It has been quite a while since I’ve had the chance to sit down and write a blog post! I had the opportunity this summer to work with so many loving families and their dogs, it was awesome! But, now that fall is here, I’m taking a bit of a break to sit back and assess some of my business and training goals.
If you’ve been here before, you’ll see that my website has been updated! I am proudly offering a lot more of my puppy and beginner obedience classes at the Vermont Dog Club in Essex Jct. The Vermont Dog Club is a great venue which offers a variety of trainers and classes.
In addition to teaching basic obedience and advanced obedience classes at the Vermont Dog Club, I’m also the newest addition to the Day Training Program. Day Training is an excellent alternative to daycare for dogs who may be overwhelmed by large groups of dogs. The Day Training Program limits it’s size to 10 dogs a day. That’s one trainer for every two dogs – talk about one-on-one attention!
Additionally, I’ve modified my services for behavioral training needs. As the Burlington area’s only Associate Certified Behavior Consultant the majority of the phone calls I get as a trainer are for behavior problems that owners are facing day to day. In order to meet the individual needs of each of those clients, I have begun limit the number of cases that I take on so I can provide the most comprehensive of services. You will see that I have updated my page on Behavior Consulting to help guide new clients through the process a bit.
I’ve also hooked up with Mary Tracy of Unleash Canine Adventures and Tara Martin of Vermont Canine Adventures to bring you the Burlington area’s first Reactive Dog Class based off of the science-based clicker training curriculum of Emma Parsons (I had the chance to meet Emma recently- she’s just the best!). I’m currently teaching my fifth round of classes and the feedback has been great so far!
In all of my free time (ha, ha), I’ve also been going out with the ASPCA’s Field Investigation and Response Team on deployments. I completed my first deployment last April, and most recently I helped transport some dogs across the Midwest during Hurricane Harvey to free up staffing for them to send folks down to Texas. It was awesome to be able to help in crisis mode, and I’m proud to have been able to go out with such an amazing organization. I also visited the Great Danes in New Hampshire in July, and spent a few days with the HSUS Animal Rescue Team!
Next month, I’m off to the Pet Professional Guild Summit in Orlando, Florida. This week long conference is an exciting opportunity to attend seminars from some of my favorite Force-Free dog trainers, such as Emily Larlham!!! Continuing education for me is so crucial, and I’m excited for the opportunity to get out there and network with some awesome folks.
All in all, it’s been hectic around here lately, but well worth it in the end. The field of dog care and dog behavior is near and dear to my heart. Helping people understand their dogs is just one of my ultimate goals. But be on the look out for larger projects coming up, such as shelter, daycare and facility consulting for staff, operations and daily care, presentations on working around dogs for service-based work places, and workshops and seminars for the local community. Thank you to all of those who have made this career a possibility for me!!!