In The New Year

February 5, 2011


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!

Endless Open Sky

October 6, 2010

It seems as though this is a busy time of year. The kind of time when things are ending rather than beginning.

I’ve canceled the basic obedience class at Tabby & Jack’s. There was only one dog that could make it anymore, which is great for that dog, but doesn’t make a whole lot of sense as far as “group” classes go. So, I proposed one-on-one training for that dog and hopefully that’ll work out well.

In addition to that, due to circumstances beyond our control, we’ve also closed out training at Madison Mutts temporarily. With any luck, Melissa will be doing better in the new year and then we can start everything up again –

which would be just lovely. There’s a lot of potential – it’ll work out!

It seems as though there will more than likely be a whole lot of waiting going on until the new year. This should be fine, though. As far as teaching goes, I wanted to start trying to implement a Day Training program as well as get private training going . Both of which would be better for me in the long run, I’m sure, since group classes rely on a place to go if not simply daylight hours. One-on-one stuff lacks the necessity of a lot of equipment, too, which can be a huge plus depending on what you’re trying to do. And what Day Training would be is a type of program that consists of a commitment of 6+ sessions where the trainer goes to a client’s house, teaches the dog, and at the end has a transfer session where the owner is taught how to maintain the skills that their dog just learned. It’s super nifty if you don’t want to actually do the ground work yourself – which a lot of people don’t. Or at least, they don’t have the time even if they do want to do it themselves.

So, that’s the plan! I don’t know what to expect at this point but you know what?
To quote my friend’s song:

In the west there’s endless open sky. Won’t get there hoping that this rope will untie.

The only way to get things to really work out is to do the work to make them work out. Here goes.

Coming to a store near you!

September 2, 2010

No, really!

I’m SUPER PSYCHED to announce that I’m going to begin teaching classes for Tabby & Jack’s starting September 15th! I am THE trainer, and I’ve got my whole customized curriculum and everything.

We’re starting out offering only Basic Obedience and Puppy Class, but hopefully in the new year, we’ll start up a whole barrage of new classes like Tricks Class, Problem Clinics, Canine Good Citizen and all sorts of good stuff!

I’ll also be offering private training lessons through them! It’ll probably be free consultation and if I can help, we’ll go from there.

I can’t wait!!

Aside from my new classes with Tabby & Jack’s, I’ll still be volunteer teaching Tuesday night Life Skills classes for Madison Mutts All Breed Dog Rescue… probably for eternity 🙂

Shameless Plug: Madison Mutts is awesome, and if you’re interested in donating, volunteering, fostering or really anything at all – contact us. We’d love to hear from you.