Episode 7 – Jodi Kellar

Jodi Kellar

Jodi Kellar, the owner of Kellar’s Canine Academy, holds 2 Masters Degrees where she extensively studied educational & behavioral theories. She is a certified dog trainer & mentors future trainers as well as serves the canine community. She is an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen, STAR Puppy & Trick Dog, Do More with Your Dog Instructor, Pet Partner Therapy Team evaluator, certified One Mind Dogs Instructor & is a judge for WCRL & UKI. Jodi makes training fun & challenging for all dogs. She plays at local & national competitions in multiple venues with her two beagles (Maggie & OBX) & two border collies (Sundae & StellaDora).

Kellar’s Canine Academy Website: http://kellarscanineacademy.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dedicated2CanineCompanionship/

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Jodi Kellar, the owner of Keller’s canine Academy, holds two master’s degrees, where she extensively studied educational and behavioral theories. She’s a certified dog trainer and mentors future trainers as well. A serves the canine community. She’s an evaluator for the A K C canine, Good Citizen, star puppy and trick Dog. Do more with your dog instructor, pet partner, therapy team evaluator and certified one Mind Dogs instructor and is a judge for the W, C R L and UK I. Jodi makes training fun and challenging for all dogs, and she plays at local and national competitions in multiple venues with her two beagles and her two border collies. Hey, Jodi, welcome to the show. Hi. Thank you for having me. Yeah, I’m really excited to have you. So you were with Keller’s Canine Academy in New Jersey. Why don’t you kick us off and tell us a little bit of out you and your background and how you got into this? So I haven’t been a teacher for 21 year. I became a school library in a few years ago, I believe in always growing and learning. So I went back to school to get my second Masters degree. Could become a school library. Back in 2000 and three, I adopted my first adult belt and she was abused. She was the reason that I decided I was going to decide to also teach people about their dogs and teach dogs themselves. So I also went back to school in adult trading program in 2000 and five to become adultery in 2000 and six. I began as a pet dog trainer, where I also learned more about dog sports and other things that you can accomplish with your dog after you’ve gone through some basic understanding of your dog and how they learn. And this really became a guide for me, as well as the fact that I’ve been a teacher and an educator for so long, I understand how to write curriculums, and I understand learning theory and the learning process, and all of that brought me to open up my own school. Throughout all of my education, both being the student and being a teacher, I have grown to understand learning theory and the process of learning in a more significant way, and therefore I was able to bring the process to other people in my school in a way that waas very beneficial to them. As a team. I really love the connection. 21 years of being an educator, your first dog in 2000 and three. Your love for learning and teaching is a perfect fit, in my opinion. And so I really, really love what you’ve been able to dio in really a short amount of time. So you said you started Keller’s Canine Academy in 2000 and six wanting to focus on dog sports. Why dog sports and tell us a little bit about what that is because I don’t know that everybody knows what that is, So give me a little bit of history and background on that. You are a wonderful way to expand your companionship and you’re in your bond with your animals and take a step back because there’s some important things that need to be accomplished before you can really get to the place. I think when I opened Canine Academy, I looked at the way that a lot of dogs and people were being taught. I loved it, a lot of the curriculums in the area as well as online, and I gave it some thought, and I decided that it wasn’t the way that I thought that dog learned that. And I did not think that it was the way that you can build working relationship and the bonds that you need in order to learn anything. It always your dog. So instead of teaching obedience first, which is what a lot of schools do, I decided that I would rewrite the entire curriculum and start off by teaching people and awareness for what their dog was understanding. So my goal was to teach people how their dog sees the world and how their dog learns so that they could get that bond and that communication down and really teach them anything. In my opinion, the foundation is the understanding in the communication between the human and the dog. Once you have established that, you can teach a dog anything, and the human understands what the dog days learning from the experience so they engage their thinking. So I think the reason that tellers Canine Academy group so quickly and so fast that I created a shift in thinking kind of shifted learning because I taught people that in order to teach their dog, they need to understand what their dog is, learning that we started with some basic things, like teaching people that where’s he placed, the reward has an effect on whether the dog can repeat the behavior. So if you want your dog to come in and stand next to you, you wouldn’t throw the reward forward you would reward right next to you. For example, the placement of reward was something that we worked on. Attention on the handler is something