Buckley is a australian shepherd lab mix and was adopted at 4 months old from a shelter in Elko, Nevada. I waited a long time to get another dog and it wasn’t until I had the time and living space that I started my search. It was love at first sight! Buckley, with all his little quirks, inspired me to become a professional trainer. Together we have dealt with inappropriate barking, fence fighting, chasing cats and shyness around children. We have been through all the ups and downs of raising a young dog making all the typical mistakes.
With patience, perseverance and education, Buckley has worked his way to near perfection.
I am proud to say that Buckley has a Canine Good Citizen certificate. We have competed and received a certificate of title in canine nose work level 1 and competed in canine nose work level 2. Currently we are learning our way around an agility course and Buckley is a very enthusiastic advanced level student. We hope to compete one day but the most important thing is that he enjoys it.
After moving through several shelters Alfie at 5 years old came to me as a temporary foster. He had a little problem with trusting people and like many Dachshunds would not hesitate to let you know with his sharpest defenses. He was also not house broken at all. After a full behavior assessment it was determined that Alfie needed a very dog savvy home. His history had reported him to be too much of a liability to adopt out to just anyone.
Despite his difficult behaviors, I felt a strong connection and decided to keep him.
Alfie was the first to provide me with an indispensable hands on education in dealing with issues around fear aggression, resource guarding and the potty training of an adult dog. He has made tremendous strides and gets better every year. With a combination of management and training I have been able to gain that relationship based on trust and good behavior.
Alfie is currently honing his skills in canine nose work and is showing great promise. He also enjoys couch surfing, snuggling and lying in front of anything warm.
I have been training and caring for Sage since she was 3 months old. Sage has always had an exceptionally balanced temperament and athletic ability. It was clear she would make a great agility dog but with life being so busy her owners did not have the time to practice the sport with her so they hired me to be her handler. We are currently working our way into more advanced classes and hope to compete one day soon!