About the Owners
Beth Ostrowski Parks
Nationally Certified--Professional Dog Trainer, CPDT-KA
State of Ct-- Certified Professional Dog Trainer (since 1994)
Member --Association of Pet Dog Trainers (since 1999)
The Founder and President of It's PAWSible! Dog Training Center and Day Camp. I have been involved in dog training since 1993. I specialize in training groups of people with puppies or adult dogs. My clients are looking to build a special bond with their best friend. I also do one -on-one consultations with people and their dogs who are having trouble with aggression, fear, separation anxiety or other behavior problems. My passion is helping people train their "shelter" dogs who were adopted from shelters or other homes where they were neglected or abused. I am an advocate of rescuing animals and did my own Greyhound rescue for several years.
In the past, I spent quite a bit of time volunteering at local shelters like Thomas J. O'Connor and Dakin and the old Pioneer Valley Humane Society. Currently I spend many, many hours a week running my own business with our classes and dog day camp and our on-line services. We have a staff of 8 employees here as well.
Although I am busy and fulfilled with the business, I am always striving to learn more about dogs and consistently study new ways to teach gentle, but effective dog training to my clients. One thing that I learned a long time ago is that there are many ways to teach or get in touch with a dog's mind. I just love what I do because no two days are the same!
With any extra time I have, I compete in agility with my four awesome dogs, Shumai (7 year old Doberman Pinscher) and Phlip (11.5 year old Australian Shepherd) and my two newest dogs Grin (3 year old Australian Shepherd) and Kala (3 year old Doberman). However, what I love most about my dogs is to go hiking with them as often as possible. I learn a lot from watching them and being with them.
What I love most about my work is to watch owners who have what they consider a "problem" dog, learn how to communicate effectively. They can then learn to work together to form a common bond. I've seen great things that my clients call miracles happen here at It's PAWSible!
Wayne got involved with dogs when Beth did. At the time it was simply by default, but he has grown to love the business and is big participant in lots of behind the scenes work at It's PAWSible!. Frequently he is in the office answering the phone, making appointments or signing up people for classes. He also helps manage the day camp employees and the day camp area. He is the chief engineer of our training facility, day camp area and our beautiful 12 acres of land. He is in charge of maintaining the details, big and small of our place. And now that we have the Mobil Grooming van, he has one more item on his plate to take care of.
He is a very busy man! In his rare spare time he enjoys powerlifting and martial arts. In 2004 he earned his Black Belt in Uechi Ryu Karate. In 2007, he traveled to Texas and earned his second degree Black Belt!
And the gardens! All of the beautiful landscaping at our property is done by Wayne! That is his true calling.
About Our Instructors & Administrative Staff
Certfied Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)
Wag It Games Certified Instructor
I've been with It’s PAWSible! since 2007. I began as a client with a new puppy and was soon asked to apprentice and later to become a trainer. During this time I learned a lot about positive training techniques at It’s PAWSible! and the importance of establishing an enjoyable and respectful connection with dogs and their people. Having had dogs throughout my life, I admit that I cannot imagine ever living a dog-free life.
Currently I share my home with three dogs, a Sheltie named Poppy, a rescue Cattle Dog mix, Luca and another dog that I obtained from a client who couldn't keep their dog; Felix, a mini-aussie. I also have a cat, Smeagol. I also share my home with a variety of other small animals and a patient husband.
Previoiusly I was a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI),a nationwide, non-profit organization that provides assistant dogs to people with disabilities. As a volunteer, I would training, socialize and care for one puppy at a time for the first 18 months of his or her life, after which the puppy returns to CCI for advanced training and hopefully placement with a person in need of a service dog.
I have raised three puppies for CCI. Two have gone on to be matched with wonderful people and are currently service dogs.
One of the things I am grateful for is that the CCI puppies came with a “rule book” which included a stipulation that all puppies must be enrolled in training classes. Previous house pets were trained “well enough,” but never more than that. Now, having found that continued training results in a much more dependable dog and a greatly enhanced relationship between dog and owner, I am committed to increasing my skills as both a trainer and as an instructor. I not only loves the challenge of learning, but also the opportunity to help others find that special connection to their dogs.
