Welcome! I’m Liz Droke.
I’m a passionate educator of humans and their canine companions who wants to help improve the lives of dogs and their guardians. I will help you understand your dog and I will guide you through building the foundations you need to get through everyday life. This can start with pre-puppy conversations designed to help you find a puppy that will be a fit for you and your family, to helping that puppy grow and develop into an amazing family companion. Or it can be helping you find solutions when living with an out-of-control adolescent.
Besides training her own dogs and those of other people, Liz loves to compete in dog sports to assess the training of herself and her dogs. Liz has competed and titled (lower to upper level) dogs in agility (UKC, NADAC, AKC, USDAA), tricks (AKC), rally obedience (AKC), obedience (AKC), conformation (AKC), herding (AKC), scent work (AKC), nose work (NACSW), and Barn Hunt (BHA).
Jonesy, one of Liz’s current Border Collies, is a retired a therapy dog through Therapy Dogs International. Majik her Golden Retriever and Tux her first Border Collie (both at the Rainbow bridge) were TDI certified therapy dogs.
Liz was a 10+ year member of the South Dakota 4H Dog Project Advisory Committee and has judged at both the county and state levels.
Current dogs (Border Collies) are:
GCH CH Abfabborderpatrols Bye A Nose (Jonesy) BN RE PT NA NAJ NF CGCA TKN (retired TDI)
Borderpatrol’s Lindy Lou Who (Lindy) BN RA PT NA NAJ NF SWE SCM SEM TKI Barn Hunt RATO NACSW NW3
Bolser’s Sheep Thrills (Sweep) SIN
Gone but Not Forgotten:
Sunlit Golden’s Majik (Majik) Golden Retriever CD RA NAJ; (TDI); NADAC OAC OJC TG-O WV-N TN-O
Trio Farms Tux (Tux) Border Collie (TDI); NADAC NAC NJC TG-O TN-E; UKC AGII
Majik I (aka Tank) the rescue dog who started me on the path of change even though he was not with me long.
Shay – Office Manager & Assistant Trainer
Shay and Liz got to know each other through a mutual love of dogs. They met via a mutual friend, and Shay her Border Collie, Nellie, started coming to classes in the Old Armory. They became part of the advanced group and eventually went on to receive their AKC Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog International certifications. Shay with Nellie and Liz with Jonesy visited many places in Brookings, especially one of the memory care units where the dogs were able to bring comfort to residents and staff.