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How do you serve precious pets?

  • Pet Boarding
  • Pet Training
  • Pet Daycare

What part of the animal kingdom do you serve?

  • Dogs

On a scale of snail to elephant, what size animals do you work with?

  • under 20 lbs
  • 20-39 lbs
  • 40-79 lbs
  • 80+ lbs

Pet Certifications

  • American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Approved Evaluator (AKC CGC)
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA / CPDT-KSA)
  • National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) Certification

Cat-astrophes happen! What is your cancellation policy?

  • Flexible

Without pet parents, Petmasters wouldn't exist. What discount do you offer our dedicated members? (e.g. 20% off their first session, etc.)

10% Off Daily Dog Boarding! New Clients Only & Buy 1 - Get 1 Free Day of Dog Daycare - New Clients. We also have discounts for multiple dogs, long term boarding and 10 & 20 day discounted doggie daycare packages.

Which part of the country do you serve pets?

McKinney, Texas in Collin County part of the Dallas - Fort Worth (DFW) area.

What year did you begin serving pets?

1994 moved and started business in the Texas area. Prior 5 year experience in California area.

How did you hone your craft?

I owned my first German Shepherd Dog in 1990 and have been in love with this breed ever since. I owe my love of dogs and wanting to help families enjoy their companions for life, to my first GSD, VAVALDI. I taught myself how to train Vavaldi through reading training books and watching video tapes. He helped me open up new doors of interest in my life. I have owned up to 7 German Shepherds at one time along with owning several labs. Many have now passed on to Rainbows Bridge leaving an everlasting impression in my heart. My newest additions are all rescues, there is Drake a GSD, Savannah a cattle dog and my little snuggle bug terrier mix, Gypsy. Most all my dogs have earned their CGC and graduated from intermediate obedience at minimum. I have competed professionally in the Conformation Ring and at Obedience Trials earning various awards. Since 1992, I have participated in rescue work in both California and Texas working with the Humane Society, local shelters, veterinarians and rescue groups. I have been a volunteer Foster Home for the Second Time Around Aussie Rescue Inc. assisted in evaluating & training for suitable placement of these lovable dogs into permanent homes. Now most of my rescue work is dedicated to dogs that are abandon in the country side. To keep my skills up to date I attend dog training workshops and conferences each year learning various methods of training such as clicker training, shaping, targeting and the studying dog behavior. To further expand my knowledge of other dog sports I have also participated in a few tracking and herding workshops. I have published articles in the WGSDC Texas Metro Newsletter. I’m also a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Inc. (APDT), American Dog Owners Association, Inc. (ADOA) and White German Shepherd Dog Club International. I have owned and operated Companion K-9 Dog Services formerly call Wolfsblut Companion K-9 since 1997 in Texas. We mainly did boarding on a small scale in the beginning, while I volunteered for a couple years working at Complete Canine Training with Tracy Atkins. I have an aptitude for understanding the canine mind and their natural ability. Educating the canine requires not only time and patience, but also the ability to evaluate each canine student’s temperament, personality, strengths and weaknesses to determine the best training needed for owner and dog for maximum success. The training goal is to have owners that have an enjoyable companion for life. My other goal is to keep things at a small scale, cage free and a home environment setting in order to keep dogs more at ease during their stay with us. This also gives us the advantage of having more one on one time with dogs that are here. Whether they are training, boarding or in day care. We want your pets to feel as if they are part of our family. It gives them a familiar setting to their own home as well. I find dogs to be less stressed then in a typical kennel environment or in very large training class.

What tip would you give pet parents for working with animals that you've learned as a pro?

Start their training and socializing as soon as you get a pet home. Start out slow but start something so the dog or pup knows you are their pack leader. Every member of the family needs to be involved in the pet training in some capacity. In most cases if you spent the first year or two years working with your pet, you will have a pet you can enjoy for life. They provide so much unconditional love they deserve to be taught to understand the boundaries and rules of your household. These efforts could help prevent dogs from being surrendered to shelters and be in a home for life. Some people make the mistake to wait especially with puppies till they are older. The great thing is puppies learn really quick. It’s best to start early to head off typically puppy behaviors such as jumping, digging, biting and potty issues. Even teaching them to start to walk on leash or simple sits and down when they are small and easy to handle is always better. Don’t wait till you have a 70# dog that is jumping all over you, the kids or the grandparents. Dogs do well with structure and schedules, but dogs have to be taught just like you would teach a child. This is for everyone’s safety and helps promote bonding and trust. Then you can have a happy and well-behaved pet by putting the effort in up front. There are those dogs with behavior issues for whatever the reason. They might need extra work and specialized trainers to help you and your pet. Let trainers guide you for the most success. Whether you have a puppy or adult dog that you have brought home, work with your new four legged family member. If you are unsure of what to do then find a professional to assist you and your pet so you have a well behaved companion for life. You will be happier and so will the dog. Make sure you seek out other services you might need for your pet as well. Have a couple places you select for boarding when you have travel plans and your pet can’t go with you. Maybe you want to send you pet to doggie daycare once in awhile so they can have a day of play and socializing with other dogs and people. Enjoy your dog they can be such great companions.