In the late 1970's I joined
the Greater Racine
Kennel Club with Beauregard, my first Boxer. Instructors
encouraged me to compete in obedience trials throughout
the midwest and I earned titles on three of my five
Boxers. My breeder, Falkenwood Kennels, began referring
clients to me for private training of their pups, adult
dogs and boarders. Since that time I have successfully
tutored hundreds of dogs and their owners--from Toy
Chihuahuas and Papillions to Great Danes, Labradoodles,
Italian Bergamascos, and Newfoundlands.
Consultant for a local organization called Animalov
during the 1980's, I would do home visit "interventions"
in order to teach owners how to handle what they viewed
as problems with their pet. My goal was to make sure
that the dog was given every chance to stay with its
family. Animalov's founder eventually started another
organization, H.O.P.E. Safehouse (Hope for Orphaned Pets
through Education), which I volunteer for on a regular
My 22 years as Office
Manager for the Lakeshores Library System allowed ample
opportunities to present a variety of programs on being
a responsible pet owner. Eyes would light up as I
entered the room with my Boxers. I gave numerous
presentations at schools, public libraries and for scout
troops around southeastern Wisconsin on the importance
of having a well-behaved, trained dog.
At Countryside Humane
Society I worked as the Adoption Counselor, was a member
of the Public Relations Committee, and volunteered in
many other capacities. I matched pre-approved adoption
applications with animals in the kennels, striving for
the best fit for all involved. I then counseled
prospective adopters to ensure that they understood
their commitment to a new pet.
Through keen observation, years of hands-on experience, and
continuing education I am able to successfully work with
owners and their canine companions to improve and
solidify the bond between them. Not only will you learn
how to teach your dog what behaviors are appropriate
but, more importantly, I'll teach you "Doglish"--the
only fair and effective way to communicate with each
Using my tried-and-true recipe of
clear communication, consistent training, and lots of
practice, patience and praise, you will nurture a
relationship that will continue to thrive throughout the
course of your dog's lifetime.
My life without dogs
would be incomplete. Those of you who share my feelings
know how intensely strong and deeply fulfilling the
human/canine bond is.
I cherish the 40+ years I've spent learning from, caring
for, and living with dogs. I have devoted my life to my
four-legged "kidz," and they have reciprocated with
devotion and love that knows no bounds.
Nothing compares to a
waggin' tail thumping against the doorway or a sloppy
kiss bestowed upon you when you return home...whether
it's after a five-minute or a five-hour absence.
My goal is to see that your canine
companion is given every opportunity to become a loving
and trusted member of your family.
Lynn 'Tracy,' Owner/Trainer