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We are a full-service pet care company specializing in: Dog Training, Dog Walking, Cat and Dog Sitting in Your Home, Vacation Care , Pet Transportation, Overnight Pet Sitting and House Sitting.

Our staff of animal lovers is carefully screened and selected, we will work with you to set the highest level of personalized care. 

Paws First in-home care eliminates the stress that can result from day-to-day isolation, boredom and insufficient exercise while you are away from the home.

Founder/Owner

Paws FirstAfter working in the apparel industry for over 20 years, Founder and Owner of Paws First, LLC, Liz Boucher decided to leave the corporate world and follow her life’s passion to start her own pet sitting and dog walking business in June, 2009.
The idea grew from her love of animals and desire to get more involved with animal rescue in the community. As a child, Liz grew up with German Shepherds and throughout her young adult life always had cats. When she bought her first home she adopted her first border collie mix, Buddy, and fell  in love with the breed. Shortly after she adopted her second border collie, Brett who inspired her fascination in animal behavior and dog training. In 2013 she received her certification in Dog Obedience from the Animal Behavior College and did all her field work with several rescues and Woodbridge Animal Shelter and Adoption Center. She holds a certification in Professional Pet Sitting with the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and maintains membership to Pet Sitters International and National Association of Professional pet Sitters. She regularly participates in Continued Education Courses such as Red Cross Pet First Aide, Pet Nutrition, Ian Dunbar Dog Obedience and Dog Behavior, Dog Trainer Connection,Pet Professional Guild, Animal Behavior College training seminars. Over the past 10 years her business has grown incredibly with over 300 clients and 10 dog walker and pet sitters.

They were Asked, What is it like to be a Dog Walker?

Do what you love, love what you do is how I feel about being a dog walker. It’s having the opportunity to take something you are passionate about and enjoy and do it as your job. I tell my husband ,I just may live forever. I get to be outside, get some exercise and spend the day with pups that are genuinely happy to see me.

They were Asked, What is it like to be a Dog Walker?

As a nurse, I’ve always gotten great satisfaction by caregiving.  I have found my favorite clients have been of the 4-legged variety! When pet sitting, I come across unique situations because the pets are missing their family. It’s not just seeing that their physical needs are met, its meeting their emotional needs as well. Spending time calming them down, making them happy and reassure that their family will be home soon just part of my care.