Sunday, September 07, 2008


I have loved dogs for as long as I can remember. Even when I was really little, I wanted to have a dog, read about dogs and pretended to be a dog. I don't really know where this came from, since none of my family (close or extended) feels the same about dogs . . . but I'm so thankful for it. Anyhow, over the past 10 years or so, I've spent time reading about canine behaviour and training, because I find it so interesting. 10 years ago my focus was much more on training, since behaviour was a very undeveloped field. But more and more research and education is taking place, and it's a much more common field.

One of my dreams, for a long time now, has been to train dogs. Not just my own, but also to teach classes. That dream is coming true for me. Starting within a month or so, I will be teaching "Intro to Rally-O" and I'm really excited about it. Hopefully I can do a good job, and get people excited about Rally-O, and maybe even traditional obedience. I want to inspire people to get out there and work with their dogs, and have their bonds get even stronger.

In preparation, I have been surfing the net, talking to friends and purchasing books. I think I might actually have too much information at this point, but I feel that information is power, so I'll just make use of what I have.

Wish me luck . . . I'm excited, nervous and about a million other emotions too.


fourcockers said...

Knowing you Kelly, You do your homework on such a subject.. I bet your a natural& your 'students' will be blessed with your sheer brillance! Enjoy it and have as much fun as you can. Wish I was there to take that class! :D

Ange said...

I know you are going to be an amazing instructor! I know that if I were there, I would want you to teach me how to train my own dog (which I'm going to ask you to do as soon as I get my next dog). I can't wait to hear/read about your adventures! Congrats!

Visichy said...

If I lived closer I'd for sure take your classes. I know you'll do awesome :)

Carlson02 said...

Ok, so I haven't checked blogs for a few days. I sure missed a lot on your blog.

First, I am glad you had a good time in Huston and that you were safe. It sounds like you did some great shopping, had great food, and wonderful company... what more could you ask for? BTW, how is your friend down south doing?

Second, Wow! I am so happy that you are able to have one of your dreams come true. I'm sure your class will be great! Congrats!!