Starting at a young age I developed a strong interest and love for animals. As a child I grew up with cats, which then turned into a passion with horses. I began horseback riding in elementary school and had the privilege of owning, caring for and competing in shows with my horses. As I got older my interest in animals only grew stronger and started to expand. In 2008, after the loss of my mother, I turned my concentration to dogs, more specially rescue dogs. My husband and I decided to adopt our first dog, Riley. As cliché as it sounds, during that time in my life my rescue dog turned out to rescue me and helped me turn my grief into a positive and rewarding experience. When we adopted Riley, I knew right away that I wanted to raise not only a happy and healthy dog, but a well-trained one too. I immediately began to research intensely all aspects of dog training. I read any and every book that related to the subject. The more I read, the more I wanted to learn and the more tricks I taught Riley, the more I wanted to challenge not only my abilities but Riley’s as well.
Riley as my only dog was short lived. I quickly fell in love with many facets of owning a dog. So once again we decided to adopt our second dog, Reme. Then soon after that, I once again found myself adding another dog to the pack, Raja. Last but not least, we adopted Robin, with a final total of four wonderful dogs! After hard work and dedication on both my part and the dogs, they all have their Canine Good Citizen. After they were all rewarded CGC, then came an interest in having my dogs become therapy dogs. I can proudly say that all four of my dogs are nationally recognized as therapy dogs through TDI.
In addition to our pack, Mark and I have fostered 13 dogs over the past four years, including the amazing experience of having puppies born at our house! In addition to training and fostering, we also compete in Dock Dogs, which is a national organization for dogs of all breeds that can compete in three separate divisions: Big Air (the long jump), Speed Retrieve (speed retrieval), and Extreme Vertical (high jump). Reme and Raja compete on a regular basis. Raja's personal best jump is nineteen feet and she was number one in the country in points for Pit Bulls in 2011. My husband and I are active members of Tidewater Dock Dogs and I have been serving as club president since October 2012. I also serve as the trainer at Shipp's Corner DockDogs Sanctioned Training Facility.
In August of 2011 I finally made it official and earned my certification in dog training. I am certified through the American Professional Dog Trainers Association (APDT). Through their continuing education program I am able to keep current with the latest news and methods in dog training and behavior. Like APDT, I use positive reinforcement methods in my training. I believe that you do not have to use pain and fear in order to train a dog. I want my dogs to WANT to work for me, not work for me because they fear the repercussions.
Over the years of working with shelter dogs and private clients, I have come across many different and unique behavior problems. I have experienced and helped issues ranging from dog aggression to basic obedience to severe separation anxiety, and everything in between. I have a true passion for what I do and ultimately, I do it for the dogs.
Roger That K9 Training, LLC is licensed, bonded, and insured. It is owned and operated by certified head trainer, Ashley Tucker, CPDT-KA.