I cried when I left my dogs at Canine Country School, not because I was sad (well maybe a little) but because I was so grateful I have never met more pure hearted, warm souled people than Dorit and Terena - I KNEW my dogs were in great care.
~ Devin Grace, Orange County CA
Meet The Team
Trainer and Caregiver
Alec is our newest team member. He fills an integral part of the business, as his work ethic and dedication to your dogs is apparent in all he does. He is certified in Pet First Aid and CPR and his intimate knowledge of the dogs in our care help keep them healthy and safe. He is kind, gentle and cares about the wellbeing of your pup. He is living onsite and working hard at teaching animals and learning the industry before he's off to school for a business degree. Having had companion animals most of his life, Alec is adept at reading dogs. His intuitive nature will help him become a successful companion animal entrepreneur. His previous career in the food industry provides him with a solid foundation when working with people and their dogs and safety is at the forefront of his mind. He is very committed to helping animals learn using positive and gentle methods.
Trainer and Caregiver
Having Tyler Thomas on the team means we have had three generations of the Thomas family running the Canine Country School. He comes with experience in breeding, whelping and raising puppies, as well as dealing with the medical and nutritional needs of such endeavors. Throughout his life he has always had a pack of dogs, both large and small, aggressive and sweet, able and disabled. He has extensive skills in managing groups of dogs to promote harmony, joy and fun. Tyler's attention to medical concerns help us to be more effective with elderly and post surgical pups. He is certified in Pet First Aid and CPR - and despite his kind, loving demeanor, he has the confidence of a tested field medic to know when and how to act in an emergency. He champions for those that are underserved and vulnerable, being a voice for those that have none. Tyler's cat experience includes caring for feral cat clowders in Japan. He has been there for the queening, raising and adopting out of the kittens, as well as the neutering and medical needs associated with caring for a variety of animals in a wide range of ages. His intense sense of responsibility keeps dogs secure and his attention to detail for sanitation and zoonosis is commendable. We are lucky to have him!
Trainer and Caregiver
An Eagle, Colorado native, Zac joined us after he graduated with his BA from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He is a practicing taoist that exercises the art of effortless spontaneity with the dogs. Having had companion animals most of his life, Zac is adept at reading dogs; they have given him the insight needed to love and care for the animals of others. His minor in Environmental studies adds a knowledgeable eye to all aspects of our management, “critter-scaping" and animal husbandry endeavors, helping keep us green in every way possible. He is living onsite and working hard at teaching animals and learning the industry before he's off to Graduate School (he wants to be a high school teacher or college professor in the long run). Zac's gentle, thoughtful nature will help him become a successful teacher be it with companion animals or humans. He is very committed to helping animals learn using positive and gentle methods and he is diligent in making safety and sanitation a top priority.
Bandy has been offering her private consulting services, Consider-It Done!, since our move to our current location over a decade ago. She is so versatile she is adepts at a number of things including, office work, animal husbandry, management, research, shuttle driver, etc. Bandy comes to the table with an amazing skill set. As a lifetime livestock and companion animal owner she knows how to keep animals safe and happy; her work on a cattle ranch has given her confidence. As a fitness center owner and personal trainer Bandy has kept healthy and energetic, so her vivacious fun nature lifts the entire school a notch whenever she is here. Your dog will love her!
Property Caretaker, Livestock Manager
Dave is our property caretaker and livestock manager. He lives onsite and is a capable set of hands we are glad to have around. He comes with a diverse set of building skills, but we really need him to paint the scratched doors, fill in the ever present holes in the yard and build or fix all that equipment we use.
Julie joins us during the summer and busy times throughout the year. She has had her own menagerie of dogs and cats, and when not the librarian in the Re-2 school district she is either competing with her dogs or training people and dogs to compete successfully. We are lucky to have her as a positive trainer to fill in during the summer. She provides a valuable peace of mind and practice for those dogs needing the next level.
Having retired from UPS as their long time delivery person, Kevin is now helping dogs in our care get over any UPS uniform phobias. He is instrumental in keeping the grounds in top shape with his regular attention. His eye for detail keeps our facility clean, hygienic and organized. Kevin is exceptional with the dogs, with compassion that nurtures the most sensitive while having leadership to control the most rambunctious pups.
