We’re thrilled to have guest contributor, Kristina Lotz, tell us her story and plans to help hard to place dogs… everywhere! Meet Kristina!
Guest contributor, Kristina Lotz, is a member of the Association for Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and the Dog Writers Association of America. She smartly married a vet technician and groomer, who keeps all of her fur kids (even those with hooves!) happy and heathy. Visit her website at www.afairytailhouse.com. She is also the lead writer for iheartdogs.com, ihearthorses.com and iheartcats.com.
A Fairytale House:
I knew two things: I wanted to train dogs and I wanted to do something that did some good, not just make money. So I became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and then started to think about where there was a need in the pet world. We all know there are a lot of trainers and a lot of rescues.
I see dog training as a community service. Yes, we need to survive too – I have close to $100,000 in student loan debt I need to pay off! Yet, what we do is so much more than a job. It’s about giving dogs a better life. Families a way to communicate with the pets they choose to share their homes with. Most of all, it’s about getting dogs out of shelters and keeping them in homes.
So I started thinking about working with a rescue and training dogs for them. I got weird responses when I asked – we already have one, we do our own training, or just plain no. I didn’t get it. Until a trainer friend of mine was talking to me about how much rescues spend on dog training.
Hold. The. Phone.
Rescues pay for dog training? Dog trainers don’t volunteer their time? I was astounded. It just didn’t seem right. And that’s when A Fairytail House was born. It was about two years ago.
Since then, I have refined the mission and found other like-minded individuals to be founders with me.
A Fairytail House will be a non-profit dog rescue and training facility. Rescues and shelters that have dogs with behavioral issues (and we know that is MOST homeless dogs) will be able to bring them to A Fairytail House for training. FOR FREE.
But it doesn’t end there. When the dog is adopted, the new family will be able to take a FREE training course with us, to help insure that dogs stays in his new home.
There will be options (eventually) for dogs to stay at A Fairytail House when the housing has been built. These will be for the dogs that are reactive, fearful, etc., that are hard to place in foster homes because they need to be separated or that are just so shy they don’t do well in the shelter environment.
For those staying at their foster homes, they can be brought to A Fairytail House for training in private or even group classes!
Sustaining This System
All non-profits received donations, but A Fairytail House knows that can be a hard road – so many people ask for donations now-a-days. So, the other half of the plan is our for-profit business, Fairy Dog Training. These will be the paying clients that come to take obedience, rally, agility and even herding (all positive reinforcement!) at the rescue.
A PORTION OF EVERY PAYING CLIENT’S FEE WILL GO TO SUPPORT THE TRAINING FOR THE RESCUE DOGS.
How great is that? You can afford to bring your dog to class, you’d be paying the fee anyway, but with us, you can feel good knowing you are paying it forward by allowing a homeless dog to receive training, making him more adoptable.
Finally, we will be working hard at promoting the kind treatment of animals. Not just to dog owners, but to everyone. A main focus will be kids. We will have workshops, seminars, and even whole dog training courses geared toward kids and young adults. Statistics show that domestic violence offenders often start with animals. We want to help break this cycle and raise a generation of people that understand how to read animals and respect them.
A plan for the future? A dog training camp where teens work with rescue dogs.
About Kristina N. Lotz:
Kristina Lotz has loved animals her entire life. Her mom used to say “Kristina loves all animals and they all love her.” It was this special connection with pets that made her decide to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). She trains using only positive reinforcement methods and is an advocate for ending correction training and the use of harsh training tools on our best friends. When she is not training, she is writing. Kristina has written for the pet industry since 2009, writing about everything from training and behavior to DIY projects. She especially love to write about rescue stories.
Kristina has owned everything from horses and goats to guinea pigs and birds and of course, dogs and cats. She enjoys competing with her animals and has shown horses, dogs and even sheep. She is a member of the Association for Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and the Dog Writers Association of America. She smartly married a vet technician and groomer, who keeps all of her fur kids (even those with hooves!) happy and heathy. Visit her website at www.afairytailhouse.com