I started my journey with Cape Province Dog club in 2013. From the moment I started the puppy classes with Copper, my Hungarian Vizsla, I knew I wanted to be a part of this great group of trainers. Copper and I completed the puppy classes, CD 1 and the Total Recall course, before heading on to Agility and Flyball. We also take part in extra Obedience classes during the week.
I started volunteering as a “puppy bouncer” over a year ago and immediately realised that I needed to make a change in my career path. Though I am still finishing off my Marketing degree through UNISA, I have been working as a dog groomer for the past year, and I am studying to become a dog behaviourist through COAPE.
I’ve got to give some credit to Copper. Being a Vizsla she has certainly been a handful to say the least. Having her around is a full time commitment, but it’s a commitment that I wouldn’t give up for the world. She challenges me every day and has taught me so much. Training her has certainly been a trying but rewarding experience. And through my successes with her I gained the confidence to also take part in Obedience courses with my older dog, Diesel the Rhodesian Ridgeback. At 9 years of age he proved that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
Dog training is a learning experience that never ends.