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Connie Skinner

Connie specializes in early puppy socialization and prevention through management and training. She is also the trainer to turn to when dealing with aggression, separation anxiety and any other problems. She focuses on reinforcing desired behavior with positive techniques instead of punishment or pain-based tactics. Handlers of any age, size or strength can apply these dog-friendly, human-friendly methods. In Connie’s classes you will learn about canine body language, appropriate play styles and how to work with your dog, instead of against your dog.

Connie understands the importance of involving the whole family in training a dog, and includes even the youngest children into the process whenever possible. Further encouraging youths to get involved with dogs, she also volunteers her expertise and facility to a local 4-H dog club.

History

Connie Skinner:

Connie started training with Lynne Lawhern at Good Puppy Good Dog training facility in 1992. In 2003 she took over complete training responsibilities under the name Mind Your Manners Dog Training. Connie has studied canine behavior and training with Dr. Ian Dunbar, Turid Regaas, Dr Roger Abrantes, Karen Pryor, Patricia McConnell and others.  She takes every opportunity to continue her education.

Connie is a member of APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers), PPG ( Pet Professionals Guild) and is an Evaluator for the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC),  S.T.A.R. Puppy and Trick Dog programs.

Connie trains, breeds and shows  Australian Cattle Dogs and Akitas. She is mentoring several clients-turned-friends as they enter the world of dog-showing and breeding. It’s also not unusual for Connie to be fostering a homeless dog or two until they can find new homes.

Email Connie at connie@mymdogtraining.com or call 360-693-4503.

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Patti Salladay

Patti is a member of APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers)   and is an Evaluator for the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC), S.T.A.R. Puppy and AKC Trick Dog Evaluator. She is a certified K9 Nutritionist and is also a Certified Canine Fitness instructor. Her passion is keeping dogs healthy by incorporating proper nutrition and exercise.

 

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AKC CGC Evaluator – AKC Trick Dog Evaluator – First Aid and CPR Canine Certified

Jordan Richards

 Jordan has followed her love for dogs into a career in Pet Grooming, which she has done for the past 11 years. She got her first Australian Cattle Dog in 2014 which opened a door to to her passion for dog sport

including Agility, Barn Hunt, Rally, Dog Diving, Herding and Conformation shows.

 

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Conformation – Rally 

Kay Pedisich

In 1982 Kay began her love of dog shows with English Cockers and included working titles on her dogs.  As her time in dogs progressed, she worked as an assistant to professional handlers, honing her grooming and handling skills.   She showed professionally for a short time and decided that she liked showing her own dogs and helping people learn to do the same.  Several years into her dog career, Kay started training and exhibiting in various performance venues, working ability tests, lure coursing, obedience, field trials, rally.  She enjoys helping people build the bond with their dogs so that they enjoy competing in any venue and teaches versatility so that the dog that shows in conformation will have a strong foundation to go forward to other disciplines.   

Assistant instructors

Aly Oler

Aly has been involved with training animals all her life – she jumped into conformation with her 2 Australian Cattledogs Indy and P!nk. She started taking classes at Mind Your Manners and excelled in training and communication with students. She has been assisting in classes for the past several years.

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For the love of all animals and their families. We work hard to bring in great people to help our programs.  This space will be filled with a dedicated person. Check out our gallery and Calendar for updated information on Mind Your Manners Dog Center. We have lots of classes for every age and ability.  Check out our class page and feel free to send us an email to get more information on any of our classes or to find out more about our wonderful Day Care.

DAYCARE ATTENDANT

Ashley Lindauer

Aly has been involved with training animals all her life – she jumped into conformation with her 2 Australian Cattledogs Indy and P!nk. She started taking classes at Mind Your Manners and excelled in training and communication with students. She has been assisting in classes for the past several years.

DAYCARE  ATTENDANT

Kris Jones

Kris is one of our original team members. Starting with Archer, Kris was Certifed Canine Massage Therapist and Certified Canine Therapy Dog Instructor. Completing advanced fitpaw training with Archer

 

 

DAYCARE ATTENDANT

Karissa Saunders

Karissa is one of our original team members. Karissa worked hard to train her 2 canine companions Saavy and Sky, completing k-9 Manners, Advanced Fitpaws and taught K-9 Outdoor Adventures.

Additional Resources

Northwest Naturals

Local Stores:

Natural Pet NW

212 NE 164th Ave. #8, Vancouver, WA 98684

Phone: 360-253-5495

Orchards Feed 

10902 NE Rosewood Ave Vancouver, WA 98662

Phone: 360-892-3001

Mud Bay

2100 SE 164th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98683

Phone: 360-314-6101

 

Exclusive Pet

21829 NE Halsey St

Fairview, OR 97024

Phone: 503-491-1111

 

Nutrition:

Northwest Naturals The Original Raw Nugget Diet.

Annamaet Pet Foods All natural, human grade, holistic foods and treats.

Nutrisource Dog Foods Makers of PureVita, Nutrisource and Natural Planet Organics.

Barf World Healthy & Natural Raw Food for Dogs & Cats.

Barf World Healthy & Natural Raw Food for Dogs & Cats.

Supplies:

Kong Pet Toys Legendary strength, quality and performance.

Premier Pet Makers of the Gentle Leader, quality dog toys and training aids.

Gough NutsIndustructable (nearly), Floatable, cleanable, rollable, chewable, recyclable and funable dog toys.

Wonder Walker – A positive Management solution for walking your dog. Made in Seattle WA

Dogwise Dog books and dvds.