1999 - 2015
Allie (CGC, TDI) was born in October of 1999. She was abandoned in December of 1999 as an 8-10 week old puppy tied to a picnic table in the snow at a local shelter.
Allie is known as a 'cross-over' dog. She was adopted by Joann and was initially trained the 'traditional way' until 2001 when Joann began using clicker training. They never looked back! While Allie's training doesn't rely on the clicker, she still enjoys a fun clicker session to shape a new behavior. Ask anyone who has seen Allie shape a behavior -- she is without a doubt a pro!
Allie has quite a repertoire under her belt: Her skills include all the basics of sit, down, stay, come, heel, leave it, drop it, park it, sit pretty, wait. She also has numerous tricks in her skill set such as walk the puppy, get a snack, take a bow and dunk the ball.
Allie earned her AKC Canine Good Citizen certificate in October of 2001 and was certified by Delta Society for all levels of Animal Assisted Activities and Pet Therapy from 2004-2008. In 2008, she earned her certification through Therapy Dogs International.
She & Joann provided the Reading Education Assistance Dog Program (R.E.A.D.) at Beavertown Elementary School in Kettering, Ohio from 2004-2008.
Allie's reliability is astounding! She routinely assisted Joann with behavior modification cases and is a pro when it comes to working at a distance on her own while Joann attends to the client.
She has appeared in a television commercial and several print ads and is now retired from assisting with clients.
Allie passed away on March 29, 2015.