that we work on in the beginning of our classes because just like the human student, if you don’t have the attention of your learner, you aren’t really taking the person. You’re just teaching the space or teaching the dog. So it is important that the first understand what does it look like when my dog is learning. What does it look like when my dog is listening? What is little like when my dog is distracted? And do I need to get my dog attention first so that they’re ready to learn another In a state of enjoying the learning experience, which I think is also very important, like what we have kids go to kindergarten, for example. It’s all about enjoying the learning experience for a dog starting out in training all the way through training. It should be about enjoying experience. If they are enjoying the learning in kindergarten and their basic manners, they’re gonna want to continue to learn with you, and you can teach them anything. If we don’t take down, we don’t teach stays. We don’t teach any of that. In our basic manners class, we teach dogs how to show that they’re learning to show that they’re paying attention. We teach them when an activity is done with the release. Q. We teach them some great games so that they have some fun going in and out of their crazy and some basic manners they need for life in general. But my little secret is that really, When they’re doing all of this, what I’m really teaching them is that the communication between the human is really, really important. And we have to teach dogs that because they’re not a verbal. So we have to teach them that valuable things come from their human, and that’s where the bond comes in. So when you have taught the dogs that they start to feel like this is a wonderful experience, they’re learning it, they are embracing it, and they are internalizing it so that later on, maybe they don’t need rewards because just working with their human itself is rewarding. And then sometimes, of course, they will need rewards. We all like to be rewarded for a job well done. Yeah, it’s very true and very fascinating to me. At first, Let me just start by saying what a challenge you had ahead of you when you started this. Because as people, we get used to what we know and what we’re told, and we don’t like change. And what you did is you were like, I don’t agree with any of these standard practices. I’m going to just turn everybody upside down. I’m going to show him a different way like that was the way that worked for you and what you believed in your philosophy. And so for me, I see that as a really big challenge because you’re trying to change how people in your community think about training their dog, and that couldn’t have been easy. But I think your background in education definitely helps you with that, right. You really put down some thoughts and you made that curriculum and you really thought it through from beginning to end based on what you know, based on what you saw or didn’t see happening in this case. And so I love that beginning story, and one of the things I really find fascinating is that you’re not doing basic obedience first, and that’s what the general public think. They’re like, Oh, I need to take him to an obedience class. I need to teach them to sit and stay in shape and all of those things, and you’re saying, Well, that’s important. You can’t get to that until you focus on manners and communication again. I think it’s brilliant, something I certainly never thought of five under a couple dogs in my life and I never even to this day until you mentioned it. What I have thought, There’s a better way to do that. And you’re right. Communication is everything. So I want to just applaud you in taking something that we’ve thought of the same way for years and years and years and really flipping that to reach those in your community. So congratulations on that. Thank you. I think you’re something that a lot of dull traders had already done. They just didn’t bring it to their classes. They just would start off by teaching, use obedient skills. I see a lot of dog trainers of all. I see that they do a lot more with their own dogs, and they don’t always know how to turn that into something they can teach other people, which I’m pretty good at because I’m a teacher. But you can be a dog trainer and trouble with that teaching element where you know, you did seven different things with your puppy that then when you go to teach a puppy class, you started with number eight for some reason, because you didn’t put all of that into your teaching, even though you were teaching your own dog. I don’t know if that makes sense, but I see that with a lot of traders, it takes a little while for them to back up and say, Okay, what did I do? And how can I globalize that? So I could bring all different kinds of dogs and not just this one sitting in front of me, but, yeah, that has been a really big shift because I have had to spend a lot of mine, explain to people what they need to take Our basic managed class may think when I dog already knows that if it and so on the already most of you know, I think we should start a case of your basic free in your curriculum, and I have to explain to them that Can you do that? Do you understand what the placement of the Lord is? Do you understand the timing of a reward? You have any form of getting your dog’s attention that is not physically grabbing them. Do you have a recall? If you’re running recalls, we make sure that recalls are really fun because recalls are facing issues. This either dog is