My name is Donald Czyzyk, I have been in the animal industry for over 15 years. It all started when I was 12 years old and a amazing couple named Steven and Karen took me under their wing. Karen and Steven own the largest privately funded wild life rehabilitation center in IL. As a young boy I learned all about animal behavior, caring for all living creatures, learning that every living breathing thing deserves a chance. I have taken that and implemented it into my daily life when I evaluate dogs and help people with a aggressive dog or a dog with special needs. When I turned 16 and was thinking about my future, I choose the animal pathway and I started the First dog waste removal service in Rockford, We then added dog walking services and pet sitting. The business was BOOMING.. I was the youngest business owner in the Chamber of Commerce and I was the Youngest to Join BNI ( Business Networking International) At age 18 I decided to change my life and move to Sterling IL Where I became A store Manager for Pets Supplies Plus, Soon after that the Local Humane Society seen what I had to offer and hired me on as the Full time director of operations for 5 years. At the 5 year mark I wanted to do more for animals and that is when I opened up Muddy Paws the areas largest indoor pet complex. It was a amazing 2 years and in the end I sold the Business to 2 of my amazing employees. Thats how I got to where I am today. A dog trainer, some one filled with a brain full of dog knowledge and some one who loves dogs and wants to change lives. You see on the About The Trainer page a lot of different certifications and I want to walk you through them. First you will see the AKC and the C.L.A.S.S. certificates these are two amazing programs that I do evaluations for and I love the programs I am proud to have these two certificates. THEN you will see the 3 most important certificates to me, 3 FEMA Certifications. To my knowledge I am the ONLY animal professional in Whiteside County that has been properly trained on Natural Disasters and caring for the whole County's pet population in a Natural Disaster. You will then see OVER a Dozen ASPCA certifications, these range from all kinds of topics that I have been trained on. Every thing from Emergency shelter medicine, Animal Cruelty Investigations, Dog Fighting Response, and even 3 certifications from the ASPCA Poison Control Center. I am a proud member of the ASPCA Field Investigation Unit ( 100% volunteer) This unit responds to natural disaster and man made disasters ( puppy mills, dog fighting) . So as you can see I have taken amazing pride in learning for the past 15 years and taking in all the knowledge that is offered to me.
These two pups stayed with us for a weekend and we worked on sit, downs and stays.
We where in a pet friendly store at 9:50pm at night (10 mins before closing). It was a perfect time to work on stay and come with this pup.
I have to say “leave it“ is my favorite begavior to teach. Dogs love to learn it and owners love to teach it. I train “leave it“ a little different. We use a fun game and lots of positive reward.
When this dog first came in the animal shelter. The Staff called me and had us evaluate this dog. He is a hyper bouncing pup. We worked with him every single day and now he is calming down, learning to just relax.