No matter what behavior problem your dog displays, there are options to help you and your dog live comfortably in the community. Whether you are dealing with fear aggression, dog-to-dog aggression, dog-to-human aggression, uncontrollable barking, anxiety or even dealing with a rescued fighting dog; there is help available and the time to seek that help is now. On September 14 & 15, Letters for Lucy will be hosting the Elite K-911 Dog Trainer and Behavior Specialist Weekend Workshop at the Cumru Township Building located at 1775 Welsh Road, Mohton (Berks County) for a small fee of $50-$75 depending on whether you are in attendance with your dog or not. The Elite K-911 event will have three expert trainers from Ohio on hand to help with any issue you may be experiencing with your dog.
The inspiration for this event came from the recent events of Lucy the certified reading therapy dog. Lucy was a rescued pit bull who went on to graduate Canine Good Citizen and Certified Therapy Dog. Though she took these skills into a local school to help children with special needs, the ignorance of the school board “expelled” her because of her breed. When Lucy’s owner told her 7-year old daughter that Lucy would no longer be allowed to attend the school, the little girl asked a heartbreaking question: “Why are they bullying our dog?” This simple question from a child forced The Lucy Girls (Owner Kristen Torchia and two of her friends) to make a decision: continue to fight the fight to educate for the pit bull breed or pack it in. With the mission to participate in local school programs, promote positive awareness of pit bulls, participate in the resource & rehabilitation of dogs and educate the public on the discrimination of Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), The Lucy Girls launched Letters for Lucy (www.lettersforlucy.com)
This weekend’s event instructors include Chuck Stella, who opened Elite K-911 in March 2007 as a Lorain County Dog Training and Rehabilitation Center. Voted in 2013 as Number One Dog Training on the Cleveland Hot List, Elite K-911 was principally established to provide on-on-one canine evaluations and training including, but not limited to; behavior modifications, to aggressive canine intervention, enforcement of “pack leadership” and protection work. Today the organization includes group seminars on dog behavior and teaches owners the necessary steps to evaluate themselves as “pack leaders”; resulting in harmony between owner and pet.
Stella completed a full year of study in “Dog Training and Behavior” under a certified trainer of the National K9 Training Academy, graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia where he became licensed/certified as a National Cruelty Investigator Level 2, graduated Pet Tech First Aid where he acquired expertise in Canine First Aid and Trauma response, continued training under The Scott Mueller of the National K9 Training Academy, graduated from the Ohio Federated Humane Society as a licensed Humane Investigator, and became certified in Canine Good Citizen through the AKC.
Jennifer Saven is a certified trainer who believes in dogs being treated as individuals and that their training should suit the individual dog. Training should be a positive experience for the dog and the handler and real life experiences mixed with obedience and routine exercise are a huge part of that equation.
Britain Walter, owner of Follow My Lead Dog Training and Behavior is the youngest trainer to attend this event. Walter learned from Stella, enabling her to help others understand and train their dogs. Her personal pack is made up of seven rescue dogs which include 3 pit bulls, 2 cattle dogs, 1 deaf Heinz 57 and 1 deaf American Bulldog.
The event is sure to help those that attend. Registration deadline has been extended to September 13 and ALL BREEDS are welcome. To read more about Lucy, go to the Letters for Lucy Facebook page. Payment can be made via Papal to Info@Elitek911.com. For more information, please e-mail Lucy@lettersforlucy.com.