Meet our instructors.
Chris is nationally known for her Border Collie training and competing in Fly ball, Agility, Obedience, Conformation, and Herding. Her passion is behavioral modification and those difficult dogs and handlers that are having miscommunications.
Chris has produced Champion dogs in everything listed above. She has over 25 years’ experience in dog training and been a member of various local Dog organizations throughout the years. Chris has a variety of Certificates of Completion through various well know trainers. She has over 15 years’ experience working with dog needing behavior management. She takes great joy in working with the dogs and teaching the owners how to communicate with their dog. She has spent several years teaching group classes with a local organization and has now included in home advanced training and behavioral modification. She is also certified through AKC to teach classes and test for all the CGC class groups to include, CGCA Community Canine, CGC Urban, and Trick Dog. She also does classes and testing for Public Access. Chris has also completed both human and dog psychology programs.
All others such as basic obedience, Star Puppy or CGC you will have to work with our other trainers. Chris is presently under a contract for these classes and tests.
Elizabeth has worked for over 15 years in task training service dogs. She has working in over 15 years in training for obedience and companion pet dog training. 5 years’ experience working with dogs needing behavior management. Recently completing various educational programs for Animal Behaviorist. She has completed several different Diploma programs for Animal Behaviorist, Service Dog, Medical Billing and Coding, and Accounting. Certificates in various obedience and behavior training programs. She has a degree in Business Management, Quality Control Management, and Psychology. Medical Billing and Coding, She has also competed in obedience, rally, and herding with her border collies. Her passion is working with puppies and younger dogs to to help prevent future behavioral problems.
All our trainers believe in education and are certified, trained and have experience in many aspects of dog training. Yes, in the U.S.A. there is no mandated certification. But we believe you never stop learning and we are always taking additional educational classes so that we can learn any new tricks of the trade. Dog training is always changing, there are fads, gimmicks, and then just new science based training techniques from people in the trade that have been doing it much longer than we have.
Dogs can be educated in multiple disciplines using a range of positive methods, including clicker, food-based and the praise-reward methods. There are other methods that with some dogs can produce positive results but when used wrong can are damage the bond between owner and dog. These methods include prong collars and shock collars, these should only be last resorts and only on a limited number of dogs. These should only be short term and when all other options have been exhausted. Puppies, elderly dogs or rescues that have not bonded with their owners are a few example of were prong collars and shock collars should never be used. Service dogs should also never be put in prong collar or shock collars, this can create insecurities and confuse the dog so that it could take it out on the general public. Remember no matter what, this dog is a weapon and if not properly socialized it can become very dangerous. But our goal is to make it fun for you and your dog so that bad things will hopefully never happen. Majority of the time it is just a miscommunication between dog and owner, this is not a dangerous dog, just a confused dog.