2015 National Dog Trainer of the Year Finalists named

2015 National Dog Trainer of the Year Finalists

Jackie Dougall, Jeremy Joseph Brown, Jim Crosby, Barbara Henry, Lori Peper-Rucks, Karen Rude

MILLTOWN, WI – It takes a special kind of person to be a dog trainer. In most cases these trainers must not only be able to understand the animal’s behavior, but also how to work with its owner to ensure the training sticks. In the process, many dog trainers build a bond with both the animal and its owner that will leave a lasting impact on both. Greatmats wishes to honor these trainers that make a positive influence on the lives of dogs, owners and their communities, which is why it created the National Dance Instructor of the Year Contest. This contest recognizes dog trainers with integrity, outstanding customer service and quality training methods. Dog trainers have been nominated for this award by their clients, peers and community members based on these traits, and six finalists have been named, representing four states, for the 2015 National Dog Trainer of the Year Award.

Your finalists are:

(Name, training facility, city, state)

Jackie Dougall, Jackie’s Wag N’ Train, Hudson, Florida

Jeremy Joseph Brown, The Complete Canine, Tucson, AZ

Jim Crosby, Canine Aggression, Jacksonville, Florida

Barbara Henry, Domino Service Dogs, Lakewood, Colorado

Lori Peper-Rucks, Sunshine Kennels & Search & Rescue/Therapy/Service/Police K-9, Luck, WI

Karen Rude, Rude Dog U, Eau Claire, WI

Voting is taking place on Greatmats’ Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Greatmats/) now through Nov. 30, 2015 and the winner will be announced Jan. 4, 2016. The National Dog Trainer of the Year Contest is one of four simultaneous contests honoring instructors and trainers from various industries for their commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of their students, clients and community.

Greatmats is a national dog and specialty flooring industry leader based in Milltown, Wisconsin, since 1999. Identified as one of the top 3,000 fastest growing companies in the USA three times since 2008, Greatmats has earned an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and 9.5 TrustPilot rating through its Golden Rule customer service practices. Greatmats gives back to its local community by donating 5% of its annual profits to local non-profit organizations. It also supports green initiatives through the use of solar energy at its Wisconsin headquarters and by offering a large variety of products made from recycled and renewable resources.

Dog Agility Mats

 Dog agility is a relatively new sport with its first widely documented appearance occurring in 1978 at a dog show in the UK.  John Varley, a committee member, was given the task of entertaining the audience between obedience and conformation competitions in the main ring.  He created a sort of obstacle course based on some things he’d seen in the equestrian world as well as a few things he had seen dogs do at a fair. From there, the popularity of these obstacle courses grew and evolved into a full-fledged sport.  Today, dog agility is an international pastime with many different sanctioning organizations and competitions worldwide.

As any dog agility trainer will tell you, training canines in dog agility requires the right equipment.  At Greatmats, our foam dog agility mats are the best product available for you and your dogs.  They are made of a high-density EVA foam that is rugged and lightweight.  It provides a cushioned surface that is great for running and jumping on but is also dense enough to not be squishy or unstable.  These foam tiles are double sided and in-line reversible. They require no adhesive to install and the tight fitting, interlocking foam mats leave no tripping hazards.  Because they don’t require a glue-down installation, this foam flooring is portable so you can bring it anywhere you’d like.  Tiles are waterproof which is convenient when the weather turns bad. Each tile measures 40”x40” so they are large enough to piece your floor together quickly yet light enough to bring them with you when it’s time to relocate.
Greatmats Dog Agility Mats have a felt-top surface texture that provides excellent traction. The non-slip surface provides a safer surface for you and your animals and also an element of fatigue relief that is ergonomically better for joints and muscles than many harder surface types.  (Your knees will appreciate them as much as your dogs will.)  The tiles are lead and latex free.  Custom colors are available and these interlocking foam tiles typically ship from our warehouse in 1-3 days.
If this particular foam mat is not exactly what you need for your application, please consider one of our other foam mats. We offer a complete and comprehensive line of interlocking foam mats with some starting as low as 99 cents per square foot. Some of our foam mat products are available with free shipping.
Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.