first AKC German Shepherd Dog, Chance, was the
reason I began training dogs. As I look back,
I realize that I probably always wanted to train
dogs, it just took one German Shepherd to help
me realize the importance of having a dog trained
to obey simple commands. As soon as I got Chance,
I registered for a puppy pre-school class and
I was hooked. I couldn't wait each week until
we got to go to class.
Later, as I began to learn more about dog training
and all that one could accomplish with a well
trained dog, I made the decision to try to achieve
an AKC Companion Dog title with Chance. I also
learned that a deep bond could form with a dog
as you were working with them to attain a specific
At that point, in my career, I began to train
with Dee Zurburg, the owner of Class Act for Dogs.
Soon, she asked me to work as an assistant to
her and learn to train dogs and teach classes.
I wasn't too sure about that, but decided to give
it a shot. Since that time in the early 90's,
I have worked with Class Act for Dogs as an Associate
Instructor, teaching both group and private classes.
I love the Basic classes and working with the
owners who are getting to know their dogs in a
really new and special way. It is always very
satisfying to realize how much the new "dog
teams" can accomplish in a short obedience