Carol Voelker with Denizen, PJ, Myra, Chetyre, Nystka, Kynetic, and Cats Isabou & Navarre
In 1992 I earned my BS in Education from St. Cloud State University. Where teaching methods and the basics of behaviorism was studied. I rescued my first dog in 1993 and quickly got into the sport of Dog Agility. Within 4 years I had 4 adult rescue dogs, all with different issues. To help them I spent a lot of time and energy researching, attending seminars and classes. It all paid off, earning several top titles from the United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA), and American Kennel Club (AKC), as well as successfully competing in UK Agility International (UKI), Canine Performance Sports (CPE) and North America Dog Agility Council (NADAC).
I started teaching Dog Agility for the St. Cloud agility group (CACM) around 1995, developing a Beginners and Novice Program for them. I moved to Little Falls in 1997 and opened Tails In Motion the next year. At first I only offered agility classes, then in 2007, after receiving many requests, I started teaching Obedience classes. In 2020 I took on line courses from Absolute Dog Academy and earned a Pro Dog Trainer Certificate.
I use concept training games and behavior shaping to develop the good dogs we all want to have. I continue to attend different seminars so I can bring back new ideas to all my students. In 1997 I became a USDAA judge and have judged several Cynosports and internationally. I also judge UKI.
Currently I have 4 dogs. Zyme (Heeler X Border Collie), Keyayra (Pomeranian X Jack Russel Terrier), Adryk (White Shepherd) and Gajyeowa (BC X Heeler). I compete in USDAA and UKI Trials.
Training should not be a chore, it should be fun for both you and your dog.