Hey everyone! I'm so glad this site was recommended to me, it's exactly what I've been searching for! People seem to really know their stuff here, and are friendly to boot. I have been studying, formally, to be a dog obedience instructor and trainer for almost a year, however I have been learning and teaching myself about dogs since I was 5. Considering I'm almost 20 that's a lot of information!:dogbiggrin: I have had several dogs in the past, though all but one have since passed on. My very first dog, Blossom, is still with me at 9 years old and is embarking with me on my training journey. She was content to just sit around and watch TV with the family and play fetch for most of her life, and that's honestly all she really did until I got old enough to know what it was I wanted to do with my life. Now she's a student again, with me, after some 8 years of learning almost nothing at all. And she's loving it. I see a spark in her now that she is being trained again that I haven't really seen since she was much younger. It's that spark that makes training such a rewarding and fun experience, accomplishing our goals one step at a time. My favorite thing is seeing the little cogs whirling in her head while she tries to figure out how to get the click, and watching her rapid fire off all her behaviors, trying to see if perhaps one of them might work as they did in the past.:msnblushing: In the future, once I am settled into my own place and have my life well established, my dream is to adopt a retired racing greyhound. There are only a handful of breeds out there that are really suited to each person and I have found one of mine in the greyhound. It was like a light switch got flicked on inside my head and all the pieces slid into place when I met my first retired racer and it has been the pursuit of owning and helping one of these fabulous dogs that drives me even when all the chips seem to be stacked against me. Another breed that I have been in love with for years is the Chinese Crested. I love big dogs, but having spent most of my life in the company of small dogs, I have a soft spot for them as well and I don't think I'd really feel complete if I didn't have one of each size. Same as my not feeling right without a cat in the house. Once I'm finished with my current training course (only 11 more mods to go!) and have finished my high school upgrading I will be heading 9 hours west to Salmon Arm BC to the Canadian West Canine Center to work towards my Master Dog Trainer certificate. Then hopefully I can open my own business back in Alberta and work towards weaning myself off my two jobs and slowly getting to where I can fully support myself with my training business.