Pups are SEVEN weeks old today!! And they have their first interested potential adopter. AND she’d only be able to take ’em home after July 4th, which is PERFECT because they’ll be ten weeks old! YAY!!
And it looks like I might end up staying in NYC afterall, and pursuing my dog training career here. We have so many dogs in need, and so many less than ideal trainers, I feel like it’s the least I could do. I’m seriously considering opening up a large training facility (large enough to hold agility/nosework/etc. classes) and rig up a rescue at the same location. I figure if I can get a nice enough facility I can even hold seminars and etc. here, which I feel are really lacking in my area and really bring clicker training to the masses of NYC!
I’ve been less than thrilled with a local rescue and I think I can make a huge positive impact on my neighborhood and really help a lot of dogs. I’m excited, can you tell? I’m envisioning indoor/outdoor runs either on the roof or in a backyard. I understand it may be difficult to find my ideal location, but I really hope it’s possible. And I’d love to do kids and puppies programs, and have a volunteer program. And maybe even have a pilot program to train some shelter dogs as service dogs.
So I made a fledgling facebook account for my business while my friend’s working on my real website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Poodles-to-Pit-Bulls-Clicker-Training/235749629775428
Come say hi and check us out!
I’m currently giving free intro to clicker training classes at a local park and today was our first one. It went swimmingly, if I may say so. We had FIVE people! And a child, so five and a half? Let’s make it six, she participated in the exercises. Tomorrow is part 2. I’ve broken it up so that part 1 sessions on Saturdays are people only so I can teach basics and handler skills without boring dogs, and part 2 sessions are on Sundays where they’ll bring their pups, show off homework and focus on working with their dogs. Charlie was our demo dog today and he did really well – worked for everyone!
So that’s what I’ve been up to, in addition to all my KPA stuff. My head is just swimming!!