Tailwaggers' Dog Training
By Our Certified Trainer
On A Spacious Carpeted Training Floor
Certified Dog Trainer: Cheryl Kresge (970) 302-8252
Certified Dog Trainer: Christin Fritzler
Do you want
... A well behaved dog?
...... A better relationship with your dog?
......... A happier dog?
Tailwaggers can help you with these items and more ...
Cheryl has over 11 years of experience with MULTIPLE TITLES and AWARDS on dogs.
Class sizes are limited to 10 dogs.
Each class is 6 sessions. Each session meets for 1 hour per week.
Call for available class times. (970) 353-3736
Click here for a schedule of classes
TAILWAGGERS' TRAINING CLASSES
Puppy Obedience Class
You will learn how to teach your dog the basics like sit, walk on a leash, and come when called. Crate training, potty training, jumping and other useful techniques and solutions will also be discussed. For puppies 4-6 months.
Basic Obedience Class
You will teach your dog everyday commands like heel, sit, down, stay, and come on command. For dogs 5 months & older. Advanced Obedience Class
In this class you will polish your basic skills, learn high jumps and dumbbell retrieving. This class is a good preparation for obedience competition. Prerequisite: Puppy Obedience or Basic Obedience. Agility Foundation Class
This class is designed to introduce you and your dog to the sport of dog agility. Basic foundation skills to strengthen your dog and teach body awareness will be covered as well as introducing all of the equipment. Concepts of shaping will also be covered as well as motivation skills and handling skills. Prerequisite: Puppy Obedience or Basic Obedience. 6+ months of age. Drop-In Classes
All classes are $10.00. No pre-registration necessary. All skill levels welcome!
TAILWAGGERS' TRAINING SERVICES
Obedience: Call the store for dates and times
Rally: Call the store for dates and times
Agility for Fun: Saturday 1:00 – 2:30
Canine Good Citizen
Canine Good Citizen is a certification program that is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. Call for times and availability Show N Go
You may use our training floor during business hours excluding posted class times. Cost: $30.00/month or $5.00/day. Conformation
The Greeley Kennel Club holds classes for those who want to learn to show their dog(s) in conformation and for those who need to train their dogs for showing. Beginners are welcome! Private Lessons
Wednesdays: 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Cost: $5 per class or $20 per month
Having trouble with barking, destructive chewing, house-training, digging or aggression? You will receive individual attention and instruction from our experienced trainer. Call for an appointment.
At Tailwaggers $40.00/hour
I have had five dogs, 4 Siberian huskies and 1 Shiba Inu, take various training classes with Cheryl Kresge. Every dog, as well as me, has benefited from her expertise in positive reinforcement training. One of the Siberians, Denali, has received Colorado State University's Advanced Certification Award given to only the top therapy dogs in the state. Kodiak and Toltec began in Cheryl's Puppy Class and have taken classes such as agility, obedience, rally and Canine Good Citizen. They may soon be following in Denali's paw prints as therapy dogs as well. Cheryl was instrumental in giving our Shiba Inu a life. Before she worked with him, he was totally afraid of everything--noises, smells, people--shaking uncontrollable with every new, or even old, thing that scared him. He was able to become a happy, well-adjusted dog that never had the "shakes" again. In all the 60 years I have had dogs, I have worked with many, many trainers--some excellent, some not so good. I would give Cheryl Kresge an excellent rating and will continue to take my present dogs, and any I would get in the future, to Cheryl for training classes.
Mary Lois Knisely
Cheryl Kresge is what everyone should look for in a great dog trainer.
Her training techniques are based on positive reinforcement, deep
knowledge of dog behavior and are always customized to the individual
dog based on their personality, age and any behavior issues. Her goal
is that the dog becomes a well behaved member of his family.
I have worked with Cheryl Kresge, the professional trainer at Tailwaggers, for the past two years. Cheryl has always been professional and maintained an excellent working relationship with the dogs and owners I have observed at her classes. Her training techniques focus on positive reinforcement and she stresses fun for both the dogs and trainer/owner. I have never seen Cheryl use or recommend harsh training techniques such as “shock collars”. My dog is an Australian Shepherd and is intelligent, very high energy, and has issues common to herding dogs. Cheryl has helped me to understand why the dog behaves as he does and how to work with him and maintain my sanity and his. I highly recommend Cheryl to anyone desiring help with obedience, rally, agility, or behavioral issues.
I first worked with Cheryl Kresge 11 years ago when I needed to train my first dog, Lady.
I had never trained a dog before and it was great to find a trainer as knowledgable
as Cheryl. She helped us learn basic obedience that we used every day. Last year I got a
new puppy, Cocoa, and wanted to brush up on how to train a puppy. I took Cocoa to the
puppy and obedience classes offered at Tailwaggers, and she has learned a lot! I've also
gotten started with agility and rally at the drop in classes. Cheryl has been extremely
helpful in fixing Cocoa's behavioral problems. Cocoa is very fearful of strangers and can
be possessive of me and toys. Under Cheryl's training and help, Cocoa is getting more
comfortable around strangers and she has not gotten possessive over anything in over a
month. She is turning into an amazing dog and I hope to compete with her in rally and
agility. None of this would be possible if we didn't have such a great trainer who really
understands dogs and how to get the best out of them. If we didn't have Cheryl I might
have had to get rid of Cocoa because I couldn't have handled those problems on my own.
