As fate would have it, I’ve been a bit AWOL as of late. Winter this year has been a time of insanity and general lack of dog-stuff-ness. Which makes me sad. But, I’ve been getting back into it.
I was just voted into Badger Kennel Club as a full member, which rocks my socks kind of a lot. The BKC is a pretty nice organization and one of the only kennel clubs in the area, so it’s really a great opportunity to connect with other dog people – trainers, breeders, groomers, sitters and general dog enthusiasts. I’m pleased to be a full member now so I can be lead instructor instead of just an assistant. However, I have been assisting their Canine Good Citizen classes with Kay Scholl and Dave McGuire for two years now and I just love working with them. I actually really like the classes through the BKC a lot. There’re usually a fair number of dogs in every class and it makes things interesting to see so many different breeds come through. Plus, it’s always fun to watch the dogs come in with little to no training and watch them progress – many do complete 180’s which is just awesome. 🙂
Speaking of lead instructor, guess who’s teaching classes for Good Dog Home Obedience in Deforest again? Oh yeah, it’s me. I’ll be teaching Pet Dog Manners (basic obedience) and Canine Good Citizen for Ken Wedel again this summer – and I’ll more than likely be helping with Agility classes, too – Fun!! I’m pretty pleased. Ken usually ends up with a good spread of dogs coming through his place, and I just love teaching basic obedience-esq classes. The progress that the dogs make is just fantastic to watch when they’re in the beginning stages of training.
The other fun part about working for GDHO is that Ken’s most likely going to be borrowing Madison Mutt’s agility equipment. Which means we’ll have some really nice stuff for the dogs to use – and hopefully it means that Melissa (of MM) will be able to help teach the agility classes – because she’s awesome at teaching and I think it would be phenomenal to assist her classes again.
And the OTHER new thing is that I’ve finally started getting into grooming :D! Which, at this point, just means job shadowing groomer friends and asking a bazillion questions and practicing on Gimli and my dog-sitter’s two poodle mutts. At the moment, I’m hanging out with Rebecca Haglund of Diamond Dog Grooming in Oregon Wisconsin. Her business is relatively small and based in her home, but she’s very good and super awesome for letting me hang out, observe and study. I met her through the BKC, too – so, like I said, it’s an awesome way to make connections. 😀 Now if I could find a day that works for my other dog grooming friend, I’d be set. 😛
My work with Tabby & Jack’s is kind of on hold at the moment, but that’s what I expected for the time being. With the weather being less than ideal and us not having any kind of indoor facility, it’s difficult to get things going for training. Hopefully, in the spring when the weather clears, we’ll get that up and running again. In the meantime, I have some organizing to do.
AND! There’s a seminar coming up in May featuring Ian Dunbar! He’s kind of a big deal in the dog training world and I am Stoked to go see him. It’ll be rockin’. And hopefully super useful/educational. 😀 WOOT!