Some say their dog is too old to learn, some say their dog is too young, I say age doesn’t matter. All dogs can learn new tricks. We just have to learn how to teach them.
Welcome to my blog.
I’ll be sharing techniques I’ve used, as well as tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way. But first let me tell you a little about myself.
My name is Kristine, I’ve loved dogs my whole life but hadn’t thought of making a career out of it until I was helping my sister and my nieces/nephew train a puppy they rescued through an urgent ad on Craig’s List. It occurred to me that if the original owner had someone to turn to for help, they wouldn’t have had to rehome their dog in the middle of the night like they did. It was that moment that I decided to become that someone.
I took a course through Penn Foster, attended seminars and webinars on a variety of training subjects, took courses, read books/articles, watched videos, shadowed a trainer and volunteered at The Simon Foundation, Inc. walking dogs. I volunteered at Thomas J. O’Connor Adoption Center doing shelter enrichment, which is both making the dogs’ stay there as enjoyable as possible as well working with them to get them as adoptable as possible (basic commands, manners, etc.).
I also fostered dogs. These foster dogs had issues making them less adoptable. They benefited from some time away from the shelter and some extra training. Volunteering at these organizations gave me the opportunity to handle 2 lb. Chihuahuas, 200 lb. mastiffs and everything in between. I continued on my path to become a trainer through an internship which landed me a position as a trainer! My classes were basic, intermediate, and AKC Canine Good Citizen. In addition to being an AKC Canine Good Citizen elevator, I am also an APDT C.L.A.S.S evaluator and certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
I have two dogs of my own. One fairly low maintenance, the other is the source of many of the tips/tricks/techniques I’ll be sharing!
Oh, and, I was 45 years old when I started this journey.