It’s a long road…

I take Wyatt with me almost everywhere I go…  He’s well-socialized and enjoys outings.  When he was 6 months old he had his first real celebrity outing, we went to an event at the Verona Library and he had more than 250 children in line to meet him!  Some of them even had their “Carl” books and stuffed animals in hand…  It was so sweet, and I could not have been more proud of him. He loves kids. He laid there for three hours, letting kids talk to him, pet him, hug him (totally NOT recommended for all dogs, by the way!), and really get to know him. He made his Momma proud…

Wyatt, 5 years ago today!

So, when Wyatt comes with me, it’s no surprise that people want to talk to me. He’s a 130 pound Rottweiler in a coffee shop, kind of a conversation starter!  Since he goes into nursing homes, helps children with their reading programs at schools, attends aggression case private lessons with me (and is a TV and video superstar!), you will often see him out with me, “working”.  People ask if they can pet him, and he is more than happy to oblige.  People ask questions about his name, why he’s in the store with me, etc.  I have even had situations where people are petting him, ask me what breed he is, (I say Rottweiler) and then actually STOP petting him when they find out he’s a Rottie.  Really?  Nothing about this dog changed while you were petting him except for your interpretation of what kind of dog he is!  Okay, that’s a soap box for another day…

What I wanted to talk about his how people are amazed at how well-behaved he is. I’ll hear comments like “Wow, my dog could never do that”, or “I can’t believe he’s so good in public”, or “my dog would be freaking out right now”…  While I appreciate all of the nice comments they make on how well-behaved Wyatt is, I also quickly remind them that he has been TRAINED EVERY SINGLE DAY OF HIS LIFE. Yes, it is *expected* that he is well mannered. It is *expected* that he doesn’t jump on people, or bark when a person enters a building…

He is well-behaved because I have taken the time to train him.  The great thing about dogs (like most relationships), is, you get out what you put in.

We WANT your dog to be successful and well-mannered. We WANT you to be able to take your dog out with you. YOU can make a difference in our community.  If you train your dog to be SO good when you take him out, more businesses will start allowing dogs in their shops.  More “no dogs allowed’ areas will see the benefit of extra exposure when people can bring their companions…  Long story short, if you want to have a dog that is trained like Wyatt, an ambassador for his breed and dog training in general, spend time with your dog.  Bond, train, play games. Your dog will love you for it and you’ll both have more enrichment in your lives.  I know I do!!

Wyatt with his Rock Star Attention Skills!

So, want to join us in creating an AWESOME dog!?

Classes starting **this week** are:

  • Puppy – Tonight!
  • Teenager – Tonight!
  • Beginner – Tomorrow
  • Therapy Dog Prep – Tomorrow

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We hope to see you in class, it’s a long road to training, but taking the first step is what will get you there!!

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About Dog Face

Giene Keyes, CPDT – KA Owner & Founder of Dog Face, LLC Giene started working with dog behavior in 1990 when she adopted a 4-year old Greyhound from the racing track. To date he is the most severe separation anxiety case that she has seen. He taught Giene about the psyche and learning process of dogs. It wasn’t until Giene was training her little pot-bellied Labrador puppy in 1995 that she really became interested in the actual training process of canines. Starting her small training business in 1997 she developed her own methods and ideas of positive reinforcement. She took what she had learned from her Greyhound, as well as positive methods she used to train horses, to create what is now the base of our training methods in the classes we teach today. Giene is a professional dog trainer and behavior specialist in Southern Wisconsin. After winning Best of Madison for two years in a row, Giene sold her Madison Dog Daycare to devote her time to dog behavior and helping owners create harmony with their pets in their homes. Specializing in aggression and difficult dog cases, Giene also works with rescue groups and shelters, evaluating dogs for adoption, developing Canine Aggression Management programs, and educating staff on dog language and behaviors. She has provided behavior consultations for service dog organizations, rescue groups and dog daycares throughout the Midwest. She is often contacted by police departments to work with individuals that have dangerous dogs. As a mother of 3 young children, Giene also realizes the importance of family dog training. She incorporates realistic training methods and helps to incorporate dogs into the family. She is an Instructor with the American Red Cross in Pet CPR and First Aid, a Certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator with the American Kennel Club, and a Licensed Judge with the WI Dept of Ag, Trade & Consumer Protection. Giene routinely presents seminars on Dog Behavior, Training, and Operant Conditioning as well as educating her staff on dog body language and pack mentality. Giene is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer. Giene has been a regular guest on popular Madison radio shows and interviewed on numerous evening newscasts. Giene has also been featured in a number of local magazines, including the cover for Wisconsin Woman in 2010. Giene has also been highlighted in the Wisconsin State Journal for her work with Chicken Clicker Training, improving dog training skills along with timing and observation, and recently interviewed for a Nationwide Podcast. She enjoys holding training workshops across the state. If you would like to learn more about Giene, Dog Face and the services they offer, please go to the Dog Face web site at www.DogFacePet.com. Please feel free to contact Giene of any member of the Dog Face Behavior Team anytime!
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