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New Business Spotlight: Canine manners matter here

July 24, 2011
  • Karol A. Kennedy, a certified professional dog trainer, owns BPWSITV Good Manners Training For Dogs and Their People at 19704 Blue Heron Lane in Hagerstown.
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Name of business: BPWSITV Good Manners Training For Dogs and Their People

Owner: Karol A. Kennedy

Address: 19704 Blue Heron Lane, Hagerstown

Opening date: January 2011

Products and services: Private, in-home training for pet dogs and their families in basic good manners; resolution of problem behaviors; tricks and dog sport foundation training; small group, puppy classes; and yappy hour: socialization/play dates for puppies    

Target market: Pet dog owners whose busy schedules and training goals are best accommodated by private, in-home training.

How did you get into your business, and what motivated you to start it? I became interested in formalizing my dog-training skills when I began volunteering at the Humane Society of Washington County and realized how many dogs were surrendered there and to shelters around the nation due to lack of basic good manners training. The impetus for me was adoption of a 105-pound Rotti-mix from the shelter who had absolutely no manners, no impulse control and had obviously never been on a leash. I knew that by helping new owners of dogs, adopters of dogs and owners frustrated with problem behaviors, I could prevent dogs from being surrendered to a shelter or passed from home to home simply for lack of training.

Previous business experience: I had a 30-year career in fiscal management for a large corporation. In retirement, I am pursuing a lifelong passion for dogs by volunteering, fostering, adopting and becoming a certified professional dog trainer.

Number of employees: One human and two canines. Buddy and Nacho, pictured above, are instrumental in teaching nice play behavior to shy, young dogs and to acclimating fearful or reactive dogs to the presence of other dogs.

Hours: Depend upon schedules and needs of clients

Phone number: 703-409-1926

Website: www.bpwsitv.com

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