Manager of Operations
Certified Professional Dog Trainer (ABCDT)
I began working at It's PAWSible! in March 2010 and I absolutely love my job. I look forward to getting up and coming to work everyday. Being outside and being around dogs are two of my favorite things, so it’s perfect! Bradley, my Boxer, comes to work with me 4 days a week and has an awesome time playing out in camp with all his friends. I've always had strong love of dogs and have been around them as far back as I can remember.
When I was about 5 years old, we got our fist dog, a German Shepard that my sisters and I named Daisy. She was such a great family dog; extremely loyal and protective. As I grew up, she really became my dog and I was with her to the end. From then on I knew that I always wanted dogs in my life; there’s nothing like the unconditional love and loyalty they so willingly give us.
I also have another dog, a Chihuahua who I named Rosco. He's such a cool little dog; loves swimming and hiking just like the big guys. He's been there for me through some rough times in my life and I can't thank or love him enough for that.
Bradley and I have also been doing agility with Beth for about 3 years and we also compete, whenever we can, around New England. We are having a lot of fun, I'm already addicted to it!
In 2013, after a few years of assisting in classes at It's PAWSible!, I earned my certification as a dog trainer as well. Now, my favorite part of my job is when I get to work with familie's one-on-one with private lessons and in-home training. Life is good.
AKC Canine Good Citizen Test Evaluator
In the year 2000, I made the decision to leave 15 years of working in the corporate world of marketing and went straight to the dogs.
My new passion first begin with my position of playtime manager at a full service pet resort in Connecticut. I then did an intense one year internship with a well known trainer, Leslie Nelson. I felt ready to launch my own full-time career in reward-based dog training.
One of my best teachers was my beautiful Golden Retriever Gibson who came with some very tricky characteristics. He was one of the rare Goldens who didn’t like dogs and I had to learn how to manage his behavior and still take lots of classes with him. I learned so much. Gibson lived to be 14 and I value our relationship in too many ways to describe.
I love working with people and I find it very rewarding to be able to pass along skills and knowledge of positive reinforcement dog training methods to clients and their dogs.
The classes I feel very comfortable teaching are Puppy, Basic Manners, Canine Good Citizen as well as Beginner Agility Skills and foundations.
AKC Certified CGC Evaluator
APDT member since 2016
I joined the staff here at It’s PAWSible! in early January of 2016. I am enjoying every day with the team here more and more, and look forward to growing as a trainer alongside their guidance and expertise. I help with the closing of the It’s PAWSible! Day Camp and then am also assisting Beth and Pam in the training classes here in the evenings.
I realized my passion for training back when I was just eight years old and I got my first dog, soul mate, and best friend, Tess. I began watching videos on trainers, reading countless books and spending several hours a day teaching her new tricks or practicing old ones. Most of my peers enjoyed playing games outside together or playing video games, but I couldn’t wait to get home to train and exercise my dog. Thus, a young trainer was born.
After many years of honing my skills of communicating with dogs and training one-on-one independently in my free time, I began shadowing and assisting a very good Positive Reinforcement trainer in Connecticut. I worked with her for three years, learning to communicate with owners in order to teach and to share my knowledge. Now I have formed a great love for working with people and teaching, and seeing owners smile as they begin to succeed with their pet. My next goal is to pass the CPDT-KA test and earn my certification, and I strive to continue making myself both a stronger trainer as well as a better teacher.
Part time Agility Instructor
My love for dogs began when I was about 6 years old with our first family pet, a Dalmatian I named Spot. Since then I always knew I wanted dogs in my life. When I finally acquired my own dog, Maya, I had learned about It's PAWSible!. I started bringing her to day camp in early 2009 and thought about how much I would like to be the one taking care of and playing with the dogs. I inquired about a job in October of 2009 started working at It's PAWSible! Day Camp. I worked part- time there until early 2012.
I currently have 2 cats and 1 chihuahua mix, Maya. Maya showed up at my house in October of 2008 at 4 months old. I was totally unprepared to have a dog but nobody claimed her and of course I fell in love. I somehow made it work and with help from It's PAWSible! she turned out to really be a great dog. We went through a series of classes and have been taking agility classes for over a year now and loving it. We have been competing in CPE trials, when we are able to, and doing well.
Now I assist Beth in agility classes and also a couple of Saturdays a week in Basic Obedience classes. I really enjoy that. Also, my hobby of competing in agility trials continues. Beth and I have a lot of fun doing that together.