I have been involved with animals since I was a little girl. I have had everykind of pet, including a pet chicken name Lissy. In themid 1980s, I started raising Maltese. I have had one of these little lap dogs ever since.
From 1986 - 1999 I worked at Essington Rd Animal Hospital in Joliet, IL. During those years, I workd in many different capacities. I was an assistant to our vet in surgery. I also assisted in the day-to-day treatment of our sick cats and dogs. I took patient information and vitals in the exam rooms. I worked Back in the Kennel caring for our boarding cats and dogs. I fed, exercised, and bathed our boarders. I filled prescriptions as well as covered our front desk. I later became the office manager where I managed the day-to-day operations of our animal Hospital as well as oversaw the boarding kennel and it's staff.
I became interested in Dog Obedience and Dog Behavior while raising Maltese. Shortly after joining the staff at Essington Rd, I began group obedience classes. Private lessons and Board & Trains were added later. During this time, I attended dozens of behavior and training classes and seminars. I am a member of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers.
After moving to Chillicothe in 2001, I had the opportunity to train our of North Fork Animal Hospital. After 5 months, I outgrew the space. By October, I was training in a 1200 sq ft facility downtown on E 2nd St. Positively Gone To The Dogs was born. In January 2002, Doggie Day Care and Weekend Sleepovers were added. Once again, we outgrew the facility. Land was purchased and in April 2003, construction began on our new 4000 sq ft facility here on Owl Creek. In July, we opened the door to our new "Bed & Biscuit" and training facility.