Whitesburg Animal Hospital is pleased to offer the following American Kennel Club® training programs:
The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program is open to puppies under the age of one. The CGC and CGCA programs are rapidly growing, nationally recognized programs that stress responsible pet ownership and basic training and good manners for dogs.
Shea Baker, our certified canine obedience trainer, conducts each of our classes. Classes are seven weeks long, one hour per week, with testing on the 7th week. Upon completion, owners will be able to send the appropriate paperwork to the AKC and receive their S.T.A.R. Puppy, Canine Good Citizen, or Community Canine Certificate. Private training sessions are also available for dogs who need one-on-one training.
Contact us today for more information or to register your dog for classes.
Shea Baker joined Whitesburg Animal Hospital in 1995 as a part-time kennel attendant. Over time, she began floating as a receptionist and eventually as a veterinary assistant. She began working full-time in 1999.
Shea’s love for animals and desire to learn helped her pursue her interest in canine behavior and training. “The best part of my job as a trainer is being able to teach dog parents how to better communicate with their furry children. Learning how to better determine what they are thinking, why they are doing something, and what we can do to have the best lifetime relationship possible.”
Twelve years ago, Shea decided to foster a Pit Bull until a permanent home could be found; her name is Satine. Shea also has two Boxers, Rouge and Roarke. Both Boxers keep Shea on her toes, as Rouge has proven to fulfill her breed description as the clown and Roarke is still a puppy.
Shea is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). She has received her certification to teach from the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).