Our students are the future of dog training and the heart of our school.
That’s why we regularly take a moment to recognize one of our top aspiring trainers here.
Our Featured Student this month is Jane Kelleher of Littleton, Colorado. At the time of this posting, Jane is currently in Phase H, and she is doing an impressive job with her studies!
A Word from Jane
My Favorite Recent Study Topics:
My favorite study topics have been 1) Understanding Behavior, Body Language, and Vocalizations, 2) Problem Solving, and 3) How Dogs Think and Learn.
My Favorite Recent Hands-On Activity:
Hands-down, training Biscuit was my favorite hands-on activity, mostly because it impacted our relationship in a special way. I took Biscuit into my home “temporarily” as a favor to a friend. I was eager to help, but I didn’t want to be heartbroken when it was time to return him to his owner, so I fought becoming emotionally bonded with him. But, training Biscuit took our relationship to a whole new level making us irresistibly connected. The other good news is, I get to keep him.
How My Studies Have Changed the Way I See Dogs:
Of all the studies, the study of “Understanding Behavior, Body Language and Vocalizations” by far affected the way I see my dog and other dogs. Just observing and understanding how they communicate has made me a better dog owner and handler of other dogs, and has helped me on many occasions avoid bad situations between dogs or dogs and humans. Most profound for me was when I realized through the observation exercises how much dog owners have “muzzled” their dogs’ language due to their lack of understanding and knowledge of dog behavior. It caused me to assess how I, too, might be doing the same with my dog. Always learning, always improving.
What I’m Most Excited About:
I love that I have been able to go through this journey at my own pace, absorbing as much as I can to make me a better dog owner and trainer. It’s been great to have Kelly as my Program Director, not only because she holds me accountable and keeps me motivated, but I also appreciate her feedback and insights, especially when discussing real life behavior issues I experience with dogs I frequently board. She has been an invaluable part of my learning experience.
Way to go, Jane, keep up the great work!