Two years ago I adopted a Weimaraner from a rescue in Denver. When I first got Belle, she knew only a few obedience commands, was extremely difficult to walk on a leash, and was very nervous about other dogs. A friend suggested I take her to Tailwaggers and take classes with Cheryl. I followed my friend's advice and signed up for a basic obedience class. Cheryl immediately impressed me with her ability to make connections with dogs who were obviously nervous and agitated. Cheryl has helped Belle and I tremendously. I can take Belle for walks without feeling like I'm going to get drug around the neighborhood. We have also started taking agility classes with Cheryl, which Belle absolutely loves. I'm very pleased with our progress, and I'm glad that I followed my friend's advice and started taking class with Cheryl.
Meet Cheryl Kresge
I hold a B.S and 2 years of graduate school with a focus on psychology and learning theory. I have worked as a professional dog trainer for over 11 years. During that time I have worked with many different types of behaviors and temperaments. Working for the local humane society several years back, I re-habilitated and re-homed over 100 dogs who would have otherwise been destroyed. I helped hundreds of dog owners keep their dogs who were ready to give them up because of behavioral issues. I have also been a Mentor Trainer for the Animal Behavioral College for close to 5 years.
Meet Christin Fritzler
My philosophy is to always use the least aversive action first. In other words, why use something else if a simple uh uh will do the trick? The dogs personality must also be taken into account. A timid dog may not be able to handle even a loud voice command without shutting down, but on the other hand a strong minded dominate dog may blow you off or push you around no matter how positive or how many cookies you have in your hand.
In the first phase of training, the “learning phase,” I believe it is not appropriate to “correct” a dog for offering you the wrong behavior. I have always believed it is a very good thing for your dog to be offering you behaviors even if they are not what you are asking for. If your dog is confused and offers you something that you were not asking for and you correct your dog, you are in danger of the dog being anxious about offering you something because it might not be the correct behavior. The best plan of action is to ignore wrong behaviors and praise the right behaviors and to always set your dog up for success. It is important to help your dog “get it right” so he/she will want to try again.
Positive reinforcement is a must! The dogs mental state always needs to be taken into account. However, you cannot ignore dangerous behaviors or behaviors that can turn dangerous if they are allowed to continue.
Equipment used in my class is dependent on your dogs temperament and your control over your dog. We use lots of positive reinforcement so they do go through a lot of food rewards. We also use toys as an alternative to food rewards.
Most dogs complete the six weeks on a regular buckle collar. Some moderate pullers may need a martingale, or the no-pull harness, and in few cases I will suggest the prong collar if needed. I have done extensive research on the prong collar and have concluded that it is not inhumane or dangerous if properly used. Dogs have been injured using the head halters from whip lash, plus it seems like dogs who train on the head halter are only held in place and tend not to “learn“ how to behave without it on. So the head halter is not my first choice. I do not advocate choke collars, but if you come to my class and have previously learned to use it and know how to use it properly, I will not insist that you take it off. However, I may suggest that you try something else. I have never used or allow shock collars.
In summary, positive reinforcement is a must! You will go through a lot of cookies and treats in the first phase of training. Everything you do with your dog must be based on your dog's temperament and what he/she is able to handle mentally. I have a lot of experience with fear based dogs and building up confidence levels. Good behaviors must be rewarded and dangerous behaviors must be stopped. It is important to learn to communicate with your dog in a way he/she understands to avoid confusion on the dog's part and to avoid frustration on your part. If you have an aggressive dog who is dangerous to other dogs or people, I will refer you to an Animal Behaviorist who specializes in aggression.
My goal is to help you to have a well rounded dog who is a pleasure to live with.
I began training dogs when I was just a little girl. I fell in love with the sport of dog agility and was willing to do anything to get my dog running in the ring. As time progressed, I became the proud owner of an Australian Shepherd and a Border Collie. Over the past ten years with these dogs, I have obtained over 30 titles on them in competitions. I continue to compete in agility with my dogs and am exploring other fun ways to train with dogs including herding, freestyle, rally obedience, and nosework.
As I learned more about dog training, I developed my own training style and methods that I have found to work for most dogs and provides the dog with optimal understanding. I opened a dog training business in 2010 and began teaching mostly agility lessons as a contractor. As time progressed, I decided to earn a certification in obedience training at the Animal Behavior College (ABC) in order to continue my dog training career with certification. During my time at ABC, I was introduced to Cheryl Kresge at Tailwaggers. She offered me a position as a Dog Trainer and I have been happily training there since 2013.
My training philosophy is based on positive reinforcement and minimal correction use. I believe in helping the dog understand what we are looking for by rewarding the good behaviors and ignoring the bad. Dogs will use common sense and engage in those very rewarding behaviors and begin to engage less in unrewarding behaviors. We need to teach our dogs exactly what we want them to do before we can ever correct a behavior. It is our job to give our dogs a reason to behave in a way more suitable for us – and with that comes many treats!
I believe dog training should be fun for both the owner and the dog. I have knowledge of many training styles from positive reinforcement and shaping to more “traditional" methods. Through my continued research and experience – I have found that dogs respond best to positive reinforcement methods. All dogs and owners are different and I prefer to work on an individual level, finding what works best for each team. Dog training is not cookie cutter and everyone is different.