Jacquie is a Denver native, who spent several years in Los Angeles, working in the music industry. She now lives in New Castle, day jobbing in online marketing, but many of her friends believe she really has gone to the dogs. Jacquie is president of both the Roaring Fork Kennel Club and Heeling Partners, the pet therapy group serving the Roaring Fork Valley. Jacquie's dog, Chauncey, is a certified therapy dog. Her other dog, Karma, is THE top dog. She and her pooches join us a few days a week to lend a helping hand to dog management, client communications (yay!!) and technical skills.
Luke started out with us as a volunteer. He greatly desired a dog and his parents wanted him to clearly understand the work and commitment that was needed to be a great guardian for a dog. He showed them and us that he was more than responsible, capable and ready. As of the 2016 holiday, Luke has become an employee that can now drive himself and his dog to work when school isn't in session. We look forward to having him join us until he heads off for the Air Force.
Former Animal Resource Manager
Alyce Ventrano, our past Animal Resource Manager for nearly a decade, comes back once in awhile as her work ethic and her dedication to your dogs can't keep her away. When we are super busy having an extra pair of knowledgeable hands around allows us to better meet the needs of the animals in our care. Otherwise she is running her own business, Alyce's Pet Care in South Western Colorado. She is still certified in Pet First Aid and CPR and her intimate knowledge of the dogs in our care help keep them healthy and safe. Her intense sense of responsibility keeps dogs secure and her attention to detail for sanitation and zoonosis is commendable. We are lucky to have her!
Our mission is to provide appropriate, humane and compassionate care and training for canines, while offering peace of mind to their owners through competence and diligence.
Each dog is treated as a member of our family. They are loved and hugged with daily opportunities to hike, run and play - just as they naturally would!
Their environment is nurturing, interactive, and fun coupled with training that is gentle, humane and positive! This unique experience will shape your dog's behavior without breaking the will or spirit.
The true-in-home B&B training experience we offer is like no other in the United States: your dog's learning environment will be in our home with a climate that's calm yet stimulating, structured yet varied, and conducive to learning the goals you have set forth. The real life experience of living in our home fosters compassion, gentleness and understanding which is essential for learning success.
Our Pledge to Your Pooch
- care for all pets with kindness and will place their welfare above all other business considerations
- provide security and safety for all pets in our care; maintain a sanitary environment
- provide vigilant supervision of all pets
- ensure an adequate and proper diet
- seek veterinary assistance whenever appropriate
- administer owner-provided or veterinary- prescribed medication in accordance with instructions
- provide individual sleeping areas for all dogs
- provide adequate exercise and play areas
Our Pledge to You
- put the welfare of pets in our care and service to our customers above personal gain
- honor our commitments to our customer
- respect the confidential nature of our business/client relationship
- strive to maintain and advance the professional competence of our staff through educational opportunities
- endeavor to resolve any disputes which might arise in a fair, amicable and professional manners
Hours for Pickup & Drop-off
Monday - Friday, 8am to 6pm (free Dotsero pickup can occur from 10:00am to 3:30pm).
Sunday - $25 fee for any Pickups or Drop-offs.
What You Should Bring
- Food, clearly marked, for the entire stay with a little extra
- An article of recently worn clothing you do not mind parting with
- Clearly marked medication, if needed
- A collar with ID
- Health records
- No beds, bowls or leashes. We have plenty!
Understanding the Check-In/ Checkout Procedure
All dogs must pass the temperament assessment prior to being accepted into the Canine Country School. We will keep you informed of any changes in your dog's behavior or temperament while in our care.
It takes about an hour to ninety minutes for us to get each dog ready to go home. Please let us know of any last minute changes.
If we see any problems with any dog in our care, we will properly deal with it and let all those who might be affected by it know of exposure or risk. If you find a problem with your dog after having been in our care, we want to hear about it! The first line of defense for most problems is knowledge and communication.
Just this side of heaven is a place called The Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food and water and sunshine and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who have been ill are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again; just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing: they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. Bright eyes are intent; eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly this one begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, legs carrying it faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face, your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart. Then together, you and your special pet cross the Rainbow Bridge...
I'll meet you at the bridge.