Hi guys! So you've reached my first blog post where I'm going to talk a little about me. Also, how I got into training, my training methods, what kind of training I provide and why my programs are the way they are.
So a tiny bit about myself first. My name is Britney I will be Twenty-Two this year. I have been training for almost four years now and this year will make the second year of Koba's Four Paws Institute being open. I've always had a passion for animals, always owned multiple different species from livestock to small animals. I currently have Four dogs and Three rats. In 2014 I got Koba, a crazy full of himself malamute, who ended up becoming my service do. With a little help of an awesome trainer and some amazing friends I successfully owner trained my own service dog. I was always able to teach the minor basics such as sit, down, stay, But never anything else. As Koba's training continued I figured out what I wanted to do. I began looking for places hiring for an apprentice dog trainer and I found one! I worked there for almost a year then decided that I loved it so much I wanted to start my own training business. Now the hard part started, coming up with a name. So I sat and thought "what in the world should I name this business" I finally decided it needed something with Koba's name in it as he is the sole reason I started training. I finally came up with Koba's Four Paws Institute with the help of a past friend. It took over a year for me to finally figure out what I was going to do about my logo till my lovely photographer who was visiting go the perfect photo of Koba, making him the face AND namesake of my business.
I started off as a complete Positive Reinforcement trainer. I'm now what you would call a more balanced trainer. I wanted to expand my knowledge on tools and what different types of training there are. I 100% always start with positive reinforcement no matter what; Treats, Praise and Making everything as positive and rewarding as possible. Now where it gets into me not being completely classified as a positive reinforcement trainer is because I will if I think it's needed recommend two tools that I personally use on my own dogs, I don't ever push these on clients if they decide they aren't interested I'm completely okay with it and we try a different route. Those two tools are a Prong Collar and an E-Collar which a lot of people know as a "shock collar". Both tools are absolutely amazing if used properly they don't cause any harm to the dog whatsoever. With E-Collars both of mine are conditioned with just the vibration no shock needed. But they are a last resort if nothing else is helping and the owner is getting frustrated. In my training I use A LOT of treats, Praise, Luring for commands, and Toy rewards.
When looking for a trainer or anyone who deals with pets you may wonder what services they provide and want to know a bit more about them than whats on their website. Well here is your chance! I provide a variety of "basic" and "advanced" Training for dogs I'm hoping to eventually get into some sports and other things but for now I provide that as well as I am officially a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator (CGC)
Which means I provide a class for it as well as just the CGC testing if your pup is ready for it! Another part of training I provide is Service Dog training for the disabled, My service dog program is a two year program that covers everything and anything you need to know regarding service dogs, your rights, and getting your dog completely trained to best fit your medical needs. I work with Children and Adults in need of service dogs. I also offer drop in pet sitting and 30 minute dog walks.
So this is all about my obedience programs which for the most part are fairly customizable. You may be wondering now "How do her programs work?". Dogs are like children in a way where they each learn differently and at a different pace. I had them where it was 8 sessions and your pup was supposed to learn a set amount of commands in 8 sessions, that didn't succeed. This is the most important reason I changed my packages to programs, because my goal is for you and your dog to succeed as a team. I no longer require a set amount of sessions for my programs as I've learned not all dogs will learn the same. I have changed my programs multiple times and done so many different ways and so far the current way has worked the best for my clients and their pups. It's become so much easier for me to have more time with the pups and make sure they succeed in what I'm training with them.
Now we are going to talk a bit about my Service Dog program, It is a TWO year Program you are signing up for and being committed to. In this program I cover ALL obedience from my Koba's Scouts program, All task training, Public access training, Preparing for CGC test and giving the test, Providing the very first starter vest when the pup is ready to start public access and having access to work alongside other service dog teams. This program is my most in-depth program I offer, Sessions are a minimum of two hours long. They can be weekly or bi-weekly and even multiple times a week. You will be able to contact me at anytime for help if you need some extra help with your pup during the period that I'm not working with them for the rest of the week. I'm always here to help even my obedience clients, I'm just a text or call away.
I will be starting to do weekly blog posts possibly more! If you guys have any ideas or topics you'd like covered in a blog feel free to comment, Email, Or text me your ideas!
- Britney Lippke