Welcome! I’m Liz.
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.
How Did It All Begin?
It all began many years ago when I decided to adopt a dog to help me exercise more and decrease work stress. That’s what dogs are supposed to do right? Well not in this case! Tank, the dog I adopted, ended up being a dangerous, unpredictable dog. There I was, a first-time dog owner having to making one of the hardest decisions ever.
But Tank led me to my heart dog, a Border Collie named Tux. Oh man! He was a handful, both in everyday life and dog sports. Both of these dogs set me on the path to learning more about training and behavior. From there I knew I wanted to help others and decrease the chances of someone else going through what I went through. Improving manners, preventing problems, and helping to keep dogs from ending up in rescue, if possible.
Since 2012, Canine Training Solutions has been providing the best in dog training to Brookings and the surrounding area through its Puppy Academy and School of Manners. Prior to this, Liz provided help via Liz Droke Dog Training and for many years offered group classes in the Old Armory in Brookings.
To provide kind and compassionate support and education to help guardians and their dogs live fulfilling lives. The goal is to have families and their dogs live healthier and happier lives.
Listener Empathy Kindness Positive Science-based
I treat both humans and dogs with compassion and kindness. No matter what your background is or your current methods or tools, there will be no judgement from me. That helps no one. My background in higher education allows me to effectively coach and work with people. My philosophy and methods are founded in science, but they are fun and achieve results!
How I Help Owners and Dogs
I personally work with you, either in-person or virtually, using a program that is tailored to meet the needs of you and your puppy or dog. I want to help you understand your dog better, set clear and kind expectations, and we work together to create a training plan that sets you on the path for success.
There is a wealth of information available related to dog training, either via the internet or well-meaning family or friends. But what if you have had a person you could turn to, who understands the challenges you are going through, who can provide support and guidance, and will allow you to share your feelings and struggles with your dog without the fear of being judged? I remember what it was like oh so many years ago when starting out with Tank. I want to help decrease the stress for you and your dog so that you can live a more fulfilling life.
How Do You Know I Am Credible?
My background is in animal science (with some behavior) and nutrition with advanced degrees (M.S., Ph.D.). I have spent over twenty years in higher education working with students from a variety of backgrounds.
I am an Accredited Dog Trainer (ADT) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).
I am also a Licensed Family Dog Mediator – Working Group (LFDM-W) through Kim Brophey Family Dog Mediation I use the L.E.G.S. model when working with guardians and their dogs.
I am a member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and an AKC Canine Good Citizen and Trick Evaluator
I have over 15 years of experience working with families and their dogs. I have an understanding of training (a focus on teaching skills/behaviors) as well as an understanding of canine behavior which allows me to help understand why your dog is exhibiting certain behaviors.
I am a life-long learner and have taken courses, webinars and seminars from canine professionals such as: Susan Garrett, Kim Brophey, Michael Shikashio, Grisha Stewart, Fenzi Dog Sport Academy, The School of Canine Science, IAABC, and many more.
Besides training my own dogs and those of other people, I love to compete in dog sports to assess the training of myself and my dogs. I have 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 my current Border Collies, is a retired a therapy dog through Therapy Dogs International. Majik my Golden Retriever and Tux my first Border Collie (both at the Rainbow bridge) were TDI certified therapy dogs.
I was a 10+ year member of the South Dakota 4H Dog Project Advisory Committee and have 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.