I'm Danielle Etzel. I've been a dog fanatic since I was born, growing up in a house full of Pit Bulls, and I got my first dog while I was in high school - a German Shepherd named Frag. He is what really fueled my passion for dogs and dog training, and because of him I learned about all sorts of behavioral issues a dog could have, and how to fix them through positive reinforcement!
Frag and my border collie Recon have earned dock diving titles through Ultimate Air Dogs and Recon competed at UAD Nationals in 2014. Recon and my German Shepherd Patton are currently training in agility, flying disc and Schutzhund, plus dabbling in nose work, flyball, obedience and conformation.
I moved to Kalamazoo three years ago and spent a few years working in animal rescue kennels, handling all sorts of dogs and doing everything from cleaning kennels to medicating, training, and socializing the dogs. It has been a very rewarding experience to get to learn so much about dog behavior and meet so many different types of dogs. I have also worked as a receptionist at Meadow Run Dog Park for two years, and it is really great being able to interact with dogs and their owners for a change. I now know that educating people and helping them work through problems with their dogs is what I want to do for a living.
I frequently have an "extra" dog around the house, since I often foster rescue dogs and am a puppy raiser for future service dogs. My dogs and I love going out for hikes, training at pet stores, or hanging out around the house learning new things. I run a small business on the side making custom dog collars called Fraggle Rock Collars, which tends to keep me busy when the dogs aren't.
It is a real pleasure working with TipTopTails and with you!
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