A Heart for Dogs
Some dog trainers are made; others are born. Her whole life long, Holly’s been one of those folks who have always “had a way” with dogs. It’s natural, it’s instinctive, and it has formed the basis of her life’s work. As she says, “Ever since I was a little girl, it’s just always been easy for me to understand how a dog’s world works.”
Her passion for dogs led her to a leadership role with the Wolf Creek Weimaraner Rescue group. She’s been a member of the organization for the past 12 years, and has served as a Board member since 2003. She realized that she had a gift for ministering to dogs in need, working with them so that they’d e easier to place in permanent homes. She had an
intuitive way of putting packs together, combining different dogs in groupings that allowed them to function well without conflict.
Three years ago, Holly realized the fulfillment of a life-long dream when she opened AllDogs Canine Care Center. This place, and everything in it, is a reflection of the commitment she has for the wellbeing of dogs. As owner and trainer, she has a daily hands-on role that allows her to constantly ensure that the strict standards she’s set are being met.
You may see her anywhere and everywhere, from supervising kennel cleaning to romping with the play campers to answering the phone at the desk in the lobby. But she’s probably never more content than when she’s focused on helping a dog struggling to overcome a problem behavior. She finds a way to reach even the most difficult cases,
oftentimes almost miraculously reshaping behavior that has been ingrained for many years.
She brings the energy, attitude, and know-how that produce real and lasting results. Simply put, she fixes dogs.
By making the life-long investment in training, you are helping your dog develop into a loyal, obedient, and well-mannered companion. Training your dog by establishing trust and respect can also overcome and prevent a wide variety of behavior problems. Graduates of the AllDogs training program are—without exception—the kind of well-behaved dogs that other people say are a pleasure to be with and have around.
It’s all about positives and negatives. At AllDogs, we work to create and reinforce good habits, teaching you how to motivate your dog with praise and rewards. We also teach you how to disrupt and do away with undesirable behavior your dog may be exhibiting, by using natural methods that employ gentle but firm correction. In order to accomplish this, only three things are necessary, according to Holly: a leash, a treat, and a dog owner willing to practice unwavering consistency. “If there’s a ‘secret,’ that’s it,” she says. “We don’t use clickers, and we never use harsh methods involving shock collars. It’s all about the time and effort the dog owner is willing to devote. If
they will dedicate themselves to consistently using the tools and training methods we provide, there’s virtually no type of unwanted behavior that can’t be eliminated—regardless of the history or severity of the problem.”
Once again, there’s a significant difference between the way other training programs work and the AllDogs approach. It starts with teaching dog owners how to get inside the mind of their dog. With a basic understanding of “how a dog works,” the training techniques and methods suddenly make sense. You don’t just learn how to do something; you are able to clearly comprehend just why it works. You are in tune with your dog in a way you never have been before. Dogs want and need to be part of a “pack;” it’s just the way they’re programmed. In the wild, that pack has a leader—usually the strongest, most dominant dog in the group. In your home, YOU must become the
pack leader. Your job is to provide the structure, boundaries, and leadership your dog needs in order to be secure, relaxed, and happy. If those roles have inadvertently become reversed, don’t worry; Holly can help you set things right.
Many years of experiences have taught Holly how to evaluate dogs and their owners. Certain breeds have characteristics that make them more inclined to specific behaviors—some good, and some not-so-good. Depending upon everything from the environment in which they’ve been raised to their intelligence to their temperament to their age, individual dogs exhibit traits that can prove helpful or problematic. And owners vary just as widely. Some are robust, outgoing types with plenty of high energy; others are naturally more hesitant, shy or just not as physically confident. Your initial assessment at AllDogs takes all that into account. Holly will customize a training program to reflect
your needs and limitations, as well as those of your dog. The result? A training regimen that works for you both.
Always say your dog's name in positive never a negative. Never yell their names or say their name in a mean or threatening manner. When you are correcting your dog be sure to say "No sir, No Mam, bad girl, bad boy. NOT THEIR NAME.