What would you like your dog to do? Setting goals and identifying the small steps along the way will set you and your dog on the path to success. As the Training Director, I wear many hats. We will get to know each other right away as we talk about you and your dog and your partnership together. I have been teaching people and their dogs and training new instructors for 25 years. (Board Member and Treasurer)
What was that noise? Who is that over there? Can your dog do what you ask out in the world of work and play? You will meet me when you and your dog are ready for some new challenges. Starting out as a volunteer more than 20 years ago, I soon became an enthusiastic class instructor. Now I am a Field Trip Instructor, focusing on you and your dog working together in public places. (Board Member and President)
Dropped your keys, a penny, can’t find the TV remote, or need your telephone? I know firsthand that a service dog can help. Zoe has learned to assist me just as my previous dog did. An instructor for many years, I will meet you later in your training as your Field Trip Instructor, when you and your dog demonstrate what a great team you have become. (Board Member and Secretary)
That’s exactly right. Click! Good dog. Puppies are a sponge, soaking up learning with energy and abandon. Let’s put all that enthusiasm to work for you. Does your dog have a behavioral challenge? I began learning about positive training due to my own dog’s behavior issues. I volunteered at a shelter and have been teaching others to train their own service dogs for 10 years. You will meet me as your Instructor. I particularly enjoy working with beginners and introducing you and your dog to clicker training.
Someone’s at the door, let’s go see who it is. That’s the smoke alarm, let’s get outside right now! Our dogs can be our ears and save a life. Your dog can let you know someone has called your name or that a siren is coming down the street. I have been a service dog instructor for more than 15 years, teaching teams from the beginning stages to the certification level, and you will meet me as your Instructor. I have a special interest in working with the deaf and hard of hearing. (Board Member and Vice President)