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"DIF K9 Training" is the training function of Godfrey's-Welcome to Dogdom, LLC.
The meaning of our business name reflects how all of us here at Godfrey's feel...Dog is Family (DIF)!
Our philosophy is to help your dog become an active, valuable member of your family by working with behavior techniques that are fun, easily understood, and rewarding to your dog and family. We only use a positive, reward based training process that is based on the principles of clicker training, a way of training animals in which desirable behavior is marked with a sound maker and then reinforced, making the behavior more likely to happen in the future.
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Training Program Manager and Instructor: Pat Emmett, BS, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA
Pat is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior and is a Certified Training Partner of the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA-CT), graduating with distinction. He also achieved certification from the Council for the Certification of Professional Dog Trainers and has also passed the Knowledge Assessment (CPDT-KA). He is also a Puppy Start Right Preshool™ curriculum instructor. As a Certified Training Partner, Pat has taken the Karen Pryor Academy Pledge. Retired as President of his company after 37+ years in food production and distribution services, Pat began taking a more active role at Godfrey's, working alongside his wife, Barb, the owner of Godfrey's-Welcome to Dogdom. He immediately saw a need to assist families assimilate a new dog as a valuable member of the family unit. His passion and interest in helping them took off.
Having a love of dogs goes way back for Pat. He was raised in a home where dachshunds ruled-both his parents and grandparents cherished the breed. He attained a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business during his college years. When it was time for him and Barb to bring a dog into their young married life, they chose an english springer spaniel, named him Casey, and he lived a long and happy life with them. Along the way, they had great cats, too, who shared their home. In 1998, their first golden retriever, Tucker, came into their lives. Life was busy keeping up with Tucker! Training classes, hikes, tons of walks, park runs, etc. Love of the breed, love of dogs, and their adoption of another golden retriever, led him to become involved with a local rescue group, Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue (DVGRR). Wanting to help the organization grow, he took a position on their Board, serving over 7 years, and co-chaired the capital campaign to raise money needed to purchase a permanent shelter facility on Vera Cruz Road in Reinholds. DVGRR met their goal in 9 months! During the early days of rescue work at the new facility, Pat took many shifts, working with the rescue goldens. Many times you could find him in a kennel run with a kind but scared golden, coaxing and encouraging the dog and slowly working on building trust. As the organization grew and volunteers learned the ropes, he continued on the Board until he was needed to help at Godfrey's! Pat and Barb remain members of the DVGRR organization.
Knowing how therapy dogs can comfort others and literally change lives for the better, and wanting to do more with his own dogs, he pursued obtaining therapy dog certification. In 2012, he enrolled in a therapy dog orientation session run by Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services (www.kpets.org), and in no time at all, he and Lake were certified as a Therapy Dog Team! They continue to make monthly visits to a local adult community center and help out at other KPETS events.
Pat and and his wife Barb reside with two English Cream Golden Retrievers, Lake and Charlie. Charlie was adopted from DVGRR as were 3 of their previous goldens. Pat is a graduate of Wilson High School, Shippensburg State College, and is an active Private Pilot. He also enjoys playing racquetball.
Lake and Charlie, both certified KPETS Therapy Dogs, spreading smiles!
Instructor: Nicole Weersing, Certified Karen Pryor Instructor for "Puppy Start Right" Program.
Nicole loves all dogs and she really loves getting puppies off on the right paw! She and her husband are parents of both two-legged and four-legged kids. She has a special affinity for boxers! She's worked with dogs for many years, and is a natural at helping folks learn to be better dog parents. She completed the Karen Pryor "Puppy Start Right' Instructor certification in June 2015, then mentored under Pat Emmett, Godfrey's Training Manager and Istructor. Nicole is the Play Park Coordinator, FitPaws® Wellness and Conditioning coach and a Senior Sales Associate at Godfrey's!
Instructor: Dede Crough ACDBC - Dede loves to play with dogs – her dogs, your dogs, any dogs she meets! She considers dog training to be “play with a purpose,” and enjoys helping people create better relationships with their dogs so they can have more fun together. She has dabbled in herding, has competed in disc dog and dock diving, and has titled dogs in flyball, agility and tricks. Her latest dog sport obsession is nose work, a great activity for dogs and handlers of all ages, abilities and personalities!
Dede’s first job (at age eleven) was caring for neighbors’ pets, and she trained her first dog when her family got a Shetland Sheepdog (sheltie) puppy three years later. Since then she has trained and cared for dogs of a wide variety of ages, sizes, breeds and temperaments. She is an Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (ACDBC) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, a member of the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals (serving on the Ethics Committee), and the founder and captain of Happily Evfur After Flyball Club.
