Let me introduce myself, My name is Marilee Cole

Hi ! I’m Marilee Cole.  If I am going to ask you to entrust me with training you and your dog, you should know something about me.Cheeky Dog Bio pix with Indy and Quinn 1

I have always been a dog lover but over the course of time have learned there is a difference between dog lover and one who is in a relationship and is a protector of their dog.  I am proud to say,  I am in a relationship with all my dogs and it is an evolving one.

I enjoyed a long career in Medical Management and while this paid the bills, my pleasure and passion was and always  is the time spent working with my dogs. I trained and trialed my own dogs for over 12 years to titles in Agility and Herding.  During this time, I became a very active volunteer in Arizona Border Collie Rescue and now serve on the Board and I am currently the Foster Care Coordinator for the Rescue.

Over 13 years ago, I wanted to learn about agility and I knew that Australian Shepherds were a smart and active breed that did very well in the sport.  So, I found Spooky, who quickly became one of my best friends.  We trained together, we traveled together, we did everything together and she is the first of my dogs to teach me about the joys of having a true bond with my dog.  Spooky is now 13 years old and while she no longer competes in agility or herding because of a medical condition, she is my buddy and we still have a connection that cannot be broken.
Spooky was an easy teacher. Some of my dogs are tremendous teachers and, while, I am not always a consistent student,  I am always learning.  I am learning to listen, to read what they are “saying” to me and to not only love them, protect them but to honor them, as well.  My dogs will never know the pain of a shock collar, a prong collar or a choke collar… my relationship is too important and so are they.

Four years ago, I met an incredible trainer, Debby Bohem, to whom I will always be forever grateful.  She taught me how to train with more fun , positive motivation and creativity than I ever imagined.  She also taught me how to view things from  the dogs knowledge and thinking.  Debby opened up a whole new world to me.

Then there is Quinn, who came to me as a 7 week old foster puppy with Arizona Border Collie Rescue.   Quinn was born severely visually impaired, he is blind in his right eye and his left eye is very limited and unable to focus with an optic nerve the size of less than a thread .  But, you know, Quinn doesn’t know the difference !  He loves life, he is full of fun and adventure, he has herded ducks and sheep, he has been to the snow, the river, the ocean, hiking, he loves his bike ride, he LOVES to retrieve,  he knows his basic obedience and he is now (because I have become brave enough to teach him) learning agility.

Quinn and I were blessed to have spent the first year of his life together 24/7 and he trusts me, and has no fear !  He is reactive to dogs that come up on him and we working on that and there is progess !  I realize that not everyone is able to spend the amount of time with their dogs that I have been able to over the last few years and for that I am very fortunate.   Quinn has never had a harsh word spoken to him, he has always had nothing but positive and fun training – anyone, can learn to train in this manner and have success.  Training with fear, pain and intimidation doesn’t build a bond and actually has the opposite effect.  All of my dogs have benefited from the lessons Quinn has taught me to….. be quieter with  a much happier tone of voice and look for fun, motivational ways to achieve what task I  have asked my dogs to perform.  Who wants to listen to a grumpy dictator ?!

Cheeky Dog Obedience Training trains you and your dog with fun, motivational and effective positive methods.  I am a dog lover whose passion is the relationship I have with my dogs and I would enjoy the opportunity to share this with you.

Contact me at :  cheekydogobedience@gmail.com




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