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About Us

Katrina Jablonsky ABCDT

In 2004 I got my first service dog, Lily. It was then that she changed my life. The constant hospitalizations stopped and life became closer to a normal one. I knew then that I wanted others to gain the freedom I had. I took as many training courses with my dog as I could to learn as much as I could with my dog and teach her new things. A few years later I enrolled in the animal behavior college. My mentor was a trainer from NEADS. I graduated from ABC without any difficulty and continued the learn from other trainers. Now I have been training dogs professionally for over 5yrs. 

 The methods I use vary by dog in customize training plans. In group classes the training is primarily positive reinforcement. While positive punishment does have a time and place I do not believe it is generally appropriate for beginner classes. I will use what ever works for a particular dog. I am especially fond of clicker training but if it doesn't work for a particular dog or handler we will explore other options. I am also very familiar in working with reactive dogs. 

 I currently have 4 dogs of my own, Pinky Pie, Rassilon, Kefi, Sassafras(Sassy). Pinky Pie is a sweet spaz of a belgian shepadoodle. She is simply adorable and know it. She is my service dog. Rassilon is her brother.He is also very sweet. He is a big boy that doesn't seem to know he is so huge. He is also training as my service dog as I plan to rotate them. Kefi is a Standard Poodle and mom to Pinky and Rassilon. She is a bouncy rough and tumble girl and if there is a mud puddle she is sure to find it. She has been in the process of retiring as she doesn't really enjoy working full time. Sassfras fully earned her name. She is such a sassy thing. She is also training as a service dog so we will figure it out later. She is a little possessive so I decided to keep her.  I'm also owned by 2 small cats that just barely tolerates all the dogs invading their house. One is a very sweet Bengal named Honey Bun and the other is an unusual cross named Tiddles.  

  I previously had 2 german shepherds which I loved very much. I had Sophie since she was a puppy. She had always been a handful. Unfortunately she passed away from cancer at 8yrs old in Feb 2016. She had been a service dog for a short time until she retired due to health issues. Hans was a rescue and a pet. He was saved from a shelter only hours before they were going to put him down for growling because he was so scared and had horrible ear infections. He had been a rehab case from the very start and I'm happy to say he was a success. He earned his cgc in 2012. He passed away Dec 2015 around the age of 10.

 

Sam 

  

 "Sam volunteers with us from time to time. He has experience with gsd and other herding breeds from his time in the military. He tells it like it is and doesn't have a filter. You will be most likely to come across him through our facebook page as he helps manage it. He sometimes also helps with evaluations or classes. He has a retired service dog and his service dog recently passed his public access test."..

 

There are various volunteers that help from time to time with training.