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.
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!