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A strong advocate of pet rescue, Dede has always had rescued pets. She currently lives with three shelties, Banjo, Kylie and Striker, and two border collies, Kiva and Paden. When not at flyball tournaments, she and her dogs enjoy performing demos – the most memorable was during halftime of a NY Jets preseason game at Giants Stadium! They have been featured in newspapers and magazines, as well as on television and even radio.
Curriculum and Behavior Advisor: Denise Lacey- CPDT-KSA, KPA CTP
We thank Denise Lacey, owner of The Companionable Canine, for coming on board with us in July 2012 to manage our training services. As of Sept. 2014, Denise has found it necessary for her to step away from instructing group classes and Pat Emmett has now assumed responsibility for the management of our training program. Denise will remain with us as a curriculum and behavior advisor as well as a training assistant for some training initiatives.
Denise began helping people to train their dogs 16 years ago in 1996. She was the first trainer in Pennsylvania to pass the Skills Assessment through the Council for the Certification of Professional Dog Trainers and has also passed the Knowledge Assessment (CPDT-KSA). She is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior (graduating with distinction) and is a Certified Training Partner of the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA-CTP). As a Certified Training Partner she has taken the Karen Pryor Academy Pledge. She believes in setting her students and their dogs up to be successful in their learning and training.
Additionally, Denise has a B.S. in psychology. She is a member of the
Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the American Kennel Club (AKC), a C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator for the APDT and is working on completing her Trick Dog Instructor certification.
Denise began being trained by dogs in 1977. Her first trainer, a schipperke (Blackie), only managed to train her to throw things for retrieving and go for long walks. Since then, in addition to all her students’ dogs, eleven other dogs have participated in Denise's training – three Labrador retrievers (Laika, Misha, and Kaiya), a border collie (Tag), three other schipperkes (Barnum, Bailey, and Cubby), and three mix breed dogs (Sally, Lucas, and Shadow). Denise is currently trained by one very energetic schipperke, Tillie.
Work with her dogs has resulted in Denise being trained in Flyball, Agility, Obedience, Therapy Work, Rally, Herding, Hunt Work, Frisbee, Freestyle, Tracking, Treibball, and Tricks! The dogs feel that their best training shows in Denise’s really reliable cookie distribution skills as well as her proficiency in tugging, tossing things, giving belly rubs, and ear scritching.
Denise really loves helping others to reach their goals with training their dogs. Whether wanting a pet to enjoy sharing every day activities with or training a dog for competition, helping to build a positive learning relationship is Denise’s goal.
Always working to expand her knowledge to help her students and their dogs (as well as her own canines), Denise attends seminars and conferences with speakers on the cutting edge of implementing the science of positive reinforcement. The desire to continue to improve her skills has resulted in Denise pursuing additional training opportunities in the area of clicker and dog training as well as learning how best to communicate that information to her students.
In addition to training dogs and their humans, Denise is also a Flyball Supervising Judge for the North American Flyball Association (NAFA), a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), and has served on the board of the Dog Training Club of Chester County (recording secretary) and the New River Valley Kennel Club (in Virginia as Vice-President of Obedience). With her canine companions, Denise has earned titles or certifications in: Canine Good Citizen, Flyball, Agility, Therapy Work, Herding, and Tricks.
Further adding to Denise’s fun are a wonderful, supportive husband, an active toddler, and three cats who are also subjected to clicker training. There are also four chickens, two goats, and four steers who have been known to be clicked and treated on occasion as well.
We designed our basic behaviors classes to meet the needs of today's active family lifestyle. Gone are the days of having a rigid schedule for classes. With our system, you purchases a block of classes, six per block, and you can attend a class when it meets your needs. For the classes to be effective for you and your dog, we ask that you use the classes within 10 weeks. This way, if you cannot make a Monday class, for example, you can come to class on Wednesday night instead as long as you let us know in advance. If you have a vacation scheduled, no problem, just join us when you get back. With this system, you can start and/or end at any time. You can come twice per week if you and your dog are making great progress. No more waiting for classes to start in 5 weeks!
You no longer have to forfeit classes because you could not make it for some reason. The only way to forfeit classes is if you do not finish within 6 months, or you sign up for a class and do not give us a 24 hour notice that you cannot be there.
Classes will have a maximum of 2 dogs.
There will be an introductory Orientation Session that must be attended before you can start training classes at Godfrey's. This class will be informational explaining clicker training, our process, our curriculum explained, your equipment needed, and the opportunity to enroll. You should not bring your dog to the class, but you may bring any family members that will be training the dog, in fact we recommend the entire family attend!
HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT TRAINING AT GODFREY'S?
Still not sure about getting started? Don't know where to start? Send an email to Pat Emmett, Training Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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