Meet The trainer and the dogs

The Trainer: Charlene Smucker

I was born in 1993. I grew up in a small town in Western New York on my grandparents farm. I have been married since 2014 and we currently reside in Pennsylvania. We have three dogs, Koda, Diesel, and Hope. I have always wanted to be a dog trainer but it wasn't until 2018 that I decided to make it possible. I watched too many people give up their dogs because they didn't have anyone to train them or they went to trainers that were not able to train them. I do not want anyone to have to give up their furry companion. I am here to do everything possible to give you and your dog the best life possible. I attended Starmark Academy where I got a ton of hands on interaction with multiple dogs as well as a lot of knowledge from professionals. I believe in continuously educating myself so you and your dog get the best experience as possible. Dog training is not just a hobby, it is my passion.

The Head Dog: Koda

Meet Koda, she is a Husky/Border Collie mix. Born April 1st, 2013 My husband and I obtained Koda back in 2013 when she was just a puppy. I had been wanting another dog that could be my own so I was looking around on craigslist and found her. We went to go pick her up where she was outside in the kennel with her whole litter and the mom was chained off to the side. Her stomach was so swollen it looked like a cantaloupe. She was riddled with worms; I knew I had to take her. She is the smartest dog I have ever owned and the easiest to train. She picks up on commands within one session and is very eager to please. She loves to go on walks and sprint circles in our yard but when we are inside she just enjoys cuddling and sleeping. She loves people and is very tolerant of other dogs. She knows, sit, down, place, free, stand, excuse me, open the door, shake, high five, speak, roll over, crawl, leave it, "cuddle", stay, crate, and heel. She also knows the commands, sit, down, roll over, high five, wait, and speak, without me saying anything and only using hand signals. She is a great dog and will be at a few of my training sessions.

The Best Boy: Diesel

Meet Diesel, he is a purebred Siberian Husky. Born April 14th, 2017. I had always wanted a Siberian Husky and I knew that now that I was becoming a dog trainer it was a good time. Siberian huskies are not an easy dog to handle. They are smart and stubborn, they need constant training and structure. If they get bored they will be destructive and they will also try and run away. He requires at least two, 30 minute to 1 hour walks a day and at least three, 15 minute training sessions or else he gets very bored and is restless. Even then he sometimes still needs his interactive toy. He can be very aloof at times (typical Husky) but always listens. He attended Starmark Academy with me and got hands on training day in and day out. He learned everything and he even mastered the agility field (except when he got the zoomies). He loves to be outdoors, he loves running, and he loves pulling, but he also loves to be inside and cuddle. He knows, sit, down, and place (he will not move from any of those positions until told to do so). He knows hand target, pull, paw, other paw, and leave it. He will not run out the door, he sits, even when the door is open, until he is told he is allowed to go outside. He also knows how to attention heel and when we walk it is loose leash, he will not pull. He also learned how to retrieve. He is my demo dog and will also be at my training sessions.

The Shy Girl: Hope

Meet Hope, she is a Pitbull mix. Approximate date of birth is June 1st 2017. I adopted Hope when I was down at Starmark. She was one of the rescue dogs I got to work with. Hope was thrown out in a dumpster when she was just a couple weeks old. Someone found her and took her to a rescue where there, after she was a little older, was stuck outside with 15 other dogs. She had hardly any human interaction except the lady who was in charge of the rescue. Starmark goes around to these rescues and takes a certain number from each rescue to train them during the students stay there in hopes they will either get adopted by students or they will be easier to adopt out after the program because of their training. So Hope, along with about 40 other dogs from various rescues came and stayed in the kennels on site. The first day I went to meet Hope, she sat back in the corner trembling because she was so scared, I had to carry her out of the kennel to have her come outside. After I got her outside she laid in the same spot for 2 hours just trembling; she would not look at me or even come near me because she was so scared. I knew I needed to adopt her because she needed help. Hope is still afraid of people but she is slowly getting better. I have not been able to do any training with her yet because she is still too timid. She loves my other dogs though and any other dog she comes in contact with. All she wants to do is run around and play. She has a long road ahead of her but this is part of the reason I became a trainer. I want to give her her life back, I want to help her be a dog. That is what I want for every dog, for them to have a good life. That is why I am a trainer.