Hi I'm Robin,
K9 Academics informally began in the summer of 1988 when I was asked to help numerous friends and several strangers train their dogs.
Training has always been my passion, gaining experience in several disciplines as well as training different species, not just dogs. As a teen, long ago, I began teaching our family dogs tricks, as well as basic obedience, and then quickly gained a job exercising teams of sled dogs during the summer in Alaska. With my personal dogs I've participated in competition obedience and tracking events which open doors to more advanced performance sports, including protection work and scent detection work.
My training style is patient, looking at the whole dog - owner combination, then customizing a training plan to fit their individual needs. Over the years I've developed a variety of methods to train and create a partnership with my dogs, and I am happy to relay my skills to you and your dog, in order to help you achieve success.
As part of K9 Academics I've helped pet owners correct behavioral issues as well as providing instruction in activities that owners and pets alike can enjoy, such as pulling carts or skijoring. Though a good portion of my training years has been devoted to training service and working dogs.
In 2002 I took a break from formally offering lessons in order to participate as a K9 handler of a certified Wilderness Search Dog for Search and Rescue. My dog, Toss and I searched vast areas of mountainous terrain and urban areas for lost, missing, and deceased persons in Colorado and surrounding states. Search and Rescue was a wonderful experience, expanding my education on a variety of subjects, such as k9 health, travel, camping and hiking, and weather. During our years in Search and Rescue Toss and I had five Finds as well as multiple assist to Finds using Toss ability to scent his subjects from longs distances. Unfortunately, as years tend to do, the years past and we both became older and stiffer until the sad day came when Toss was fielded to Heaven, December of 2015 leaving me without a dog for the first time in my life.
Looking for direction, I decided to reestablish K9 Academics and use my knowledge to help others improve, as well as enhance, their relationship with their own dog via my style of training.
In the 40 plus years that I have been training dogs my understanding of dog behavior spans a variety of breeds, training methods, as well as K9 skills levels. My training is always patient using whichever training style best help a dog and its owner achieve their goals.
I welcome the opportunity to speak with you and set up a training plan to meet your specific dog training needs.
ABOUT THE TRAINER
Toss, Wilderness Airscent, scent-specific search dog. Certified through Search and Rescue Dogs of Colorado and fielded through Larimer County Search and Rescue. Toss was also trained in tracking and Human Remains Detection, as well as urban disaster search, avalanche, and water searching.
June 2002 to Dec 2015
Five Finds with several assist to Finds
1980's Schutzhund training with Eli
Bann at herding practice
Brav and Coffy, Best dogs ever
... and 3 of my kids... they are pretty good too.