Help your pup be the best pup he can be!
Help your pup be the best pup he can be!
We provide professional support and
puppy training to enable the success of your pup to meet your needs.
PAWSitive training for dogs from all “Walks” of life.
Teach your pup to be Poised And Well Socialized (PAWS)
Certified Service Dog Trainer,
AKC Dog Obedience Trainer,
S.T.A.R. Puppy, CGC,
Puppy obedience classes available.
“Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.” That means, the dog must not be a pet, but specially trained. In the eyes of the law, emotional support dogs and therapy dogs are NOT service dogs.
Mobility assist dogs (for wheel-chair bound or people with limited mobility)
Dylan is trained to assist with POTS (Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome).
Mental health services such as PTSD, panic attacks, anxiety, depression, or austism disorders – provides DPT (deep pressure therapy), boundary control, medical alert.
Emotional Support Dogs are not Service Dogs. For your dog to be considered as an emotional support dog, you must have an ESA Letter from a Licensed Mental Health Therapist in your state. There are two laws which define the housing and travel benefits your Emotional Support Dog may receive. https://www.akc.org.
"Over the last several years, I've observed Gretchen possess a calm and loving temperament, patient yet consistent. Her expertise and her certifications make her training programs extremely effective and successful. I really enjoy working with Gretchen."
Kathy of Moonlight Goldens, Salida,Colorado
"Gretchen is simply the best! We were first time dog owners and she was so patient and taught us so much! She trained our puppy Dudley from 8 weeks old to over a year, and accomplished service dog status with him. He is the best dog because of her training. He listens, obeys, and is wonderful with our children."
Katie, Englewood, Colorado
"Gretchen IS the Dogologist! She took great care in providing A-Z service helping us in every detail. We’ve never raised a puppy before and having her as a resource has been a game changer. She is easy to work with, patient and responsive. With her guidance, our puppy is well on her way to accomplishing her Service Dog status and part of the therapy plan for our son."
Steve and Nicole, Orange County,
Why English Cream Golden Retrievers?
English Cream Goldens have roots in Scotland and Europe from the 1860's. I first started training English Creams with Little Angels Service Dogs in CA. They are intelligent, sturdy, friendly, and loyal. I quickly through months of training the pups that English Creams differ in temperament from other dogs, and Creams are more laid back, but so eager to please and quick to learn.
Cream pedigrees often come from championship show lines in Europe. This makes for the highest pedigree ratings. Their coats are exquisite. Yes, they shed, but they loved to be groomed, and frequent grooming helps cut down on the shedding. Creams are extremely well-natured and an excellent prospect for service.
Imported from Ukraine. Birdy is an excellent momma, and is currently breeding for Little Angels Service Dogs. Birdy is a registered Therapy dog with Pet Partners.
Reagan was born in Colorado, Sept 2018, from championship European lines. She is registered AKC, OFA, and has her CGC, CGCA, CGCU, and has her Novice Trick Dog Titles. Next Litter Summer 2021.
Grace was born Nov 4, 2019. She is from Birdy and Jace. Gracie is a fabulously tempered and a well-trained pup. She is registered AKC, S.T.A.R. Puppy, Novice AKC Trick Dog, CGC, and expected to be OFA certified in 2021.
Ruthie was born Nov 4, 2019. She is from Birdy and Jace. She is currently in my guardian program and registered AKC with STAR Puppy and Novice Trick Dog titles.
Born August 6 to European Championship
Lines. Registered AKC. She will be trained to Therapy and ESA. She will be OFA certified at age 2. Expected litter 2022
Born September 2020. Absolutely exquisite blood lines and temperament. She is currently being trained for service.
I began training because of a family member in need of a service dog. If you have researched the cost and time that goes into a service dog, you know it's a long process! While I agree that I have a "dream job" in many ways, it also takes a lot of commitment to establish a bond and build the trust necessary for a pup to respond to training. It can be a 24/7 job. Without a doubt, there is a "fun" side of training dogs. Sure it's fun to "play" with puppies, but the responsibility of training for service goes far beyond that. Playtime is all about training in many different aspects. The utilization of assistance dogs increases independence. I have personal experience of seeing how a service dog that I trained serves a family member, and that encouraged me to reach out to others. I have pups in training from 8 weeks to 1 year or more. I have been asked how I can spend so much time bonding with a pup, build the trust necessary for the pup to work a life of service, and then "give the pup up?" It's gratifying when I see the impact made on a person's life for the better! The day the pup graduates and goes to their FURever home is a bittersweet day to be sure. I tend to think on what's true.... that pup is going to change someone's life for the better. There's no denying the PAWSitive effects the pup will have on the life of the recipient.
My years of teaching junior high has equipped me to be loving, yet firm...my students knew this and my pups know this now.
I am dedicated to helping your pup be successful for life.
I use PAWSitive reinforcement to train for service. There are many types of service dogs. Potential services dogs go through rigorous training programs for one to two years.
Your behaviorally sound and well-trained dogs will have easy management techniques, will be socialized with other dogs and people, ready for your loving home.
Group puppy classes are possible by appointment.
"I have a nine year old boy who struggles with emotional issues, anxiety and depression. In speaking to Gretchen, she shared how a service dog could support my son in his emotional meltdowns. She was able to support in finding a litter coming from a therapy dog. Gretchen identified a few pups that had the demeanor and traits that would be a successful service dog. She gave us a few choices and took all of our needs into consideration. We had picked a pup and in visiting that pup a few times, she kept us updated on her growth and development and if that pup was still matching the criteria we had set up. In one of the visits, it became clear the pup we chose would not meet the hypo-allergenic needs of our family. Gretchen walked us through this decision. We ended up taking our second choice pup.
Gretchen has been instrumental in our pups safety, training, and on going support. Our dog, Roxie had contracted a parasite at the breeder site and she was quick to notice the change in Roxie. She immediately treated Roxie with the support of her veterinarian. Gretchen kept us updated on Roxie’s training with videos, pictures and facetime. When we picked up Roxie at 4 months of age. It was so helpful to have the basic service training completed. Roxie has been successful in accessing community sites of grocery stores with my son. Roxie helps my son calm down through deep pressure and presence. Gretchen continues to give us advice and support on ways to train Roxie. All of our friends and family comment on Roxie’s training and ask if they can send their dog to Gretchen to be trained as they see how Roxie responds well to commands."
Send me an email to set up a meet and greet, or to make any pup training appointment. If you have a special request, send me a message, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.