Over the years, FoxGem classes have been hosted by various locations. We have been teaching and training in the Kane/Kendall/Dupage/LaSalle county areas for nearly 2 decades.
At the helm is myself, Terri Vaira. I am a firm believer that training should be fun! Even challenges that require firm discipline can be balanced with fairness and good experiences.
Understanding your dog's behaviors and bridging the communication gap is our goal in helping you and your dog relate to each other more clearly and fairly.
All too frequently canine behaviors are misunderstood because humans think, well, like humans. Dogs process things and communicate differently from us and we can help you interpret the behaviors you are seeing.
With the combination of understanding and creating a fun, fair and interactive learning environment for your dog (and you), we focus on redirections and shaping of actions and behaviors You can't just tell them what they can't do, gotta show them what the CAN do! we use a lot of shaping exercises; see and capture a behavior, mark/acknowledge it, praise it, practice it, raise the criteria.
I and the folks that work with me have decades of experience training, showing, working with rescues, therapy work, teaching and serving as board members for various dog clubs. (Having started in horses the transition to dogs was natural)!
Once you work with FoxGem, we are yours for life! We dedicate ourselves to the ongoing growth and progression of our students!
We are now in the process of remodeling our training space but in the meantime we are still offering private consults and dog sitting (please see the dog sitting page for important info).
Along with our passion for all things canine, we also sell fresh organic eggs!
AKC CGC/A & Tricks Title Judge
AKC Farm Dog Judge
AKC Canine Ambassador
AKC Temperament Test Evaluator
FVDTC Instructor (and former board member)
Kane/DuPage/Kendall 4H Dog Projects Superintendent
Professional Member of APDT
Member of American Belgian Tervuren Club