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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 many years. 

 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 2 dogs of my own, Pinky Pie and Sassafras(Sassy). Pinky Pie is a sweet spaz of a belgian shepadoodle. She is simply adorable and know it. She is my service dog.  Sassafras fully earned her name, Sassy. She is such a sassy thing. She is training as a service dog. She is a little possessive of her human so I decided to keep her since she is manageable.  I'm also owned by 3 small cats that just barely tolerates all the dogs invading their house. 2 are DSH named Greyson and Mittens and the other is an unusual cross named Tiddles.  Unfortunately due to recent health challenges I made the difficult decision to rehome Pinky's brother Rassion and mother, Kefi. Kefi is an ESA for a little boy. Rassilon is adored by his new home. 

  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.

 

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