How Poochability Came to Be
On October 26, 2004 my life changed forever. Sadly my husband passed away in his sleep at age 60, I was only 51. I had to reinvent myself and quickly. Luckily the Guardian Angels were watching over me and two amazing situations came before me. In my dog-training club, Valley Hills Obedience Club, George Geiswein, the go to guy for dog training equipment, wanted to retire. We had formed a friendship for a few years, so he encouraged me to take over his G & C Dog Training Equipment business. He showed me how to make leashes, what products and materials I needed and little by little I was getting a grasp of what this business would entail. However sadly George soon passed away himself and so I was left to figure it all out on my own. I never knew how strong I really was until then. Around this same time another good friend in the club decided to retire as well, Ira Greenberg, the Beginning Obedience Training Class instructor, as well as many, many other club hats over the years. He too suggested I take over his class and with the Boards approval in 2005 I began teaching on Tuesday nights. For years I had taught horseback riding, trained horses from foal to old nag, so would just have to re-write some of the details involved in dog obedience training. I asked Walt Hanlon, another dog trainer, to come and help me get started and the two of us were a great team for a few years before he stepped down and I took over completely.
As my personal business was getting started I needed a name. I was talking to a friend of mine saying there was so many possibilities in this business. He quickly jumped on the name, “oh so many Poochabilities of this business”, a play on the words pooch and poss. That is how I decided to call my new business Poochability and off I went.
Also in 2005 the new AKC sport of Rally was becoming more popular so I enlisted a fellow club member and good friend, Sarah Sykes, to teach Rally with me for VHOC. To this day it still is a very popular class and trials are filled with exhibitors. It is a great way to get a foot in the door of obedience training and entering trials.
Today my business is booming, have over 50 students in my classes, some for a long, long time and appreciate their loyalty and friendship. I have added many more products to my line of equipment being made and sold. Have hired workers to make some of these products or its parts and try to set up vendor booths at shows when I can. But just like George, I too still sell out of my car most of the time. I have come a long way, getting business licenses, Tax id#, calculating taxes owed, researching where to get different products etc. Who knew I could do all this. Well I guess my Guardian Angels did… Thank you everyone who has made my new life happy and prosperous, could not have done it without all of you.
Wednesdays at Camino Real Park in Ventura off Mills Rd & Dean St.
12:00 to 1:00 or 2:00 to 3:00
Competition Obedience Class (Novice, Open and Utility
Rally Class (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Excellent and Masters)
The first ½ hour the group class begins with how to get your dog to watch you while heeling and the proper footwork for right, left, about turns, halts, fast & slow pace. I cover all the obedience exercises of figure 8's, stand for examination and recalls both straight and the drop through the crowd of dogs and people. I teach hand signals for stand, down, sit and start to add distractions to your dog while maintaining attention. We work on straight fronts, left and right finishes, catch up heeling and work on the group sits and downs exercise.
The second ½ hour a ring is set up for the novice, open and utility obedience exercises and we start to proof the dog with major distractions, talking to dog, toys, treats on the ground etc. Dumbbell work, gloves, utility articles, go outs and directed jumping in taught, breaking down each task step by step. Really fine-tune the exercises for all levels to achieve a better performance in the trial setting.
There is a rally course set up that is nested for all three levels where you learn the novice, intermediate, advanced, excellent and master rally signs, plus the regulations and point deductions are reviewed for optimum performance. Tips are given on how to get a better performance from you and your dog.
3:00 to 4:00 Basic Obedience Class
For those who either just want a well-behaved dog and don't want to compete with a new puppy/older dog or need the basic exercises to start your competition career, I will show you how to get them to walk nicely on a leash, meet people and other dogs in a mannerly fashion, sits, downs, stand, stay, come, take it and leave it. I also incorporate various exercises to have fun with your dog like an agility tunnel, weave poles, jumps, intro to rally, nose work search and tricks of all kinds.
Each class is $95.00 for 6-weeks, 1 hour or if you enter two classes or have two dogs the price is reduced to $170.00. There is a $20.00 drop in rate for any of the classes. I do allow for 2 missed classes in each 6-week series.
Valley Hills Obedience Club
VHOC lost our training site after 14 years, so we are in the process of finding a new location. We have a temporary locations but check with me first to make sure they are still viable.
VHOC offers a number of classes for pet owners looking to master simple K9 manners and dog enthusiasts looking to earn High in Trial!
Check out their website at: http://www.vhoc.org/ClassInfo.htm
Beginning Obedience & Manners Class
Instructed by club member Laurie Burnam, this ongoing six-week class is designed for pet owners looking for instruction in basic obedience. The class covers basic behaviors such as walking nicely on a leash, sit, down, stay, come, leave it and also offers a taste of typical competitive obedience exercises, learn agility using a tunnel, weave poles and jumps, nose work search exercises, rally competition signs on a course, plus tricks for students looking to further their training experience. Class meets from 6:30-7:30 pm on Thursdays, location tbd. Until a permanent location is found, the cost is $20. per class. For more information, please contact Laurie Burnam at (818) 882-0443 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competitive Obedience Class
This ongoing class, has been combined with the Rally Class and is designed for dog and handler teams who want to work towards their CD/CDX/UD titles. The first half of class is a group setting, focusing on attention heeling, fine tuning footwork and handling skills, figure 8's, stand/moving stand for exam, recalls, straight and drop, fronts/finishes, distractions, plus sits & downs. Second half of class students will work on Open and Utility exercises and complete run throughs. All dogs should have a good, solid foundation, possibly obtained by the Beginning Obedience and Manners Class or similar. No make up classes are allowed within your 6-week series.
Class currently meets from 7:00 to 8:00p.m. on Tuesdays, location tbd, cost for a six week series was $100. VHOC members, $125. non-members, however until a permanent location is found, we will use the Drop-ins at $20. for VHOC members, and $25. for non-members, with instructor's approval. For more information please contact: Laurie Burnam at 818-882-0443 or email@example.com.
This ongoing class, has been combined with the Competitive Obedience Class and is designed to familiarize students with the various exercises performed throughout the AKC AND ASCA Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Excellent and Masters level Rally Obedience. The course is nested with all four levels, instruction is given how to execute each sign for the level you want to learn. Classes will meet from 6:30-7:30p.m. on Tuesdays, location tbd, cost for a six week series was $100. VHOC members, $125. for non-members, however until a permanent location is found, we will use the Drop-ins at $20. for VHOC members, and $25. for non-members, with instructor's approval. No make up classes are allowed within your 6-week attendance. For more information, please contact Laurie at (818) 882-0443 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
** BRAND NEW CLASS **
PIERCE COLLEGE EXTENSION PROGRAM
6201 WINNETKA AVENUE, WOODLAND HILLS, CA 91371 (818) 719-6425
DOG KNOWLEDGE, CARE & OBEDIENCE TRAINING
In this 6-week class, you and your dog will work on basic obedience commands such as “sit, lie down, stay, stand, come, leave it, to heel nicely on a leash and meet other dogs and people in a mannerly fashion”. In addition, you will learn different dog sports activities like, “agility with jumps, tunnels and weave poles, competition obedience/rally exercises, nose work searching and even many types of dog tricks. With some practice, you will gain more confidence working with your dog, and you may even be amazed how much fun you can have together. Starting in September there will be a Beginning Agility class offered at the second class timeline. More info to follow.
6 Mondays Two Separate Classes 6:00 to 7:25 7:35 to 9:00
CONTACT PIERCE COLLEGE DIRECTLY FOR ENROLLMENT
This course will help people achieve a better bond with their dog, to show them how to get a mannerly but still happy dog that can be taken in public places with ease.