Next Steps – Show on the Road
(Oh, that Wandering Heart…)

After almost five years of managing, operating, and upkeeping physical business locations… the time had come for a change of pace.

To recap, a little over a year ago I took a significant (and initially intimidating) step.  After four years of training, boarding, daycare, and rescue rehab, in August 2016 I decided to let go of a lucrative part of the business, our Boarding and Structured Daycare Services and facility, so I could focus exclusively on training.  (see January post, “New Location, New Focus and Direction”).

As I closed one door, others opened.

Over the course of a few months, the training business quickly took a life of its own, flourished, and my calendar filled with private lessons, group classes, and board-and-train pups – weeks in advance.

In parallel to working with my students, by April 2017 a new collaboration begun – with Elite K911 Dog Training & Behavior, one of the largest, most established training facilities in the Greater Cleveland Area.  What started as a two-day internal workshop with their newest trainers, moved forward with regular on-site assistance and guidance through the more advanced stages of their Board and Train Program.

By July, as I committed more time to following through with my students on real-life training venues (in-home lessons, parks, pack walks), as well as continuing to work with and support other trainers, another business shift made sense, both intuitively and logistically.  In order to follow through on this new path more efficiently, I decided to let go of my second training facility as well.

As I closed yet another door… others opened, again.
In the few months that followed, I was given the opportunity to travel, connect with other trainers, do competitive obedience demos, teach workshops, and on a personal note, found more time to work my own dogs.

In addition, shifting focus has also been incredibly beneficial to my dog sport journey.  In the past year, I was able to get my three year old Belgian Malinois, Baby Azande, ready for his Mondioring 2.  We competed at the National Championship (2nd Place!), qualified for the USA World Team, and were able to travel to France for training, followed by a decent showing at the Mondioring World Championship in Spain…  Not to mention having the opportunity to connect with and learn from some of the best trainers, handlers, and decoys in the sport.

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In these whirlwind, fast-paced changes and new developments, I have been fortunate to have the invaluable support of my family, friends, clients, and colleagues…

As I will continue to offer in-home, off-site lessons and support to current students, my schedule continues to be full, several weeks in advance.  I may be able to take on new clients at any given moment, depending on urgency and time availability – with priority given to certain behavioral cases and dog sport interest.  Nonetheless, if I am personally unable to help within a given time frame, I would be more than happy to recommend other local trainers whose expertise and techniques I highly trust.

Looking forward to continuing along my teaching path in slightly different venues than before, workshops and seminars, reaching a wider audience, and most of all helping others along their own training journey – as I also continue to learn more about different dog sports and improve my own skill as handler and competitor.

~ Roxana Vlasceanu, HDP K9 Owner and Head Trainer

Baby Az Rox Spain 2017

With Baby Azande, after the Mondioring World Championship (Spain, October 2017)

 

New Location, New Focus and Direction

Oh 2016!… A year of massive (and exciting) move forward!

In June, we signed the lease to an additional 2,000+ sq ft training facility – to complement the Structured Training Daycare and Boarding Services we offered at the time.  Overwhelming at first, yet a much needed working space!

As months went by, the remodeling progressed, and the new location took a life of its own… a new direction became more and more apparent.  I personally needed to be in a position to offer more lessons and classes, help my students achieve their goals more efficiently, follow their individual progress more closely, and overall be able to make more of a difference in their relationship with their pups.

By the beginning of September, I made the difficult decision to close our Boarding and Daycare facility (on Berea Road), and focus exclusively on training. Bitter-sweet time, as November would have marked our four year anniversary at the original location.  From intensive rescue rehabilitation, training and behavioral modification to Structured and Training Daycare, business and journey evolved.  We had more than 500 dogs come through our door!

Choosing to close an active, needed, growing, and financially stable branch of the business was not easy – neither emotionally nor logistically.  Yet it was necessary – to allow the training to thrive to its potential.  Looking back on the past few months, it was the best move I could have made for the business, my students, as well as myself, my family, and my own dogs.

Throughout the process, I have been humbled by our network of support.  Understanding, encouragement, referrals, clients and students, local pet businesses, veterinary clinics… (Certainly not expected, but also certainly much, much appreciated!)  Also quite thrilled that many of our “daycare / boarding pups” have been making the transition along with us: enrolling in stay-and-train programs, and continuing to visit for lessons and classes.

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If we have not been in touch for a while and your pup is in need of emergency boarding, please contact us. I will be more than happy to provide a trusted referral depending on your pup’s temperament and needs.

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THANK YOU, everyone, for your incredible support…

And oh… Happy Training! 🙂

~ Roxana Vlasceanu, HDP K9 Owner and Head Trainer

New HDP - Remodel

New Directions

This past year has brought about a few new developments and a change of direction with our little business.

We’ve followed our hearts and passions. We’ve grown a bit. We’ve added a new service, “Day Training School,” a training daycare program for busy families with active dogs. We’ve made a few changes to our staff, welcoming the addition of a new health and wellness specialist / training assistant. Redesigned our website (still a work in progress, but getting there). We’ve made fun and functional adjustments to our facility: separate play and training yards, rearranged our training floor to accommodate more dogs, added a little indoor play area, remodeled our office and pup boarding rooms… To name just a few of the changes.

While change is exciting, it can also be overwhelming at first, with things progressing rapidly in many different areas. We have refrained from making any public announcements for the past few months, until the dust had settled a bit, so to speak. As a result, you may have noticed the recent lack of posts on our FB page. But that is about to change as well.

After much thought, soul searching and consideration, we have also decided on an additional change. A fairly significant one. While our official business name continues to be High Drive Pups, LLC, we have chosen to informally adjust our web presence to HDP K9, to better reflect our current path. What that means:

  1. You will notice that our original website, highdrivepups.com, will now be redirected to hdpk9.com.
  2. Since FB is making it tough to change the name once the page has reached a certain number of likes, we decided the best route was to create a new page and start fresh. Please visit https://www.facebook.com/highdrivepups.hdpk9 and, hopefully, give it a “like.” If you’d like, you could share the link on your page, or you could send individual invites to your friends, those who could potentially be interested in seeing our updates.

Thank you for your patience while we are working on our new website!

~ Roxana Vlasceanu, HDP K9 Owner and Head Trainer