and to be outside – even more so with my dogs. I belong out on the trail with a companion and I know a dog’s heart feels the same. Dogs Colorado is my own way of participating in the lives of as many fantastic dogs as possible and the best way I have found to participate in my own.  

What is your favorite part of your career in dog walking/pet care?

My favorite part is knowing that it’s good for me. I started Dogs Colorado because when I wander outside my mind becomes calm. It is as if sunlight and the promise of the unknown work together to clear away old worries, sharpen my instincts, and fuel new ideas. I like to think that I see an analogous effect in my dogs. That we somehow share this bit of clarity in our adventures. Certainly, I rarely see them happier. It is as if they spend their days at home loyal to my life story, but when we go outside, they get to be a part of their own.

What’s your favorite spot to take the dogs? Hiking trail? Dog park?

I can’t pick a favorite, Colorado’s front range is too beautiful! It’s hard to go wrong anywhere around Golden – the Mesas, Green Mountain, Crown Hill, City Park, Cheesman Park. We find new and beautiful areas nearly every week. However, as a rule, we don’t take our packs to dog parks. There are just too many unknowns.

What challenges have you faced in your business? How have you overcome them?

Many potential clients want us to be something that we are not, which is understandable. In these cases, we just stick to our principals. We aren’t an on-demand service, we don’t help out with training that is aggressive or fear-based, and at all times we prioritize the safety of both your dog and our Puptenders.

How do you handle dogs with different temperaments or that aren’t great with others?

By listening and tracking progress. At all times, our Puptenders are fully prepared to take two giant steps backward. When a dog bristles, growls, drags their paws, that means they are trying to communicate. It has been our experience, time after time, that our patience and ability to give a dog the space they are asking for helps us to lay the groundwork for a meaningful relationship and a necessary sense of trust.

Our Puptenders note each dog’s progress and disposition every time we provide a service. In this way, we make sure that every dog’s specific social needs are addressed and that we never put a dog into a situation until they are ready. When the time does come, however, we push forward with confidence. This careful process allows us to create positive associations between your dog and our Puptenders and pack hikes. Our end goal is for our services to be a reward for the dog and to be something that they look forward to!

What advice would you give to a first-time pet owner?

Be patient! Be their partner as they explore the world, be somebody they can rely on, and put in the time to discover all the different ways to communicate with them. This, over and over again, will take your relationship far.

How did you start working with Amenify and how have we helped your business?

Believe it or not, Amenify found Dogs Colorado on Thumbtack. Once the concept of Amenify was explained to me I knew that Dogs Colorado would be a wonderful fit with the ability to get all those pent up doggos some time outdoors. 

What do you do in your free time?

When I’m not expanding my knowledge about dogs and the great outdoors I home-roast coffee, homebrew beer, travel, train to bike-pack the Baja Divide, play guitar, learn new recipes, and think about writing a book.

What alternative career path might you have taken if you didn’t start Dogs Colorado?

I’ve always loved to write – perhaps I do still. Is that a career? Long form communication calls to me more and more with each passing year. 

What is your dream travel destination?

I’ve had the good fortune to have traveled a great deal. Any travel is good travel but Tasmania holds a very special place in my heart. It’s wild, authentic, peaceful, cultured, and achingly beautiful.

What’s the best pet name you’ve ever heard?

Poseidon takes the cake.

What’s your favorite dog breed?

Mystery Mix 47.b (Rev. 2) Huh? I had to answer with a joke because I don’t have a favorite dog breed! I enjoy them all. I figured by providing an answer that sounds like a computer generated it, I could get away with not answering the question ;).

Anything else you’d like to share with Amenify residents?

All of the Puptenders at Dogs Colorado want to meet you and your doggos! Please don’t hesitate to give us a call just to see what we are all about. We’ll kick everything off with a meet and greet where we’ll come to you and your pup at your convenience. It is very important to us that we are a good fit for you and your dog and there is only one way to find out ;). We look forward to meeting you both!

All photos courtesy of Dogs Colorado

You can learn more about Amenify dog walking services here. If you live at an Amenify property and are interested in booking a dog walking service, please log in to get started.

Lastly, if you have any questions for Jeff or the rest of the Dogs Colorado team, be sure to leave them in the comments!