OUR GOAL : Making a better life for dogs and their people! I do this by helping to educate as many dog owners or possible dog owners as I can. I strive to better your relationships with your dog. I want to help rescue groups and to reduce the number of dogs in animal shelters.
Eleza Kerfoot Owner and trainer at Paws In Progress
Eleza will be who you are working with if your dog needs any behavior modification work: dog aggression, reactivity or other behavior problems. She lives on site at the Paws In Progress facility. This is our home as well as where we train. Eleza is the main instructor for most of our programs. Here is her history: I grew up without a dog, in a family that had no intentions of ever getting one. So, I found myself walking my neighbors dogs and starting a small business out of it and offering vacation care as well. At the age of about 16, I became interested in the field of training, but because of my age I was a liability to have around. Finally I found St.Francis P.E.T a service dog organization in Fair Oaks. I volunteered and learned everything they would teach me. I raised many service dogs and aided in the raising of many more. I became a trainer for their organization teaching basic obedience, pet therapy, and service dog classes. During this time I was also learning from another trainer in the Sacramento area. Alan Miller of Albree dog training. He allowed me to sit in on group classes, even follow him to private lessons. I finally got a dog of my own, Ritter, and began competing with him in AKC obedience trials.
December 2011 Volunteer of the Month of GSGSR
"My goal is to help make people's lives not only liveable with their dogs but enjoyable so that they will keep them and find the true joy in owning a dog once you get past the little frustrations that stand in the way. And to make those dogs without homes the best they can be to become more adoptable. They are all such great dogs, and with a little work they can be so wonderful! My favorite. personal experience success story: Luke came out of a hoarders house in Loomis that had 80 animals. He came to me with such a great temperment for being in such an awful situation. A family came to look at him and I had him on a leash in the front yard and he walked up to one of their kids and rested his head into the kids shoulder, the kid wrapped his arms around Luke and I knew he would be going home with them. It is so rewarding to pull a dog out of a shelter and give them a bath, food, attention and a little training and find them a new home."- Eleza
We strive to constantly expand our toolbox and learn more. Below are the workshops and other trainers we have got the chance to learn from. We continue our education in dog training every day. We talk to other trainers, we attend seminars and conferences and find that you never know it all. Eleza: Eleza is a certified master trainer by National K-9, a world renowned intensive training school for trainers. 2008
September 2012 - Just finished completing a Obedience Intensive Course and an E-Collar workshop with Michael Ellis. It was a great experience and a different approach to training and building motivation in your dog. His class was geared toward sport dogs but finding that balance of getting the dog in a high arousal state and still having full control and almost flawless obedience is a tricky balance to maintain.
January 2013 - I went to Tucson, Arizona for a workshop with "Pack to Basics" Chad Mackin's Dogmanship workshop. It was a new approach to some different types of training. I really enjoyed this workshop and connected with some really great trainers while I was there. I look forward to attending Chad Mackin's dog on dog socialization workshop somewhere in the future.
July 2013 - I went to a training course held in Santa Cruz, Ca and learned in a program called T3. I were instructed by some of the best trainers in the industry the very knowledgeable Jeff Gellman of Solid K9 Training and Sean Oshea of The Good Dog. Great trainers a long and wonderful week of learning new techniques and a different way of training.
October 2015 - I went to Washington to a seminar with Chad Mackin and Jay Jack. This workshop specialized in socialization for difficult dogs and tug with Jay Jack.
November 2015 - I went to Petaluma where there was a seminar with Tyler Muto. Who came all the way from New York to teach and talk about relationships, problem solving, socialization and ecollar work.
April 2016 - Eleza went to Arizona for a Relationship workshop with Jay Jack and learned about Tug, heeling, recall and more tips and tricks on how to work with reactive dogs.
August 2016 - Eleza went to Utah for a 4day workshop with Heather Beck and Jason Vasconi on Dealing with Difficult Dogs.
September 2016 - Eleza went to Templeton, Ca to work with Cheri Lucas and Brian Agnew.
January 2017 - Eleza went to Tucson, AZ for a workshop with Nelson Hodges.
I am always learning more... all dogs learn differently and you can never have too much knowledge about ALL of the different training methods and techniques, even if we don't use them everyday on most dogs, it is good to know for that 1 dog that may need that specific tool or method some day. Even if I don't agree with a training style I want to learn about it and see and understand why another trainer may use it. You will find that I have a genuine love for dogs and that I find great joy in living and working with dogs. This is what keeps me in business and you my customers happy.
Eleza began volunteering my time and training for Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue. She would take and work with the dogs they rescue to make them more adoptable. It has been a great joy working with this rescue. To this day we have helped in saving 60+dogs by fostering and helping with transport.
Eleza has fostered and trained dogs for a handful of rescue such as, Recycled Pets Norcal, Norcal Boxer Rescue, Norcal Bully Breed Rescue, and Scooters Pals.
Eleza has also fostered for Itsie Bitsie Kitten Rescue. It's great to watch a litter of kittens grow from eyes barely open to 7 weeks old and they all get adopted. We love to have extra kittens around to help as training distractions for the dogs.
Meet the STAFF
Stripey wrestling with a puppy in preschool. Stripey enjoys playing with the puppies.
Stripey is likely the most unique cat you will meet. He is the official puppy preschool assistant teaching the puppies how to have manners with cats. He loves his job of coming to Paws Perfected and Reaction to Distractions class every once in awhile. Stripey enjoys meeting new dogs and making new friends.
As of 5/28/2012 Ritter has his CD title in obedience! He placed 1st in his 3 qualifying competitions.
Ritter is a demonstration of the potential in your dogs. He was just another mutt puppy cast aside a stray. I found him at Sacramento city animal shelter when he was about 5months old. That little shelter puppy has turned into a wonderful well behaved dog that beats even the pure breeds at AKC competition obedience trials.
Ritters words.... I help puppies, and dogs in playgroup to learn appropriate play styles by softly correcting them so they don't get in trouble with other dogs in the future. I help in Reactive Rover to be a neutral dog with a dog that is reactive. I help the shy dogs to learn that dogs can be gentle, or to be the stable dog to go with and meet people and see that they can be fun.
She is now a 3 Year old Dutch Shepherd. She started off with the goal of doing Search and Rescue but she made it clear to me she needed more we then tried out French Ring and currently aiming for AKC Rally.