ABC Dog Obedience Instruction Program Canadian Student of the Month
Shelly Korobanik is an achiever. After suffering a brain aneurysm in 2006, she bounced back and ran a marathon only four months later. In September 2011, Shelly combined her love of fitness and dogs, and began her canine fitness business Pooch Partners® in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada. In 2012, she decided to become an ABC certified trainer in order to offer more obedience training services to her clients. Shelly excelled in the ABC program, completing her book stages at a record pace and graduating with honors.
- What services do you offer as a trainer?
I offer group and private training sessions, which are just one of many services I offer through Pooch Partners. Pooch Partners’ goal is to help reduce dog obesity by offering a variety of outdoor fitness activities for dogs and their humans to do together. We offer: fitness classes, boot camps, learn to run, canicross, skijoring, weight-pulling snowshoeing and hiking; all of which incorporate dog obedience.
Plus, we have an annual Doggie Duathlon and this year a new trail hiking/running series that is focused on being non-competitive to appeal to the masses to come out, have fun and stay active. Our motto is “Workout with the best training partner ever—your pooch!” and that is what we promote.
- When and how did you know you’d be a success in the pet industry?
When I was 18, I thought of how to incorporate my passion for animals and fitness; but there was no way to make a living at it in the small town I lived in. So, although it has taken me a long time to follow my life passions and create Pooch Partners, I always knew it would be successful—and more importantly, I love it.
- What has been your most rewarding moment as a dog trainer?
Clicker training is such an incredibly fun and rewarding training technique compared to traditional training. Seeing my clients enjoy the simple pleasure of having their dogs learn in a positive environment, and the dogs themselves having fun learning.
- How did you hear about the ABC program and what convinced you to become certified?
I searched the Internet, looking for a training program that would accommodate my schedule. Working fulltime plus running two businesses, my schedule was incredibly busy so having the ability to work at my own pace was essential to my selecting the ABC program.
- How has your experience been since becoming an ABC Certified Dog Trainer?
Since becoming an ABC Certified Dog Trainer and offering obedience packages, my experiences have been great. I also found volunteering at the local SPCA so enjoyable and rewarding that I continue to volunteer there on a weekly basis, clicker training the dogs. And I offer a free session to anyone who adopts from the SPCA.
You can visit Shelly’s website here at: http://www.poochpartners.ca/