Owned and operated by Terri Kaluza, Gold Star Dog School is a multi-faceted canine training/day care facility serving dogs and their owners in south King and north Pierce Counties. We pride ourselves in offering the finest instructors, training, services and products. We offer outstanding instruction for companion dog obedience training, as well as for performance sports such as competition obedience, rally and K-9 nose work.
Our premier services include:
Training classes taught by experienced instructors that are well respected, sought after and active in the dog community.
Day Care – your dog will go home well exercised and tired.
K9 Camp - Add training to day care
Private lessons for obedience or behavior issues
Boutique retail offering quality holistic dog food, treats, novelties, training equipment, toys, leashes, and collars.
We are more than just a training school – we are a gathering place for dog enthusiasts. It is a place where you are able to talk, laugh, and learn from each other about our dogs. We invite dog lovers to come to our facility to observe training in action and get to know other dog people and experience the fun, the joy, and the greatness dogs bring into our lives. We celebrate this by providing a casual place to come where you can relax and learn more about dogs and training in a fun and positive environment.
Vicky Lovejoy has been a student of animal behavior all of her life. She grew up competing horses first in gymkhana events and later in three-day eventing, stadium jumping, and dressage. She always had companion dogs who were both household pets and working dogs at the barn. When she began competing in agility, she was able to transfer her experience and knowledge of jumping dynamics with horses to helping dogs learn to efficiently and safely navigate agility courses. As a trainer n Long Beach, CA, she became well known for her jumping grid classes and seminars and a recognized competitor.
Vicky was in the first nosework class offered at the SPCA in Long Beach when the founders, Ron Gaunt, Amy Herot, and Jill Marie O’Brien first came up with the idea to offer a version of detection training to pet owners. As the activity developed into a sport, Vicky competed in the fledgling competitions. With the eventual formation of NACSW (National Association of Canine ScentWork), Vicky became a certified nosework instructor (CNWI) and ORT judge and certifying official. She is also certified as an AKC Scentwork judge and UKC nosework judge. She has multiple championships on all of her dogs in both agility and nosework and, in 2017, competed in the NACSW National Invitational with her Australian Shepherd, Kendra. Kendra has earned two titles in the new Summit competitions offered through NACSW for dogs who have completed their Elite Championship.
As her interest in dog training and fitness has developed, Vicky has earned certification as a FitPaws Master Trainer (FP-MT) and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). She has national board certification in small animal massage and is licensed as a small animal massage practitioner (SAMP).
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