When Frontier K9 first started, I wanted to create a bond that was one-on-one and have a lesson plan specifically tailored to your needs and your dog’s needs. With that model, Frontier K9 has become very successful and has grown in a positive reputation all over Central Indiana.
However, I’ve had some clients express to me the need to try a group setting.
Why would you consider a group obedience training class?
You don’t get out around other dogs much with your dog
Your dog needs socialization
You feel the need for an extra challenge of the distractions
You like to learn from others
Over the past weekend, I gathered some of my clients that I knew were close to or on the same level with their training. Some were younger dogs, some were a little older. Some had never been around other dogs besides walking down the street, and some might not like a specific type of dog. The weather was beautiful and every met at the farm at Frontier K9 for a whole new experience.
And it was a success!
With the weather cooling off, I love taking advantage of being outside (also makes social distancing with the pandemic easier), and I love the extra challenge that being on the farm can bring to dogs that need more experience. There are all kinds of different smells, sounds and sights.
We will be embarking on a limited group class schedule, meeting every other Saturday. Our groups will be limited, so I can be sure that everyone gets the attention from me that they need. We’ll have drop-in observers with experience that can help as well (my mother, a lifelong dog breeder and trainer, observed our first class).
If you have been looking for a hybrid training schedule of a group environment, but also some private lessons, feel free to reach out to Frontier K9!
This is the story of a rescue puppy that made his way to Frontier K9 and into the hearts of owner, Erin and her husband, Jerry. As well as the rest of the family and everyone he meets. Imagine being a small puppy, somewhere between maybe 2-2 1/2 months old (vet took a guess and put his birthday at 2/24/21). Your short life has probably been one of confusion, heartache and pain with possibly no real home. This is how we guess Goose’s young life started out, until an angel helped him find his forever home and family.
It all started with a text. Erin was working one evening at the hospital when a text chimed from Jackie Becker, she’s the head of T.B. Rescue & Transport. Jackie sent 2 pics of what she was told was an Australian Cattle Dog (or Heeler), and a message saying, “You’re the only one I know with experience with this breed.” Erin asked what was going on and also informed Jackie that that was not a Cattle Dog. Jackie explained that she had gotten a call from a lady that said her puppy needed a new home. The lady went on to say she had gotten this puppy from a breeder and that she went to take him out to potty and forgot her grass had just been treated, resulting in the puppy having burns. (Side note: They have not used chemicals in lawn treatments that can burn animals or people in many years. It’s against the law.) The lady then said two words that immediately made Jackie and subsequently Erin madder than ever…..”He’s damaged.” She didn’t want him anymore because he was damaged! How can anyone say that about any animal but especially a puppy?
The lady was told to go to Purdue Animal Hospital immediately and have him checked out by the veterinarian on duty to see what was wrong. We won’t go into the detail how this lady got Goose, she named him at least, because her story changed 3 different times and that’s in the past. A phone call to Erin later in the evening from Jackie shared that Goose had burns all over his abdomen, all 4 paws -each pad was burnt as well as in between his toes with some bleeding, and the back of his back legs. What kind of burns they weren’t 100% sure of. Jackie told Erin that the rescue didn’t have any open fosters and her house was full. Erin had already sent the text message and pictures to Jerry while she was at work and asked what he thought and said we could help her out. So while on the phone that evening arrangements were made to have Goose brought to Frontier K9 the next afternoon for fostering, rehab and puppy obedience.
Goose arrived the next afternoon. Erin was shocked at how little he was and appalled at looking at his burns. For a puppy that had been through who knows what, he followed Erin all around, slept at her feet and loved being lavished with love. Purdue had sent him with instructions for triple antibiotic 3 times a day and a half of a Benadryl twice day to make him comfortable. When Jerry came home that afternoon the other dogs were introduced and family was also. Goose quickly settled in and a routine to start potting training started as well. Jerry immediately started researching what breed he could be or mix of. After much research, he is believed to be a Red Tick Coonhound. Erin noticed something wrong with Goose’s front legs and it got noticeably worse as the weekend went on. After consulting with her friend, Dr. Caitlin Ashlock D.V.M. of Tri-County Animal Clinic, it was decided to bring Goose along to a meeting Erin had scheduled at the clinic on Monday. The problem was that the longer Goose was up being active, his front legs would buckle so he essentially knuckled over onto his ankles. Jerry immediately started gently massaging Goose’s legs and doing light stretching to see if that would start helping.
After consulting on Monday with Dr. Ashlock, it was determined that Goose was suffering from Carpal Laxity Syndrome. This is where a puppy is doing either hyperextension or hyperflexion in the front legs. There is no real cause known for it, but in a rescue puppy especially, it can from malnutrition. Dr. Ashlock was certain that with good and proper nutrition, daily exercise and stretching Goose’s legs would be normal in no time. We are happy to report that has been the case and Goose is perfectly normal.
