My name is Robin Khasse. I am the founder and head trainer of Butthead Dogs. I started out in dog training like most trainers do - because of a problem dog. My dog's name was Trotter. He was an awesome dog, so full of life, love and happiness. There is nothing he wouldn't do for you. All you had to do was ask and he was instantly running over to comply.
Before illness started changing Trotter's behavior, my pack and I had a wonderful life. The Pit Crew - Dawkins, Trotter, Brooklyn - and I did everything together. There was rarely a moment we were not together at home or about in the community.
Trotter started to show symptoms at about 1 year old. Thyroid disease was identified. It took about 6 months to get him stabilized on the medication.
Great right! Wrong, I was left with a massive amount of bad learned behavior from all of his reactivity during the 1.5 years it took 5 different vets to diagnose him. I decided to try my best to help him learn a better way and thus started my journey into dog training.
I was able to get him past all of that and had started reintegrating him back into my pack when his first ear drum burst.
For the full telling of Trotter's last day check out the blog post
My training actually started as a dog mom working hard to help her sick dog. In dealing with all of Trotter's health issues I inadvertently caused many behavioral issues in the rest of my pack. I didn't know what I was doing back then.
When I realized my mistakes I left no stone unturned to help my dogs. I learned the skills I needed. Now it is my wish to help as many others as I can who may be going through similar things and not know where to turn.
Here is a history of educational seminars I have attended:
TRAINING BETWEEN THE EARS (TBTE) Ongoing training for certification with Mark McCabe, Canine Behaviorist