Meet some of our Rest & Rehab dogs that come to us from far and near!
I have so enjoyed your webinars! Your insightful ways of training have given me new views to work on old problems. (I especially love your webinar on engagement!) in every webinar I see new things to incorporate into our training routine, and clear ways for helping my dogs to understand and for me to be a better handler.
Working with my older dog (who had an injury that kept him out of the ring for years) has been a challenging thing. And now I’m trying not to stress his body but still make progress. All of your thoughts and good ideas have given me hope that I will be able to achieve my goals with him! Thanks so much for sharing so much information in your webinars.. I look forward to each new one!
Good evening, I just had to share our success with you. I took your course on engagement and precues and we had been a complete disaster. No engagement at all, scores in 70’s and 80’s when we qualified. Since taking your course, we have vastly improved as a team. Our engagement is so much better and our scores show it. Today we earned our Rally Advanced title with a perfect score. Our prior scores were 96 and 96 (both due to redoing a sign and once a lag and the other was a crooked sit). I just wanted to let you know how much I gained from your course. Thanks so much.Tamara Aunapu
I enjoyed this webinar, as I have all of your webinars, and I gained more ideas for engaging with my dog while training. Very helpful, thorough, and clear video clips with your explanations as well.I just love watching your interactions with your dogs, and so wish thatI could have half that focus and willingness with my young dog as he matures in his training. It is good motivation for my training, so please continue to share your insights with us.I also appreciate your sharing your personal videos of training techniques and problems as wellas your ring performances. I learn a great deal from those, as well.Janet
I really appreciated your seminar. I have some new things to add to my bag of trucks and a new outlook on accessing mistakes!Ann H.
This is 3rd seminar I have taken with Petra and I learn so many golden nuggets of info in each one. Keep up the work and Zayna makes me smile with her enthusiasm.Janet V.
It took me a few days to watch all the way through, but there’s a wealth of information in there, and I’ve already started using it in my training. I’ll be watching it all again and taking notes! Thank you, Petra Ford!Dale K.
I thoroughly enjoyed the webinar, thanks so much.Sandy C.
Dearest Petra, it was great! I really appreciate that you are not afraid to share what you know. I’m not finished going through the webinar, but do have an idea for another one. A lot of people have fearful dogs and your knowledge of how to build a dog’s confidence (Zeal) to become stable in a trial environment would be so helpful.Susan
What an excellent seminar. I so appreciated your videos.
Even though I had heard this advice previously, I really needed the reminder that we are the ones who make the mistakes and the dogs reflect that.
I did have some mechanics problems maneuvering the site. I hope as I continue the seminars, I will become more proficient at them.
Thank you so much for your time taken to produce this. I look forward to watching it more and breaking the pieces down in order to absorb more from it.Ann H.
I really enjoyed the webinar. It was well presented and had great, clear information. Love your step by step approach. I listened while driving, and switching from the main audio to the audio on the pre-recorded clips required some volume adjustments (main audio great; clips were tinny and needed to be turned down). Otherwise, it was excellent and further solidified many things I have been learning from you the past several months. Thanks! Can’t wait for the next ones!Mary H.
I can’t imagine a life without dogs. I work with them, training them is my hobby, I live with them, they go almost everywhere with me. They make me laugh, comfort me, guard my house, are loyal, pure hearts… I’ve been an animal lover since childhood, choosing my stuffed animals over dolls. I didn’t grow up with pets, but that didn’t stop me. I started with horses, riding my bike to the stable every day after school. Trail riding, jumping, dressage, cleaning stalls, brushing and bathing the horses. Years later, recreational cycling led to racing mountain bikes and road bikes on a professional level. During this time, I was living on my own and realized a life-long dream… I got my first dog! Teejay was a happy-go-lucky, black Labrador Retriever. He went everywhere with me. He slept on my bed, rode in the car, attended bike races, shared my snacks (and stole quite a number of them), hiked with me, went swimming and became my best friend. After a few years, it was time for a second dog. This time, it was a yellow Labrador named Duncan. When Duncan was young, I had to retire from racing due to health issues. I now had tons of free time. I wanted to spend more time with my dogs, so I looked into dog activities. TeeJay and Duncan became certified therapy dogs. We worked with children and adults with special needs, children with cancer and families of 9/11 victims and first responders. I also discovered dog sports. Field Training, Agility, Obedience, Nosework, Dock Diving. Dog training is an exciting challenge that continues to teach me how to speak dog and creates incredible bonds with my dogs.
