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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 two awesome dogs, Shumai (6 year old Doberman Pinscher) and Phlip (11 year old Australian Shepherd)   I am also currently training and doing agility with my two newest dogs Grin (2 year old Australian Shepherd) and Kala (2 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!

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Wayne Parks
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. 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 travled to Texas and earned his second degree Black Belt!

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About Our Instructors & Administrative Staff


Pam Lohr
Certfied Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)
 
Pam has been with It’s PAWSible! since 2007. She began as a client with a new puppy and was soon asked to apprentice and later to become a trainer. During this time she has 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 her life, she readily admits that she cannot imagine ever living a dog-free life. Currently Pam & her family share their home with three dogs (a Bichon named, Angel, a Sheltie named Poppy, a new rescue Cattle Dog mix, Luca), and a cat, Smeagol.    Pam also shares her home with a variety of other small animals.

 

 

Pam has been 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, she trains, socializes and cares 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.   Pam has raised three puppies for CCI. Two have gone on to be matched with wonderful people and are currently service dogs.

One of the things Pam is 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, Pam is committed to increasing her skills as both a trainer and as an instructor. She not only loves the challenge of learning, but also the opportunity to help others find that special connection to their dogs.

 

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Ashlee Hall
Day Camp Manager
Certified Professional Dog Trainer (ABCDT)

 

I've always had strong love of dogs and have been around them as far back as I can remember. I grew up around Dobermans; my Aunt has had them her whole life. They were great dogs, so tolerant and patient with my sister and I pulling on their ears or trying to ride them around the backyard. 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. 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 began working at It's PAWSible! in the Day Camp in March 2010 and I absolutely love my job. In the last year or so, Beth has promoted me to Day Camp Supervisor Trainer which means I am the person who trains our newest Day Camp staff when they began working here. 

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. We also recently started agility, which is a lot of fun, for both me and Bradley. I hope to someday enter into trials and compete. We are doing well but still have a lot to learn. Since working at It's PAWSible! my interest in dog behavior and dog training has really grown. I began assisting Beth in obedience and puppy classes, and I really enjoy it.  I recently attended the ABC School for Dog Training and completed all requirements to become Certified as a Dog Trainer.  Since then I've been doing most of the private lessons with our Dog Daycampers and with some of our class attendees.
I really enjoy that!

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Sheila Schmitt
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 2 chihuahua mixes, Maya and Reese. 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.

I adopted Reese from Dakin Animal Shelter in February of 2011. He is about 7 months old. He is a silly boy but I wouldn't have him any other way. We have been through basic obedience with him with more classes to follow in the future. He still has a lot to learn. Both of my dogs are actively attending day camp a few days a week. They really enjoy it and so do I. A tired dog is a good dog!

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.
 

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Paula Fondakowski
Website Marketing Manager & Product Sales

 

I've been with It's PAWSible! since November of 2008 and just recently obtained my certification on Basic First Aid for Dogs & Cats. My real love for dogs began in my early childhood, with dogs ranging from the Shih Tzu to Great Dane and various sizes and shapes in between, most being rescues. Sam, Caesar, Max and even a Snoopy were just a few of my canine family members. Dogs really are the best of friends; sticking with you no matter what, so forgiving and just darn cuddly!


In July of 2012 my family and I adopted Charlie, a Cavachon (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel & Bichon Frise). Charlie has been coming to daycamp since he was 2 months old! We also have 2 cats and 16 white doves/homing pigeons.
 
It’s PAWSible! is a great place for all dogs to socialize, play and train with professional structure, safety and security – not to mention lots of fun for our dogs and humans alike!

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