Elite Canine is committed to providing the resources and support necessary to build a lifelong relationship between you and your canine companion. Offering a broad range of educational programs and services.
Classes designed for dogs of all ages who have had little or no formal training.
Classes to train for obtaining Canine Good Citizen Title, Therapy Dog Certification,Community Canine Title.
Classes with real life situations and socialization as well as problem solving.
Classes designed to build strong heeling and communication skills. Enhance reliable commands with distractions.
Geralyn has been working with dogs since 2002. She began in a daycare/kennel environment learning all about canine behavior first hand. After two years she moved onto training and has been enjoying it ever since. She started at a large corporate pet store chain where she learned everything from Ethology to Learning Theory. Geralyn believes that to be a great dog trainer you need to know everything about them, starting from their origins. After three years she left and worked for a private kennel creating their entire training program. Along with her assistant, Ashlee, she ran a successful program which included Obedience, Agility and Flyball.
In 2008 she transferred to North Carolina and worked four more years in the corporate world. In that time she trained Obedience and Rally. She is a member of The Pet Professional Guild. She has also been involved in Service Dog training. In May of 2012 she trained “Mike” the Greyhound. Mike is the first greyhound in North Carolina to be a registered Service Dog. This accomplishment landed her in a published magazine article in “Cesar’s Way.” This was also a featured report on Fox 8 in February of 2013. In July of 2012 she trained “Abby” a 2 year old Shih Tzu. Abby is the only known Service Dog in the United States trained to alert her owner when his pacemaker battery is getting low. Geralyn is a Certified Canine Good Citizen, Community Canine, and S.T.A.R Puppy Program Evaluator. She is also Certified in animal CPR and First Aid. In March of 2013 she joined Love on a Leash Therapy Dog Organization and started her own Chapter here in Winston-Salem called "Fostering Friendship." She is now a certified Therapy Dog Evaluator.
Training dogs is not a second job or a hobby for me. It is my full-time profession, my life and my love. More than 90% of my customers are referred to me by professionals in the veterinary/pet care field or come to me by word-of-mouth referrals from satisfied customers. I have over 11 years of experience. When you hire Elite Canine, you can rest assured that you are working with a competent, experienced professional. More than just dog training, together with my clients, we are paving the way toward a better life for all dogs and their families.
Elite Canine uses modern, reward-based training methods based on the scientific principles of animal learning theory. Our highly effective techniques are 100% dog-friendly and taught with an emphasis on trust and cooperation, so you can truly be your dog's best friend. We do NOT use pain, force, shock, choke, startle, fear or intimidation. Positive reinforcement really works and you avoid the negative side effects (such as fear, anxiety and aggression) that can come with using corrections and other aversive techniques. Rewards can be many things, depending on the individual dog. The most obvious is food treats but there are many more possibilities (access to play, walks, door opening services, etc). Almost anything our dogs need and/or want on a daily basis can be used as rewards. Training is incorporated into your everyday life and is enjoyable on both ends of the leash!