So what about the burns? While there has been no definitive answer on how he got the burns, Jerry, Erin and her mom believe they know how he got them and another reason why his front legs knuckled over besides malnutrition. Urine scalding. Just like humans, if an animal sits in it’s own urine and feces long enough they will get burns. Jerry has a theory that Goose was kept in a small cage, one that he could not stand all the way up in and that he was also kept in a dirty cage. So as you can see, this puppy had a rough start to his life. But that didn’t keep him from loving life and loving people.
Once Erin got the ok from the vet that he was healthy and would heal and outgrow his issues, she asked Jerry if he thought she should tell Jackie to go ahead and post him for adoption on the rescue’s page. Jerry looked at her and said, ” Well, I mean I don’t have a problem if he stayed. But it’s up to you. ” Umm really? In the words of Erin’s sister, Megan, “I knew you were going to keep him.” The first time Jerry and Erin foster, they are foster failures in let’s be honest 24 hours. Goose officially became a Dean and a member of Frontier K9 Training May 10, 2021.
So what has Goose been up to in the last couple months? He healed completely in about a week to a week and a half from his burns, he started gaining weight and his legs are straight and strong as can be! Goose has really became Jerry’s puppy. He seems to help fill the emptiness in Jerry’s heart that has been there since last September when we lost his baby girl, Magnum. Goose has not only started on his obedience training but he started his trailing training a couple weeks ago! Jerry is learning from Erin how to trail and to teach Goose and their bloodhound, Irish to trail fallen deer for hunters. When a hunter shoots a deer and they can’t find it, they can call Jerry to have the dogs help track it down. They are also being trained to find lost or missing people as well. Jerry takes Goose to the horse barn with him every night and he’s liking being a farm dog. Goose has stolen the hearts of not only his family, but everyone that meets him and people from around the country through social media. His Coonhound smile and his sweet temperament make him the most loveable boy you’ll meet.
This has been the story of Goose. The rescue puppy nobody wanted but who has become a very big part of his new family’s lives and hearts.
We’ve heard from our clients and we know you’re looking for more ways to enjoy your time with your pup. The possibilities are endless with what you can do to teach yourself and your dog, and we hope that Frontier K9 can be part of that journey.
Starting Summer 2021, we are finally offering our first set of agility classes!
Intro to Agility will be a four week course, hosted at Frontier K9’s home base. Classes will be limited to four dog/handler combinations to allow for a more focused lesson plan.
Prerequisites: + Dog must be up-to-date on vaccinations + Dog and handler must have previously completed a set of obedience lessons with Frontier K9, or have special permission from the instructor. + Handlers must bring their own water bowl, treats, toys and possibly a cage. + Absolutely NO reactive/aggressive dogs will be allowed. We will possibly have multiple dogs working off leash.
Class Details: – We will work on beginner handling skills – Introduce jumps, tunnels and the start of contact equipment – Learn basic terminology
About the Instructor: Agility at Frontier K9 will be led by Erin’s sister, Megan. Megan has been active with agility since 2007, when she moved to Lexington, Ky. She started learning and competing in agility with her Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Dallas Mae (Call name: “Dally”, registered name: PACH2 Frontier’s HonkyTonkBaDonkADonk RN, NF, PAX). With Dally, Megan qualified and competed in the American Kennel Club’s National Agility Championships three years in a row: Reno in 2012, Tulsa in 2013 and Harrisburg in 2014. Dally earned two Preferred Agility Championships (PACH) prior to her semi-retirement in late 2014 due to Megan’s pregnancy. Dally and Megan also competed at Canine Performance Events (CPE) and AKC Rally (earning her Rally Novice title).
Megan’s second agility partner is LaMesa (Mill Creek’s Chyna Rust, RN, NF, MXS, MXJS, CAA), an 11 year old Swedish Vallhund. LaMesa has, so far, been Megan’s biggest challenge, overcoming training and physical issues. The pair have been in the top 10 for agility Swedish Vallhunds, qualifying for the American Kennel Club Agility Invitational, a special invite sent only to the Top Five agility dogs of each breed, in 2018. Unfortunately, the pair could not travel to Orlando due to LaMesa’s battle with Lyme Disease. Megan is currently working on LaMesa’s conditioning in hopes of launching another comeback to the agility ring in hopes of finishing their Master Agility Championship.
Finally, Megan’s possible third partner is Rhys (CH Hightower Frontier’s SmoothAsBourbon), her 3 year old Swedish Vallhund male. Rhys recently finished his conformation championship and is currently (casually) working towards his Grand Championship with both Megan and his professional handler at the end of the leash. In May, Rhys took a Group Third in the Herding at the Kokomo Kennel Club with Megan, giving her a huge thrill. Megan has waited for Rhys to mature mentally, and physically, prior to starting his agility training, and is slowly teaching him skills in hopes of adding a new title to his name in the near future.
