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Nathan Harwell has a passion for dogs in general having grown up with them, but has developed a particular interest in the hunting breeds. He rescued a German Shorthaired pointer named Titan while working in the oilfield with the intent of once again wanting a dog in his life and looking to combine it with his passion for hunting. Having never before bird hunted with a pointing dog, he set out to self-learn about the training associated with hunting dogs. Nathan has a particular emphasis in obedience training and how it is the baseline of most commands utilized with hunting dogs. Nathan started running his German Shorthaired Pointer, Kira, in AKC Hunt Tests as a summer activity and Kira successfully completed her Junior Hunter Title. They are currently working towards more advanced titles.
While a lot of his knowledge is self-researched, the finer points of training knowledge come as a direct relation to his involvement in the local North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) and their surplus of dog trainers willing to pass on their knowledge. Nathan values having well-mannered yet playful dogs that hunt and are a part of the family. Nathan enjoys working on training apart from his full-time job as a structural engineer.
Karlee Laubach is the founder of Heidi’s Home Rescue. She has a passion for helping animals that are most at risk. She has been working in dog rescue for the past 7 years and enjoys training dogs to help make them become more adoptable. Karlee gained confidence in her skills as people that came across dogs she worked with continued to seek out advice from her and would request she help them train their dogs after seeing the results of her training. Karlee particularly specializes in teaching dog’s basic obedience, manners, and tricks. Karlee’s methods often utilize the dog’s current strengths and interests when she begins working them and always creates fun, rewarding experiences for the dogs. Karlee wants to share her techniques in training to help those struggling with their dog and/or new to them create a respectful, enjoyable, and bonded relationship with each other. Karlee values fostering human and animal relationships. Karlee enjoys working with dogs apart from her full-time career as a social worker.