Learn how to communicate with your dog and maximize your relationship

 

Learn how to communicate with your dog and maximize your relationship

We are happy to offer training lessons with Liz. All lessons are done in the 'Dog Cave' at our clinic and by appointment only. Please contact us for more information.

    

A Message From Liz

"I have loved animals since I could walk. My family called me Dr. Doolittle. I loved them all - but dogs were different. It's almost like I could hear their thoughts - I could put myself behind their eyes and know how they felt. When I was 12 years old my mom said I could finally have a dog of my very own. We went to the pet shop and this little gray and white poodle mix eyed me and would not be still. She made sure I kept looking at her. Gigi was my best friend until she died when I was 21. She and I went everywhere together. I played dog show with her - brushing her for hours and parading her around. I even set up agility courses in the back yard with chairs and boards. (Agility wouldn't even be thought of for years!) That dog would do anything for me and I would do anything for her. When she died, it broke my heart. I was a newlywed and my new husband, Jeff, couldn't stand the sadness so off we went to find me another friend. Her name was Kathleen and she was a 1 year old Sheltie. Kathleen introduced me to the real world of purebred dogs and dog shows. Initially I took her to obedience class because she was shy and needed socialization. I quickly became hooked and the rest is history. Since Kathleen, I have had another Sheltie (Gypsy), a Doberman Pinscher (Promise), 4 Belgian Tervurens (Torch, Wit, Sofi, and True), and 2 Border Collies (Key and Bones). Both my Shelties had obedience titles. Three of my Tervs have their breed championships, advanced obedience titles, and herding titles - my new addiction. The Border Collies are a result of my new passion - competition sheepherding. I have worked in the animal field since the early 1980's - helping people with their dogs. I started out in a boarding kennel and landed at Bear Creek Animal Clinic in 1988. In between dogs, dog training, and working at the clinic, I raised 2 children and now have 3 grandchildren. I'm proud to say they are all animal lovers! My oldest grandson, Orson, has the "Dr. Doolittle" gene. I recently obtained a puppy Border Collie, Cera, for him. We are embarking on their journey into dog training together and it's thrilling to me. For the last few years I have been teaching competition obedience also - finally taking the leap and doing it fulltime in 2013. I teach 2 classes and have multiple students I teach on an individual basis. I also continue to help the Bear Creek Animal Clinic family with their dogs. I love helping people learn how to communicate with their dogs so they can maximize the relationship. I want everyone to experience the joy I receive from my own dogs."