HOW I BECAME A DOG TRAINER
Hi, I’m Lorna Olitch and this is my story about how I became a dog trainer.
I HAD A DREAM
Ever since I got introduced to my first dog the day I was born I know then that I loved dogs and I wanted to train them. I had many other dogs over the years and trained them the best I could.
My first dog was a Cocker/Springer Spaniel name Gyspy. My dad got her in August and I was born in November, he wanted her for hunting. She and I became best friends and played a lot together.
After Gyspy we got another dog from a friend of my mother’s. He was an Irish Terrier named Rusty, he was five years old. I thought I would like to try my hand at showing dogs. Rusty already had his Canadian Champion but that didn’t stop me, I show him anyway. I was hooked.
I bought an Irish Terrier puppy from my mother’s friend, I named Cohill Bantry Boy (Chipper). I thought I would like to show him as soon as I picked him out. I put him in his first show in Lethbridge Alberta, Canada. He was three months, there were two other puppies in his class. He was about five centimeters off the ground, tail tucked under as far as it could go and ears pinned back as far as they could go. HE GOT THIRD.
The next show was in Edmonton Alberta. He was four months, the same thing happened third out of three. But I was not giving up on him because I know he had potential. I took him to handling classes and he started to show his true colours.
I thought he was ready for one of the largest dog shows in Canada (Calgary Alberta). He just squeaked in the Senior Puppy Class since he was one year old on the last day of the show. There were six Irish Terriers on all three days. He took everything all three days except the female part. He got six points out of ten towards his championship. He needed four more points to get his championship. I put him in the Millerville show just outside Calgary, he got his four points the first day. He was now a Canadian champion Irish Terrier.
Next, I decided to try the obedience side of showing.
I then enrolled him in an obedience class, he got second out of 15 dogs. Now I was hooked and enrolled him in Lethbridge Alberta in the Companion Dog class for the day event. On the first day, he placed third out of 20 dogs, second day he placed second out of 15. He was well on his way to his Compion Dog when I enrolled him in the obedience trials in Edmonton Alberta. He just needs one more leg toward his Companion Dog. I enrolled him on the first day only, hoping he would get it on that day. And guess what HE DID! 12 dogs and he got second. Now his title was Ch. Cohill Bantry Boy CD. I was so proud of him that I decided to put him in the next training class for Companion Dog Excellent. Well, that was a disaster! He flunked the class. That was the end of his showing career.
Meet my Lifetime Partner
A few years later I meet my partner David in Calgary. We are still together after 45 years. We moved to Winfield BC, Canada that summer (now Lake Country). We rented a place there on five acres beside an apple orchard. Chipper loved it there, he could run free. Little did I know that in the winter the orchardist put mice poison down to keep the mice and other rodents from eating the bark of the trees. I let Chipper out one day and since he loved apples he ate some and became very sick. I took him to the vet and there was nothing he could do. (he was poisoned). I miss him still to this very day. We then moved to Enderby BC Canada where we rent a place on 10 acres.
My Next Dog In My Life
Was a Bovier named Salvador. We got them from our ex-landlord. He was 6 years old and he lived on the deck of our ex-landlord’s place. He only was allowed off when her daughter went horseback riding. Her daughter moved out and didn’t want Salvador. We decided to move to a place in Mara BC Canada after ten years. When we moved our ex-landlord ask us if we wanted Salvador and of we said sure. Since he was an outside dog we made a shelter for him outside so he could come and go as he pleased. Well needless to say he loved it. He lived for another five years ( the best years of his life).
My Dog Training Career Begins
After Salvador passed away we decided to move to Chilliwack BC we were there for 10 years. I trained under Heal Well Centre as trainer number 2. There I got another dog from our ex-landlord in October 2012. She was a Lagotto Romagnolo (a 3000-year-old Italian hunting dog). They are now known as the Official Truffle Dog. He wanted her for detection work since that breed had a nose for sniffing out truffles. He asked us if we wanted to foster her until he decided to see if she was good enough to be a detection dog. After a week he wanted to see if she passed the test. He through out a Kong to see if she would fetch it, she didn’t. He told us that she didn’t have what it takes to be a detection dog and If we wanted her we could have her because she had was no use to him. Well, you know what my answer was! He told me she was two years old and got into a fight with a Poddle. I belong to Lagotto Romagnolo FaceBook groups, I ask in the groups where here microchip was from and this lady from the Netherlands give me her pedigree. She was born on December 4, 2007, (which was my mum’s birthday, so I had to keep her) and her registered name is Romacomb Utopia Pia. (She was almost 5 years old not 2 years old). She knew all her basic obedience and I think had agility training also because I tried to see if she would go through the detection agility course. She went up the A-frame and down the other side like a pro. Please note that detection A-Frame is twice as high as the dog agility A-Frame. Over the balance beam and up and down the see-saw with no problem. So I didn’t know what more training I could do with her.
Since she had a lot of baggage, I never have had a dog like this before and my previous dog training just wasn’t cutting it. She wasn’t getting better as a matter of fact she was getting worse.
It wasn’t until I discovered Absolute Dogs in 2017, that I decided to take their training as Pro Dog Trainer. This method of dog training was very unique.
They trained with fun games. Before using this method of training to the public I decided to use it on Pia. I now use this method of training with other dog owners and their dogs and the results are AMAZING.
PIA WAS DIAGNOSED WITH DEGENERATIVE MYELOPATHY
In May of 2021, she was diagnosed with Degenerative Meolpothy (equivalent to us getting Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS). We were a hair’s breadth from taking her to the vet to be put down. She couldn’t get up without the help of a sling which we made from several old t-shirts. (She wears them 24/7 so we can help her get up). This is not a common disease in Lagottos. On June 14, 2021, I discovered this product called Santax biotech which I bought because they had a 30 to 60-day guarantee that if you didn’t see any results they would refund your money, on June 14, 2021, I started her on it. She had no contol of her hind end and would fall down if not held up with the sling, her front legs were what kept her moving.
I saw little things happening, she was becoming more alert. But she still couldn’t control her bladder and therefore she was peeing herself two or three times a night getting us up and changing her bedding and taking her out to pee, her bowel movement was not normal. By September I had finished the product seeing improvement just about every day. I discovered four other products for this disease ad started using them. As I am writing this (April 5, 2022) she is getting up on her own without much help, can walk by herself, go pee, and poo on her own tells me when she wants to go out and is back to her demanding self. We have a new Pia!!!
How Good Calm Dog Training Business Began
But training her with this type of training made a huge impact on our relationship. She is much much more focused on me and our motto is you have to be I’m Sexier Than a Squirrel, which I became. She loves playing games, I try to play a game a day with her even though she is 14 years old.
I now put into play with my new dog training business of 5+ years featuring the latest training done for local clients is called Good Calm Dog Training.
Currently, I’m applying my methods regularly with great effect at my Dognasium in Cultus Lake BC.
I currently reside in Cultus Lake BC with my husband David and our 14-year-old Lagotto Romagnolo named Pia.
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