It takes a lot of hard work to reach your training goals and to excell in dog sports. At Finish Forward Dogs, we provide the resources to do so!
Here are some of our dedicated teams and their stories of accomplishment. Bravo!
Jon Bell and Royce
Jon and Royce enrolled in Canine Weight Pull classes at FFD in early 2010. After months of hard work, they entered their first competitive weight pull and came home with a 2nd place ribbon for Most Weight Pulled, maxing out at a hefty 2100 lbs.
Kathy Velek and Buddy
After realizing how much the sport of rally enhanced her relationship with Bernie, it was Buddy's turn! Kathy and Buddy quickly found their place on the podium, earning their RL1X, RL2X and ARCH Championships in December of 2009 under Judges Annette MacNair and Charlene Swainamer.
Kathy Velek and Bernie
Kathy and Bernie began their rally career, training with Shannan in the summer of 2008 when Bernie was just 6 months old. Kathy was bit by the APDT rally bug, and within a few short months she and Bernie had earned their RLP (APDT Rally Puppy Title) and a place in the National Rankings. Since then Bernie has completed his RL1X2, RL2X2, RL3 titles as well as combined champion titles ARCH (APDT Rally Champion) and ARCHX. They are working towards ARCH-EX title with a little friendly sibling rivalry going on between Bernie and his brother Buddy to see who will reach this goal first!!! Kathy has enjoyed the sport of APDT rally so much that she has become an official representative for the sport and is actively involved in running and promoting trials in the New England area.
Danielle Cyr and her pit bull, Ryder.
Danielle Cyr & her APBT, Ryder CGC, TT earned their Canine Good Citizen certificate. June 2009
Diane Anderson and Macduff
Diane and Macduff began rally with Shannan in early 2009, earning their APDT RL1 title in September of 2009 with excellent scores!
- Kathy, Bernie & Buddy
Believe in the Process!
"I loved Shannan's quiet, low-key and confident style. It was a pleasure to see her work with the dogs and to see them respond to her...I found it encouraging to see the progress in my dog as well as in others - it made me a believer in the process of training through positive reinforcement."
- Jennifer & Petunia, Companion Dog I
"The larger gate on the far side of the lawn had been left open (my fault), River scooted through (with delight in his eye and pep in his step). I instantly had flash backs of our hour long "adventure" through the neighborhood in the middle of winter... this time, I said firmly "River, NO!" he stopped. I got down low, at an angle, and said his name in a silly voice as he thought about bolting… I wanted to panic, I TOOK A DEEP BREATHE, (had no treats on me) and said to myself “here we go, lets do this” He was thinking about it a staring me down… I said “River (sweet and silly) COME”, and started to run away from him back in to the yard… gulp… “Come on River”… “Lets go”… “you can do it”… I could see him through the slats in the 6 foot fence… “GOOD BOY” “GOOD BOY” “Yes”… “you got this”… and he was trotting right to me! With a look like “didn’t I do a good job Mom?!
I was SO PROUD of him! LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS of praise! I threw his favorite ball for him (in the yard) and continued to give him some extra praise : ) Ran in to get treats and we had a little party for us both, but really for him! I know this would have had a different result if we had not taken your Re-Call class - thank you!"
- Abra & River-dog, Graduates of the FFD Recall (Come When Called) Class
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