Pre-School


This class is taught by:

Vicki Keener

Vicki grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania where she cared for many animals including dogs and cats. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Masters in teaching. She worked as a teacher for many years.
 
While teaching she pursued her first love which is working with animals. She first worked as a Veterinarian Assistant but knew her interests where in behaviorism. She enrolled in the Animal Behavior College where she obtained her certification in dog training. In the process of getting certified, she volunteered at the VBSPCA and worked with trainers at the Merrimac Training facility. She then began holding classes at the VBSPCA and started working the Pets & Pals program where she showed troubled teens how to train dogs to make them more adoptable. In a couple of months, over 40 dogs where adopted out of this program.
 
Vicki then moved to New Mexico where she started her own dog training business. While in New Mexico she took some time off to attend a dog handling and behavior class and then worked at Best Friends Animal Society. Some of her responsibilities at Best Friends included assessing dog’s behavior, holding classes for the dogs/caretakers and working with a "project" dog to help her become more adoptable. Also, at that time, she obtained an additional dog training certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and became a Professional Member of APDT. In the past, she was an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a Pet First Aid Instructor.
 
Vicki enjoys playing beach volleyball and taking her two dogs Batman and Robin on long walks.

Lizzie Davis

Lizzie grew up loving animals of all shapes and sizes. She began her career working at a horse barn that helped to rescue and rehabilitate ex-race horses and hoarding cases. While there she starting learning about animal behavior and the complexities of the animal mind. From there she worked at multiple veterinary hospitals and pet stores, but quickly found her love of animal behavior to be her true calling, and started training. Born and raised in Virginia Beach, she is currently working on her bachelors degree in psychology with a focus in the human/animal bond. In her free time she loves to take her dogs Neeko and Dexter on adventures. She also enjoys reading and tending to her multiple fish tanks.
Pre-school classes are for small breed dogs 18 weeks or younger or medium and large breed puppies less then 12 weeks old who have had at least 2 rounds of DHPP (distemper/parvo) vaccinations.
 
This is a 2 week course that lasts 40 minutes per class and emphasizes:

  • Socialization with everything
  • Mangement
  • Housetraining
  • Mouthing and biting
  • Basics of Training
 
Fee: $45