Teaching Tricks to My First Dog is What Inspired Me to Start it All!
I love animals and seeing how peoples' faces light up when they see what their pet is capable of doing!
I use reward-based, positive reinforcement methods that create lasting results by allowing the animal to figure out what is desired of them. However, training isn't just about treats; it is about becoming a trustworthy, gentle pack leader whom your pets know they can count on. That is how true respect and cooperation is gained. This kind of training is humane, creates a pet who is always happy to see you, and increases response times to cues. An animal who trusts you will listen to you.
Remember: There is no limit to what you can teach your dog!
- Heather Smith, ABCDT
In Memory of...
November 26, 2002 to April 25, 2016
Rosie is the beautiful dog pictured in my business logo; beside her is Flash. Rosie and I grew up together and she is one of the beautiful beings that inspired me to become a professional dog trainer. She was such a wonderful dog who loved to learn, mastering over 85 words and tricks, which included agility! In her day, hurdles were a piece of cake!
July 3, 2010 to March 2017
Flash is the handsome white-tiger striped kitty in my logo, sitting beside Rosie. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and sitting in peoples' laps. Flash went missing in late February and still hasn't returned.
April 8, 2006 to September 7, 2018
Lucky is the handsome tuxedo cat on the Cat Training page, playing cards. He was my second indoor cat, and was very sweet and super smart, knowing many tricks. He loved going on stroller rides. Lucky, you will be missed! ♥
January 23, 2005 to June 21, 2021
Daisy was my very first pet. She has been there for me for everything. She was sassy, sweet, energetic, and talkative. She knew how to "speak", sit, down (the hardest trick to teach a cat), sit pretty, shake, wait, and more. I was lying beside her for her last few hours of life. She is forever loved! ♥
June 23, 2019; went missing about July 7th, 2021
Georgie was the sweetest young cat I have ever had the honor of knowing! He was a loving, trusting soul who loved to play and go for walks with me, Jasper, Button, and his sister Little Peanut. He was an excellent climber, and was very very talkative. He was going to be my featured "trick cat" in my videos.
Georgie went missing in early July and still hasn't returned. I love you, I miss you, and I've shed many tears over you, buddy ♥
If you know his whereabouts please contact me and return him. Thank you!
I feel it is necessary to dedicate a spot on my website to commemorate these amazing animals who've inspired me both in life, and in my career.