Crack the Whip the First TKN TKI
Yorkie/Chihuahua/Maltese Born 2013
Riley was surrendered to a shelter for "not being housebroken and can't be trained". Her shelter cage said "caution! bites!". In 2014 I fostered Riley and I knew after a few days that she was whip smart and here to stay!
Riley now knows over 25 cues and is (one of) the smartest dogs I have ever met. Through counter conditioning and no forced contact, Riley has come to learn that new people aren't scary and now welcomes new people!
Riley earned Novice and Intermediate trick dog titles. Riley continues to learn new tricks and progress her trick dog titles.
Best Served Ice Cold THDN CGC TKN TKI
Siberian Husky Born 2016
Kane was seized by NYPD for being left in an apartment with his sister as a baby while the "owner" was on vacation. The owner was given a second chance, but Kane and his sister were picked up again by NYPD for running through the streets of Queens. After their legal case, they were made available for rescue. Kane came to our home with the intention of fostering him, but we decided to adopt him that night. As he aged, meeting new dogs became stressful for Kane and he prefers to engage only with our own dogs. We successfully trained Kane through dog reactivity and resource guarding by working at his pace with rewards and providing him with free-will choices.
Kane passed therapy dog testing and earned his Canine Good Citizen and Novice and Intermediate trick dog titles. Kane provides animal therapy through Creature Comfort Pet Therapy. We are working on further CGC and trick dog titles as well as his Companion Dog title.
Nobody Puts Puppy In the Corner TKN TKI
Australian Cattle Dog/Beagle Born 2016
I brought Pup home as a foster from an inner-city shelter after he was transported from the south. He was not separated from his littermates at 16 weeks of age or socialized which is very detrimental to a puppy's behavioral development. He was extremely fearful and was dubbed "Corner Puppy" for his behavior of clinging to a corner in our kitchen for weeks and the name "Puppy" stuck. Through dedicated counter-conditioning and association training, he is able to go out in public and meet new people like a "normal dog".
Pup earned his Novice and Intermediate Trick Dog titles, passed herding instinct testing, and now pursues competitive agility. We hope to trial in agility when he is ready.
Kelpie/Miniature Pinscher Born 2017
Bo was fostered here for about 8 months. He was close to feral when he entered foster care. We listed him and his best friend, Chance, as a bonded pair as they would have loved to live their lives together for eternity. Chance did also show signs of looking for Bo when separated. However, after months of no luck on the adoption front and after seeing Chance not rely on Bo any longer, we decided they would have a better chance getting adopted separately especially because Bo's fear of new people remained severe compared to Chance.
Over the months he was fostered, Bo helped test guest dogs to see if they would like dog companionship during their stay and ease fearful dogs into our environment. Bo had been such a helper, I couldn't imagine my workday without him. Once adopted, as I began to teach Bo skills and tricks, he learned that training involved his behavior could make treats happen and it was like a lightbulb went off in his head! Bo quickly grew from a dog that knew zero cues to knowing much more than just the basics.
Bo has made huge strides with meeting new people and earned his Novice and Intermediate tricks dog titles. We continue Bo's socialization around people so that he may one day easily enjoy meeting new human friends. Bo likes humans once he trusts them and is a top-notch cuddler.
Once In a High Speed Lifetime CGC TKN
(certified therapy dog, search and rescue dog in training)
Belgian Malinois Born 2018
Our most recent adoption started with a Facebook post pleading for a foster so a rescue could pull her from an urban NJ shelter where she had come in as a stray. The post included a video of her being absolutely lovely greeting a dog on leash. I wasn't looking for a fifth dog plus Kane struggles with new dogs. However, I had become interested in human search and rescue and none of my dogs would have been right for that arena nor interested. I had also developed a love for the breed after boarding 3 Malinois over the years. Being so dog friendly, heck she'd be easy to integrate with Kane slowly (an effort long put on hold). So now there are 5!
Frey requires A LOT of exercise and stimulation daily and loves playing with other dogs. She is incredibly smart, solves her own "problems" with ease (sometimes to my dismay), and is a complete sweetheart with humans. We are firm believers that no breed requires a heavier hand and a Malinois is no exception. Frey is off leash trained and we continue to perfect her choice not to chase wildlife.
Frey passed therapy dog testing and earned her Canine Good Citizen and Novice trick dog titles. Frey provides animal therapy through Creature Comfort Pet Therapy. Frey and I are in training for search and rescue with Search and Rescue Teams of Warren County (SARTWC). We are working on further CGC and trick dog titles as well as her Companion Dog title.