Here is the story of
Clearwater Dog Training becoming a reality!
Gina has been working with animals most of her life. As a
child she had dogs as well as horses.
In 1983, Gina was reunited to the animal world by
purchasing a border collie mix puppy from a pet store. Minka
became her name. Little did Gina know this new little bundle
of joy would start her on a journey that would create the
passion she still lives by and educates with today at
Clearwater Dog Training. Minka was a very
high-strung dog that had endless energy and did not prefer to
be left behind -- especially on rainy, thunderstorm days.
One stormy spring
day, Minka was left behind, which ended very tragically.
Separation anxiety and thunderstorm anxiety were unknown to
Gina at that time. After Minka's untimely death Gina was
mortified and began the quest to understand why this had
happened. Gina discovered that the events of that stormy day
did not have to happen -- had she had a better understanding
and education on how to help Minka with her anxiety issues.
Soon after, Gina began working in a training program with a
local training center and working closely with a master
trainer. Gina was like a sponge and learned all she could
about how to help dogs. After a 6 month apprenticeship, she
was employed as a obedience instructor and worked for the same
facility for several years. Gina then furthered her education
through working with a popular veterinarian in Golden to learn
more about the animal healthcare field while continuing to
helping her dog-training clients in their homes.
Gina Krehbiel &
Gina opened her own training facility, Clearwater Dog
Training at 5555 W Evans in January of 1996. Gina had
adopted a female German shepherd, Britta who was injured as a
week-old puppy and needed extra special care. This puppy would
be a key ingredient of Gina's training philosophy and
approach. Through all of the care that was given, a bond was
developing, that, as the years passed with Britta, Gina had
discovered the true meaning of man's best friend.
When Gina first founded Clearwater Dog Training, the
training was centered around simply obedience training the
dog. The friendship between Gina and her companion Britta
became so special that Gina began to change her training at
Clearwater to teach the human more about the dog's behavior
and interactions, in addition to teaching the obedience. Her
goal is to give each student the opportunity to “learn to
fish” instead of doing the fishing for them. Gina also
believes that we will have fewer problem dogs if people
understand and can better manage their dog's behavior. This
will ultimately result in fewer dogs in shelters or being
euthanized for a simple lack of understanding. Clearwater
Dog Training helps their students achieve meaningful and
rewarding relationships with dogs through helping them with
understand why the dog behaves the way it does and using
positive, reward-based techniques. After training thousands of
dogs at Clearwater Dog Training, this approach has
worked miraculously and will continue to work as Gina pays
close attention to how your dog is developing in class.
As an educator, and a student in life, Gina is constantly
learning, improving and growing and seeks to find new
approaches and ways of effectively interacting and teaching
others to interact with the dogs. She has explored classes in
subjects as diverse as Tellington Touch, Acupressure,
Reiki, Healing Touch and Feng Shui.
This new information is then evaluated and incorporated
into the continuously evolving and improving training
techniques that are an integral part of Clearwater Dog Training's
philosophy. Recently, Gina has been working towards a
Herding title with her German shepherd, Cheyenne. The original
foundation of good manners and a positive relationship between
the two of them (which was implemented with Cheyenne as a
puppy) has proven very rewarding as the two of them seek
completing their Started title in Herding.
Educating, and creating dogs with excellent manners and
fruitful, positive relationships with their families is what
Gina seeks to contribute and teach to all who enter the doors
at Clearwater Dog Training.