About Total Teamwork Training:
Biography – each of us brings a distinctive background to our Total Teamwork Training group. Individually we have either competed in obedience to high levels of training, competed in a variety of dog sports including canine agility, earned tracking dog titles, shown dogs in the conformation ring, done limited breeding, raised and raced sled dogs, visited schools and other facilities with dogs, rescued, rehabilitated and placed or rescued and kept a variety of dogs, and worked in some capacity in the veterinary field. Together we combine our perspectives and backgrounds to find the best way to help our families live with their chosen dogs. We have compiled a library of over 300 books, videos, audio training sessions, and multiple seminar notes. Our education and training continually grows with our participation in ongoing learning opportunities. We have watched and participated as the sport of dog “obedience” has grown and evolved into living with the family pet and training with humane methods.
As the CEO of Total Teamwork Training llc, Laura oversees the continuing development of educational programs and classes as well as increasing outreach programs for communities in Northwest Colorado.
Skippy helps with training classes and goes out on call to help other dogs in behavior modification programs. Skippy and Laura visit schools teaching children how to properly ask permission to meet and greet dogs.
Maxwell SMART is our 5 year old Min Pin. He has earned his first level degree – a BA in the APDT Canine Life and Social Skills. He’s also passed all three required Odor Recognition Tests (ORT’s) to qualify to enter NACSW nose work trials. Skippy thinks he’s the naughty little brother she’s always wanted. He’s smart, funny and cuddly.
Training is a process not an event!
What does CPDT-KA mean?
The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers offers the only international, standardized certification for professional dog trainers that is both psychometrically sound and independent of any course of study.
To become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) trainers are required to provide recommendations from a veterinarian, a client, and a colleague. In addition, they must pass an independent, psychometrically sound and science-based exam to demonstrate knowledge in Instruction Skills, Animal Husbandry, Ethology, Learning Theory, and Equipment. A minimum of 300 hours as a dog training class instructor are also required.
The CPDT-KA exam is updated annually to reflect changes in the industry and the current scientific data. CPDT-KAs must re-certify every three years by accumulating continuing education units approved by the CCPDT. Visit the links page for more information.
Dog training began for Sandra when she was a teenager. Her first dog was aggressive. The relationship ended sadly. She was determined to never let this happen again and began studying the world of dog behavior.
Arlene, in her own words: I am a third generation Meekerite. Going to work at High Country Veterinary clinic in the fall of 1995 as a veterinary assistant, I learned a lot more about animal care and behavior. After awhile our groomer decided to retire, so she taught me to do the grooming.
I moved back to Meeker In 2001, after a year of commuting and one car later, and decided to start my own grooming business. I teach family dog training classes in Meeker with Laura. I also teach a dog obedience class through the recreation center. I am also one of the 4H dog leaders. I am currently owned by 4 border collies. Two of these dogs were rescue. A couple of cats and horses round out our family unit.
Sandra Kruczek and her husband Dr. Ron Kruczek DVM owned High Country Veterinary Clinic in Craig, Here’s what Sandra has to say about Arlene: When Arlene joined our staff in 1995, she brought with her, knowledge, enthusiasm, determination, and a wonderful way with people and their pets. And she had an open mind. She was a highly valued team member in the veterinary clinic and even took on the role of groomer when that was needed! I would describe Arlene as “Capable and Unstoppable!” Sandra Kruczek
My 2 cents: When Arlene heard the story that two Border Collies living in Montana were about to be destroyed, she got in her car, drove up there, and rescued them. The female was very pregnant. She raised a beautiful, healthy litter, found suitable homes and kept one puppy for her crew. Through her grooming business in Meeker, Arlene does much more than grooming. She travels to the homes of people shut in and helps them care for their pets. We are so lucky to have her as part of our team!