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)
Member--Pet Professional Guild (dedicated to force-free training)
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 also 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 five your old dogs, Grin (Australian Shepherd) and Kaikala aka: Birdie (Doberman Pinshcer). I'm also getting ready to start competing with my young male Aussie Ninja. He is 20 months old. Previously I trained and competed with four awesome dogs who have crossed over the bridge. My memories and time with them is so precious. They were CATCH2 Shumai MX, MXJ, RA, CGC who passed at the age of 7. Then MACH, C-ATE, CATCH2 Phlip CD, RE, CGC recently passed at the age of 13.5. I also had two other amazing Dobermans Makana (my first agility dog and Treasure both earned many titles in AKC and NADAC agility.
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. I try to never take them for granted.
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.
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.