Agility classes will start Tuesday, June 29.
Tuesdays, 6:30 pm EDT June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20 $60 per 4-week session
For all of us at Frontier K9, every day is a celebration of the dog. However, thanks to Lisa Wiehebrink of Tails that Teach, every May 20 is National Rescue Dog Day, and it’s a day where I love to celebrate my clients and their loveable pups.
You know that saying of, “Who rescued whom?” There’s a reason why pup-parents of rescue dogs like to say that. There’s something special about the bond between a rescued dog and their new owner/parent. I wish I could explain it, but it’s like there’s mutual appreciation for giving a new leash on life.
Rescue dogs each have a unique story: their previous owner passed away, their previous family moved away, allergies prevented a relationship from growing, finances meant difficulty to provide… Whatever the reason, rescue dogs only know their worlds have been turned upside down. Some may have behavior issues. Others may have physical health issues. It’s important that we, as their humans, take the time to discover those issues and the why.
I take in rescues for retraining and rehab, in hopes of providing them a better route to their new lives.
And, then sometimes I have foster failures. Meet Goose, a Coonhound-mix puppy that I took in after he was relinquished by his previous owner due to some sort of chemical burns on his belly and paws. Her story was that he was “damaged.” Was he injured? Yes. Damaged? No. His spirit is every bit alive. After just one week of rehab with me, including veterinary trips and salves, he has completely healed. And, he has found a new home…ours. That’s right, my husband has a soft spot for a hound dog, and is already planning to train Goose to track deer and use his scent skills, along with our Bloodhound Irish.
That’s Goose’s story, and his new leash on life…the newest member of Frontier K9. I can’t wait to share his story with you as he continues to discover his path with his family.
So, how can you help rescue dogs? You don’t have to necessarily give them a home every time, I understand there are limitations. But, here are a few things you can do to help celebrate National Rescue Dog Day everyday, thanks to NationalRescueDogDay.com:
ADOPT: If there is room in your life for a dog, consider adopting and giving one a forever home.
FOSTER: Many dogs abandoned to shelters benefit from socialization, or would just thrive better away from the shelter environment. Others may be in need of some medical care or rehabilitation in a home setting before an adoption can take place.
HELP A SHELTER: Shelters always need support. In addition to financial donations, shelters have a list of much needed items such as blankets, toys, treats, and leashes. You can also host a bake sale, car wash, or other event to raise funds for the shelter.
VOLUNTEER: Help out at your local shelter. Taking dogs for walks, grooming, and giving them plenty of affection improves their socialization.
SPAY/NEUTER: Be responsible for your pets. Overpopulation is the number one reason shelters exist.
EDUCATE: Teach young children the importance of kindness, unconditional love, and responsible care of all animals.
Have you ever wondered what exactly Schutzhund is? No it’s not a German delicacy. However, it is one of the longest running sports in Germany, and one that I love.
You can’t talk about Schutzhund without talking about the breed that started it all…the German Shepherd dog. The GSD is what Schutzhund was developed for. Captain Max von Stephanitz was the man that bred the first German Shepherd back in the 1890’s. Captain Max von Stephanitz dedicated his life to the breed and he is the one that created the sport of Schutzhund. With the industrialization of Germany in those years, breeders promoted the use of the breed for military and police work. Captain Max von Stephanitz was concerned that change of GSD’s going from being herding dogs, which they were bred for, to careless breeding of the dogs and promoting traits like mental instability which is a undesired trait.
With those concerns, Stephanitz founded Verein fur Deutsche Schaferhunde (German Shepherd Association) also known as SV. With the SV, he developed the Schutzhund test. The Schutzhund test was developed to emphasize the correct working temperament and the ability in the GSD. The first trial was held in Germany in 1901. Trials continued in Germany because it was believed this was the way to help produce dogs of the highest quality and help eliminate any lines that didn’t have the temperaments that were desired and those that couldn’t/wouldn’t be able to handle the work load the German Shepherd was born to have.
Sine the development of the SV and the first trial, many other countries have adopted Schutzhund as a sport and a test of working dogs. Working dog associations have also adopt it. Due to this reason, International rules were established and they are administered by the Verein fur Deutsche Hundesport, also called VDH (German Shepherd Sports Association). When that GSD arrived in the U. after WWII, Schutzhund didn’t follow it. We didn’t see the first sight of the sport until the 1970’s when a German immigrant made the first Schutzhund club in the U.S.
The history of Frontier K9 Training is a simple one, really. Let us begin with our name. Frontier K9 comes from my parents’ show kennel name: Frontier Kennels. My parents bred and showed Golden Retrievers, even owning one of the top Golden Retrievers in the nation: Ch. Tempo’s Frontier Bronco.