When I had the opportunity to start a canine rehabilitation business, I jumped at the chance. It’s been a dream job!! I get to utilize my skills as a human Physical Therapist to help dogs regain mobility and to improve their quality of life. I love the challenges of running my own business. A year ago, I expanded my business by adding a boarding kennel. I was already offering online classes for canine conditioning and competitive obedience training. I also started teaching webinars for obedience training and created a membership-based training website. It’s ONLY because I have the most amazing employees and friends that this is all coming to fruition!! I could never have accomplished it without them.
I believe very strongly in the power of the mind and positive thinking. I wasn’t always that way and certainly wasn’t raised that way. But through daily mindfulness practice, I’ve been able to make huge changes in my life. As a single businesswoman with many interests, I lead a busy, often hectic life. I make a conscious effort to also lead a healthy, balanced and holistic lifestyle. Exercising, meditation, essential oils, reiki, healthy eating and yes, I do enjoy a glass of wine.
Dogs are my best friends. They keep me company, protect me, travel with me, go to work with me. They are affectionate, make me laugh, have taken me all around the country, have brought amazing people into my life and are always teaching me new lessons. I am grateful and blessed to be able to combine all things dog into Petra’s Dog Resource Center.
Petra graduated from UMDNJ School of Health-Related Professions with a degree in physical therapy and has experience working with an extremely varied caseload including pediatric through geriatric clients with a vast range of diagnoses. Her areas of expertise include in-patient rehabilitation, orthopedics and neurology. Petra attended the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2007 and graduated as a certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist. Petra is fully certified in Canine Acupressure and is a Reiki Level 2 Practitioner. Petra’s black Labrador Retriever, Tyler, was the 2008 and 2009 National Obedience Champion and First Runner Up in 2010. In 2012, Petra and Tyler became the first and only American team to win the Obedience World Cup (they placed second in 2010). Petra’s dogs have earned titles in hunt tests, field trials, agility, and nosework. Currently she is competing at the Master Level in agility with Zaidan. Zeal has earned his OTCH in obedience, was Second Runner Up at the 2017 National Obedience Championship, has won numerous Regional events and won the prestigious Obedience Classic Tournament in 2017. Petra has written several articles on canine conditioning, canine injury prevention, competing with your dog and more. She has been published in a number of magazines including Clean Run, Front and Finish, and Whole Dog Journal. Petra currently offers webinars and online classes for canine conditioning and competition obedience training.
Patty has over 13 years’ experience working with and caring for pets and comes from an extensive Business Management background. She owned her own dog walking and pet sitting business for many years.
More recently, she worked at Aqua Dog Rehabilitation with Petra and the rest of the team and is now the General Manager at Playful Paws at Petra’s Dog Boarding & Training Facility and the Administrator of Petra’s Dog Resource Center. Patty is the proud mommy of two highly loved Chinese Cresteds, Rosey and Chandler.
I’m a mother of three children and two little Chihuahuas. I have been in love and fascinated with animals since I can remember. Growing up my family lived close to a brook and patch of woods that was just filled with small creatures for me and my friend to catch and observe. We caught crayfish, tadpoles, pollywogs, frogs, snakes and anything else that wasn’t fast enough to get away. I learned how to handle animals gently to without me or them getting hurt.
I joined 4H at a young age and was taught more skills on how to take care of animals. My dream as a young child was to be a Veterinarian. In my science class in high school my teacher kept an Iguana and corn snake in the classroom all year. Every day I could, I would hold the snake and slowly get the Iguana to let me pet it. Eventually I was able to hold the Iguana. My teacher told me she was amazed at my patience because the Iguana would never let anyone near him.
I’ve owned and cared for many pets through the years, from dogs to snakes. My love for dogs has inspired me to pursue a career with dogs. I’m currently enrolled in online classes to become a Vet Tech. I’m excited to be working at Aqua Paws helping animals heal and get stronger so they can live their lives to the fullest. I’m also happy to be working at Playful Paws at Petra’s caring lovingly for the dogs as if they were my own.