stressed out and they don’t have a recall when they’re not stressed out. They’re not going to have a recall when they are stacked up. So all of these things, thinking with great kings who teach crazy and because there’s gonna be tons of Elvis to be integrate, you might want to create above all the time. That’s fine. But if you’re gonna break a leg in the past, it has to be in the crate and they’ve never been in one before. You really created a difficult situation for your dog. Well, I think all of these things, like, kind of explain to people in their crime. And I have to explain using reasons that they’re important and get about buying. So there are people who have been 30 need equipment. Earlier, when I asked him all these questions like, Oh, my God, never done already. Call off leash. No, I don’t know if my daughter would come around Distractions. How do you get your attention now? I have no idea what they are. All the things are nothing. They will give a fine. I think I’m gonna do the basic point. And then sometimes they get a decent suit. Maybe they’ve done some of us, and now they can apply what they learned in the state. The warm class and all day to is obedience skills. We find it to get a lot farther than if they were to do it the other way around. We’re getting people into significantly further steps doing from finishes and attention around a lot of the approaching in a 20 foot recalls. We can’t get the handle of fast enough. They’re not hesitating because they built a vindication of the bond. First, everything else becomes just basically as I have another trainers will be a turkey says it’s just another trick. Anything you want to do with your dog with 15 others have feeling walking on a loose leash. It’s really just another brexton like that certain that he actually coined. And that makes sense. Once you think about the bond in the communication, just another trick, like I would never consider sitting just another trick. Like for me, that’s basic. And so I think of tricks, as in some of the stuff you’re doing with the sports and the agility and things of that nature. So again, I think it’s just a mind shift thing for me is what I’m leaning towards with all of that. One of the things that I am always really curious about is you guys do puppy training and then adult training. So my question to you is what is the main difference when you’re working with puppies versus working with adult dogs? When you have a puppy training, you help me about above this physically under four months and under maybe six months and under. We have puppies in the last six months. Younger, when you’re really during all the property is your building. The body had a communication. When you have puppies that are certain ages, they have these fear inside phases. They really need to learn that the world is a safe place to explore. They don’t at that age have baggage that you need to say. OK, well, maybe they’re already at the end of the leash, sparking. They’re kind of a blank slate, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to show them through socialisation that the world is a faithful, so doing everything from having them walk in a different surface to hearing different noises, to breeding different people to having a place time where they recall off the play and come back to their handlers. And then they get to go on play again. So they learn. Hey, recalls are just a wonderful thing and you could do that because puppies they’re still playing a don’t don’t can’t always play together. Not every dollar he’s going to want to play with other dogs. And that’s perfectly fine. When we have adult dogs to come into Training day from the shelter. We don’t always have their background. Our primary objective. Will we get started? Bear, just like copies, is to build their communications in the safety in the world will do it in a different way, where the doctor learning more to focus on their handlers as they’re kind of security, like it almost in the world. So they come out of the shelter, they come out of wherever they were before, and they’re not quite sure that has been going on. But they still need to teach them. The human is there, go to for everything, but they’re not always going to need all of this exposure to all of these different things. A lot of times a party walked into the services they’ve already heard different sounds and Birdie got all of that, and we don’t have another background. But we build up their confidence in a different way, and sports can be a great way. Puppies are really good at learning a lot of the basis of force, even if they’re not physically able to do the sports themselves. They can learn a lot about the actual field, for example, facilities without any of the equipment. And if you’re doing something like growly or edit tricks, poppies are like little sponges. When they want to just learn everything that they’re human has the office. It’s wonderful of the series to be teaching them a lot. Yeah, we often get people and asking when they should start with the hobbies and lighting, answering your puppies, learning from the time you aboard, whatever you’re doing, they’re learning whatever. You’re not doing their learning. You have a puppy and you have them in the great for eight hours a day, and then you walked in and then you put them back in the great they’re learning. What are they learning? You need to ask you about what they’re learning. If you’re not specifically teaching them with your own goals in mind. They’re learning from their environment, and we’re learning from