Sunday, June 25, 2017 This Week's Paper

Dog behavior expert offers valuable workshop

Canyon Crest K-9 Training Center in Tacoma is offering an opportunity for dog owners and their four-legged friend to develop a richer relationship together.

On Sept. 15 Ron Pace, internationally renowned dog expert, author and head trainer at the center, will hold his first-ever public workshop to which all dog owners are invited (space is limited to 100 participants). Titled Dogs Are Great, participants and their dogs will be taken through the center’s four-week/10 private lesson training course in one eight-hour workshop.

Tom Pace, a pet first aid/CPR expert (and no relation to Ron Pace), will also give a presentation. Ron Pace made international news last year when he saved a Boxer named Sugar that had a seizure at the center and stopped breathing. “He died for two full minutes,” Pace recalled. He applied chest compressions and “mouth-to-snout” resuscitation and it was all caught on an eight-minute video that went viral (see the video at Pace was nominated Hero of the Year by The American Red Cross for taking action to save Sugar.

At the workshop, Ron Pace will be teaching the methods he has developed and put into use over the past 35 years at Canyon Crest. “This is a very unique programs, and it works,” he said. “We get the toughest dogs – the most aggressive and dominating. I can take any dog – a Rottweiler that wants to tear me apart – and make him my friend in a few minutes without using any food.”

Whether you are an owner, trainer, rescue/shelter worker or other canine enthusiast, Pace said this workshop is for you. “Anybody who has an interest in getting a better relationship with their dog, including anybody that is into showing dogs, a hobbyist, a veterinarian, a trainer, anyone can come in and see what we do.”

Pace will work one-on-one with each dog to read and understand his/her behavior. Workshop participants will learn things like how to lay the foundation in communication that allows you to do anything with your dog, how to correct your dog’s undesirable behavior, and how to be your dog’s leader.

If your dog bites or barks, digs up the yard or chews the furniture, pulls on his leash, is high-strung or is in need of any type of training, Pace is the go-to trainer. Known as a "trainer’s trainer," Pace put all his years of experience and knowledge into a step-by-step book titled "Who’s The Boss?” He has trained dogs for numerous police agencies at the city, county, state, federal and tribal levels, and was the first civilian trainer to be contracted to search for narcotics in Washington state schools. Pace has provided trained dogs for TV commercials, music videos and documentaries, and his work has been featured on televisions shows "Wild About Animals" and “Whaddyado." He has performed hundreds of demonstrations, entertaining and educating thousands of people. He currently serves as an Executive Board Member for the Tacoma Pierce County Humane Society.

In 2010 Canyon Crest was awarded The Torch Award by the Better Business Bureau for Western Washington’s Small Business of the Year. Pace and wife Patti run their full-service training facility on five scenic acres. The center offers a professional trainer/instructor course, breeding of high quality German Shepherds, boarding, doggy daycare and grooming services. In 2009 the center expanded with the addition of Dogabetics, which serves type 1 and 2 diabetics by training medical alert dogs to respond to changes in human blood sugar levels.

Coming soon to the center, a new Doggy Day Care and Play Land is now under construction and scheduled to open this fall. It will be a spacious area and fully supervised, with lush artificial grass and a half-acre of play space with trees, shade and a covered structure.

To register for the Dogs Are Great workshop, and to learn more about Canyon Crest K9 Training Center, visit Lunch will be served during the workshop. The center is located at 4515 Vickery Ave. E. Call (253) 926-9200.