Does this count as having your ducks in a row? 3 dogs in a Down stay!
Hey there everyone! I'm Rini and I have been with Southern Pines Pet Lodge from the start in 2015! I moved down from WI and stepped right into the management position that October and haven't looked back. I have been Professionally involved with pets since 2010, and got my start by working at a pet store helping owners find the best products for their pet though I was working with animals, non professionally, well before that. Starting in Elementary School, I worked with and took care of horses, as well as her personal pets at home (2 cats and a dog). I loved working with horses all through my school years riding and training, as well as teaching my personal dogs new tricks and basic obedience. In my spare time, she dog sat for my neighbors and offered dog training for my friends and family.
In 2013 I was hired at Petco as a bather. It was there that I truly found how natural training dogs was to me. Sounds weird right? But dogs who are being groomed need training to behave on the tables. One of my favorite clients was a smaller male Pit who tried everything to eat me the first time he ever came in for a bath. After 5 sessions of just slowly working with him (Once a month) he could finally be trusted for a full nail trim & blow dry after his bath with nothing holding him back other than the normal grooming loop! There were also a few other slightly aggressive dogs that came in and we worked with and helped them see that grooming was nothing to fear. Eventually, by working hard, I was training to become a groomer and worked there for just about a year.
In early 2015, I applied to a Facility about 30 minutes from my home. They were looking for a Kennel Attendant but I was willing to do Janitorial work at that point for them, as I had left Petco and hadn't found a steady job yet. I was quickly hired for my eagerness and the fact that I was willing to work in even the dirtiest parts of the job. The Dog Boarding and Daycare center didn't pay quite as well as previous jobs, but leaned more toward my end goal in my career. To keep work interesting a lot of training was implemented into my daily routine as I worked with the daycare dogs on basic commands such as Sit, Down, and Stay as well as making sure they waited at doors and gates for safety! I also started grooming and bathing for the company, however after many broken promises of more hours and better pay, I had begun thinking about better and newer options.
Momiji, Rini's first personal Demo Dog, who sadly passed away from a quick onset illness at 4yrs old.
3 pups in a Sit Stay! Two personal Demo dogs and a Board and Train Client!
In late 2015 I was contacted by the owner of Dogwood Pet Lodge in MD, after a joking Facebook conversation about the owners new property in SC, and offered a position as the Facility Manager at her new location. After some major discussion and planning, I took life by the horns and moved 900 miles from Illinois/Wisconsin down to South Carolina to begin the new, terrifying, chapter in my life. As of September 2018 my experience has grown to a combined 5 years professional dog daycare, boarding & grooming experience, along with 2 years of professional obedience training and behavioral experience and I have serious plans to continue growing. I have worked with over a thousand dogs in both a Boarding and Daycare setting, as well as 100 - 150 dogs in a Training environment, helping dogs and owners have the best bond they can. My main focus is Obedience training, both on and off leash, as well as Canine Rehabilitation for Rescue Dogs. My goal is - currently working towards my CCPDT Certificate (Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers) as well as a PACCC Certificate. (Professional Animal Care Certification Council). More goals include being AKC Certified for Dog Training, and Rehabilitation, as well as to have all of my training dogs go through the AKC Canine Good Citizen test and pass with flying colors!
Dogs: Each and every one of them is different. I have learned to listen to what the DOG needs. Do they need happy hyper fun training and a treat reward or a slightly lower energy method where their reward is the hyper fun time? Do they think they are top dog and a bully or are they scared and just need a leader? I help owners figure that out, and then I give them to tools and resources needed to help them help their pup. I use a Balanced approach, which means I use which ever tools fit the dogs needs as well as a balance between reprimand and reward. Tools include E-Collars (Electronic Collar), Prong Collars, Flat Collars, Martingale Collars, Treats, Food, Mats, Toys, Blankets and anything else that will help the pet understand what we are asking is fair game!