the things that you do and you’re not aware of local learning. If you’re not thinking about it, well, we want to be taken them. All of the wonderful things that are a little well, they’re still that blank sleep and they’re not worried about things and they don’t get any of that baggage. The more we can get ahead about stuff, the better. I think that’s a really good question, and I hope everyone with animals listening to this is really thinking about that, right. It’s like a child. They absorb everything around them and we create habits and routines. And we learned from that. And so I think that is a good question for dog owners to ask themselves. What am I teaching them? Yes, I’m what a learning. You’re not keeping anything. They’re learning about the little your question about sports. I think that is the wonderful leg seems to build their can. You check with their dogs as well as other people. There are a lot of people who decide they’re going to compete because they enjoy the companionship of the other people with their dogs as well. So it really is a big social network of people who might otherwise be sitting home alone like otherwise be lonely. Not just about some of the dog about to find, with other people enjoying them and constantly, like I told him about how great they look a T. And that’s a wonderful benefits to adults. It’s not usually work competition, and it makes it sound like it’s something scary. But it’s really just about people must do. This dies in love, to hang out with other people who have. I think that the bond is important, but it’s not just the bond between the human and the dog. It’s belonging to a group of people who are interested in the same things as you are. And so, to your point, you don’t have to go to competitions and do all of those things. But it is the bond with everybody who’s doing a very similar activity, and so I think you bring up a really good point. I do want to ask. That’s an interesting area for me particularly. But what actually got you into the dog sports? Why focus on all of these things versus maybe just obedience and manners versus dog sports, agility and tricks. Why the combination? So I think a lot of and that is my dog grew. I think it’s really important that people look at what their jobs need in order to be happy and well balanced, and that changes over adult life deflected changes over a person place. And I think that that’s kind of what we’re. All they do is watching my own dogs and walking them grow and sees. We still concede an ability I have a doctor doesn’t really enjoy. I e had to really take a step back in the business he needed in order to be happy and balanced, and I found that that was not really working for her. But I still wanted to advance for awareness ALS, your mind in the body and her bond and her ability to grow and be happy. So I found, other than you know, tricks for her that she does improving. You could work for sick and a good citizen title. This is another would be to practice just working with your dog. There’s rallying obedience, and I found it for some dogs, they evolved. They might be really into one sport, and then something changes in their life or in their physical body or your kids, the whole body. Just what’s going on. And you need to be able to look at the dog. What is stalled need right now? What can I do to help our Bond to throw into what you wanted it to be when you got the bill? I think it’s really smart. So if you were to say the little listeners, here’s the one thing that I want you to walk away from after today’s conversation, what would that one thing be as we get close to wrapping us up? I think it is just the reason you got a dog because you wanted a companion and a companion is a friend, and you need to continue to evaluate that bond and what your companion needs and what you’re doing as you evolve and grow and be open minded and be ready to try something new, because the reason you got a dog because you wanted to continue if you wanted to companion because you wanted to go swimming with them and they can no longer friends and think about some other things you might need a radio companions. Maybe it would be hiking. Well, maybe get back to the community by visiting hospitals. Is the therapy sample? Yeah, I love that. That’s a great way to wrap up our conversation. Jodi, I really appreciate your time today, and I love what you’re doing over there in New Jersey and your connection to the community and the clients that you serve. Is there anything else that we missed today that maybe you want to talk about before we close the show? No. I think that I was really happy to be here looking. Bring this information to more people and have been think about their dogs in a different way and think about how their dollars learning how other adults do the world so that they can enjoy their content. Attractive adults, more training. It should be a wonderful once on experience. When you’re looking for a trainer, you should be evaluating with their fell off that these are what forms of communication they prefer and do your research once they have in their past and what they focus on your own personal life. That there does, so that you can enjoy the training, training, a experience that you should enjoy, just like, you know, playing Frisbee with your Don’t It should be something that everybody has a good hungry. Yeah, I agree beautifully said. And thank you for joining me today and sharing a little bit more about who you are and what you dio for.

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