When I decided to start my training business it seemed only fitting to pay homage to the people who instilled the love of dogs into mine and my sister’s lives. My parents, Hank & Michelle Arszman, never pushed us to get into dogs, but they were excited when I became a Search and Rescue (SAR) handler and then a police K9 handler. It was only fitting to have Frontier as part as my name as well.
My step-grandfather and my grandmother, Bill and Shirley Worley, owned Sun Dance Kennel in Westfield, which was just down the road from us. They also opened the first two dog obedience training schools in Central Indiana. I remember many nights going with my parents to train show dogs and puppies at their facility. I remember Bill had black German Shepherds–father and son. Condor, the father, never let me out of his sight when I was little. I have no doubt that is where I get my love of working dogs from. I always wanted a black German Shepherd, and now black Belgian Malinois, because of Condor.
My great-grandfather raised and showed English Bulldogs, and yes, I have always wanted one of those as well. My great-grandmother raised Standard Poodles. My family has a long line of handlers, breeders, trainers and AKC judges. However, even with this history, my parents, nor my family, has ever pushed me into the dog world. I chose to follow a passion, a calling that just seemed natural. Not only for me to handle dogs and train my own, but to help others have a great relationship with their dogs.
This is how Frontier K9 Training came to be. The future and the past come together to help you and your canine friend build your bond.
The holidays are all about giving, and I implore you to help a cause near and dear to my heart. I volunteer time as a trainer and evaluator to help the Humane Society of Clinton County in Frankfort, Indiana, and in the past week these two mommas came to the humane society in desperate need for love and care.
The Pitbull momma was used as a bait dog for dog fights, and has since had nine puppies.
The Pyrenees momma was a stray and had three puppies.
The mommas need help with nutrition to feed their pups. The puppies, as well as lot of the dogs in the shelter, need toys to help them become socialized and get used to sounds and touch.
For these reasons, I’m starting a Holiday Puppy Supply Drive!
I ask that you donate whatever you can:
Cat litter and old newspapers
Dog food, puppy food, cat food
Over-abundance of raw chicken eggs (great to help add weight to momma)
Canned dog and cat food
Squeaky toys or stuffed animals
Gift cards to be used at the grocery or pet store
Whatever you might have lying around the house
Let’s fill the front lobby of HSCC! While I’m working on drop-off locations, but for now you can drop off donations at the following locations:
Trying to think about the best gift to give the dog owner in your life? May we suggest a gift certificate to Frontier K9 Training?
Of course, any gift that is an experience and educational is a unique choice, but will it be well-received? Here are three questions to ask yourself. We would be happy to discuss options for gift certificates and training sessions to fit any dog owner!
Has your recipient discussed the interest in learning obedience or working with a trainer? This is probably the most important question to as yourself. You do have to be careful giving a gift like obedience lessons because you don’t want to insult the recipient. Perhaps start a conversation about dog training to test out their feelings and intent.
What are your recipient’s training goals? Are you sure that the goals you have in mind are on their mind as well? That can happen if the recipient can’t think of anywhere they would like to go with training. Also, recipients sometimes worry that the gift means there’s undesirable behavior they’ve been ignoring or haven’t noticed. It’s alright to chat with the potential recipient about their dogs openly, and to discern whether or not they see eye to eye with you about their dog’s behavior.
Does the recipient have time to spend on training? We know that time can be a valuable commodity, and while the recipient might have some goals in mind, do they have the time to work on them right now? Check that your recipient has the schedule flexibility for training sessions, and that now is the best time for them to fit them in. This is why Frontier K9 is so unique, because we offer flexible scheduling options for all of our clients.
We encourage giving the gift of a happier partnership between human and canine, but we also encourage that you discuss the idea of dog training before making the purchase. Dog training works best when both the pup and handler are engaged and interested.
Our gift certificates can be printed out for giving in person or sent to you via PDF so you can email the certificate to the receiver for contactless gift giving. Contact us to discuss your gift certificate option today!
It’s back to school season! However, here at Frontier K9 we’re thinking more about dog school than human school.
Right now most families are trying to navigate the complicated new world of pandemic schooling. It can be frustrating and confusing.
Luckily, the school of dog obedience isn’t as confusing and frustrating. That’s because Frontier K9 Training is still here to offer you extensive knowledge and hands-on training like we have since we opened.
Frontier K9 Training is still opening and operating with protocols in place to protect everyone from the concerns of COVID-19.
Weather permitting, all sessions are outdoors, allowing for optimum social distancing spacing and more room to work on necessary skills.
One-on-one sessions can be conducted indoors or outdoors, and consultations are done on an as-needed basis with face mask protocols if requested.
Surfaces are sanitized and hand sanitizer is available at all times.
Some of our clients are starting to build on more than just the basics of sit, stay and heal. So, you can say we’re graduating to bigger and better things: