I am now working with people and their dogs at Dogs Own Grooming in Loveland CO. I usually teach classes on Saturdays and Sunday through out the year and during the winter months and I also add Monday nights and Tuesday nights for Spring through Fall .
Yes I am a Breeder of Merit in Norwegian Elkhounds and Bearded Collies but I have been in dog shows for over 40 years , and have over 25 champions plus more that other people have finished the dogs that I raised. So I teach all the way from basic Conformation to all kinds of tips from seminars with George Alston, Corky Vroom, Eric Salas and others plus reading conformation books. and of course "life's lessons " and observations at shows, matches and yes even on TV where a person can play and replay watching professional handlers . My students have been quite successful and write to me all the time about their experiences .
I cover leash control and purpose, the patterns , the hard stack , the free stack, teaching the energy level between dog and handler, the balance of energy and focus. In Conformation 2 , we practice all of the above but we go into all the problems that might come up in showing a dog, The students share their experiences and how they solved certain problems. Then we critique each other and film what we are doing and seeing and praise and correct what we see . This goes way beyond drop in but I encourage my students to go to drop in classes so they can practice.
I also do Puppy Manners classes that also include AKC's puppy star information . Then dogs go on into Beyond puppy class also. I am also a CGC ( Canine Good Citizen evaluator ) so I offer a class to cover the test items and impulse control and even offer a Tricks 4 week class which of course are titles for your dog and can test you all the way up to the highest level . I have a separate class for Impulse control dogs , I will be adding a Problem Control class coming up in Sept or Oct. 2019 working on certain problems. In many of my behavioral classes , you get training with tug toy /play importance as well as clicker training, loose leash walking and the regular manners of sit , down , stay , wait , come , place , crate work and much more. All my students get plenty of hand outs and schedules that really work for the client.
And I have been formally teaching these classes for the last 9 years. By teaching middle school , through high school kids, and dealing with colleagues I love helping people know that they are worthwhile and can be productive in their lives. As for the partnership with their dogs , I want more than anything that the dogs and people work together to make the best possible situations and home life for all.