Olivia is my reason for being a dog trainer. She is a German Shepherd mix, and 100% her own dog. She is full of love and has a strong sense of adventure. Her story with our family began when we rescued her. At the time, she weighed only 55 lbs. and had absolutely no behavioral training. Within the first few weeks of having her she went through a total of 5 metal crates, our drapes, bits of carpet, and even a bedroom door. I was at a loss as to what to do. Through a series of events, we eventually got Olivia in a positive reinforcement dog training class. Within 2 months she was completely transformed. Olivia is now a happy, healthy and well-loved member of our family all thanks to positive reinforcement training.
Bailey is a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and has a wholly unique personality. He came into my life at the perfect time. I was in the middle of earning my dog trainers certification, and was in need of a pup to help me out with the “hands on” section of my training. My wife and I saw Bailey and immediately fell in love with him. He had virtually no training, just like Olivia, but made the perfect study partner for my course work. Most of my previous training helped me transform Bailey into a well-behaved dog, but he still fights with some leash reactionary problems. Although I am still working with Bailey, he has come a long way, and we are proud he is a part of our family.
The newest addition to our “Tail Waggers” is Mickey Mouse. Mickey Mouse is an 85 lb retired Greyhound. For several years I’ve volunteered at Hemopet, working with their Greyhounds who are ready for adoption.
One afternoon, as my granddaughter Makayla and I were leaving, the adoptions coordinator asked us to stay a moment and meet a new arrival. We met a playful, large Greyhound in the exercise yard, and it was love at first sight. The next step was for my wife Kim to meet Mr Mouse. She fell in love instantly. The final and biggest hurdle would be a meet and greet with our dogs Olivia and Bailey. Knowing Bailey would be the hard sell we weren’t holding our breaths but it went well and as the old saying goes “the rest is history”.