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Big Announcement from Dogs Rock! Vermont

Big Announcement from Dogs Rock! Vermont

A big announcement from Laurie at Dogs Rock! Vermont 🐾

Working with difficult and behaviorally challenged dogs has always been work that I have been drawn to. I have always found myself advocating for the underdog so to speak! Furthermore, working in rescue and sheltering has always been near and dear to my heart. A lot of my experience, and what makes my training so thorough, is that I have spent hundreds of hours working with dogs in and from not such great circumstances and understand the needs of both the dogs and people involved!

It has always been a career dream of mine to work for an organization in which I can use my unique skill set for the greater good- advocating for dogs who have suffered cruelty and neglect at the hands of puppy mills, animal hoarders and dog fighters. Since launching my business, I was blessed with the opportunity to start volunteering with the ASPCA on their Field Investigations and Response Team. After deploying with the ASPCA three times this year to some of their temporary shelters across the nation, I was approached by the ASPCA’s Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team to join them once a month in overseeing playgroups, addressing behavioral concerns, and to become a go-to behavioral floor lead for daily care staff at their temporary shelters.

What does this mean?

Dogs Rock! Vermont will still be up and running! I will be taking on less new clients and focusing more on working more with dogs facing aggression and specific behavior issues. Those still in programs with me, or who have been training with me, are good to go! We will continue to conduct business as usual around my new schedule.

When does this take effect?

I will be deploying (traveling) with the ASPCA approximately once a month for 7-12 days at a time. My first travel deployment is scheduled in about a month.

Can I still refer people to you?

As mentioned above, I will be working in a much more limited capacity than previously, and therefore will be focusing my work less on puppies and basic obedience, and more on dogs with behavioral needs. If you have friends or family looking for basic training services, the Vermont Dog Club in Essex Jct is a great place to start or visit Vermont Professional Dog Trainer’s Network for other area trainers that I would recommend in the area.

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Thank you all for your continued support and for choosing to follow me for your dog training, behavior consulting and relationship building needs. My new role with the ASPCA is a dream come true for me and I am honored to be a part of it! Stay tuned for further updates!

-Laurie

What Has Dogs Rock! Vermont Been Up To?

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.

Some young pups enjoy the day training program at Vermont Dog Club!

Some young pups enjoy the day training program at Vermont Dog Club!

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!

Members of the Vermont Professional Dog Trainer's Network attend Dog Aggression Seminar together.

Members of the Vermont Professional Dog Trainer’s Network attend Dog Aggression Seminar together.

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!!!