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, local rescue prganizations or come to me by word-of-mouth referrals from satisfied customers. I have over 12 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. Force-free, 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!
Geralyn Kelly has been working with dogs since 2002. She began in a daycare/kennel environment where she gained valuable firsthand knowledge about canine behavior. In 2004, after two years at the daycare/kennel Geralyn began her training career and has never looked back! She began training at a large corporate pet store chain where she learned everything from Ethology, the scientific study of animal behavior, to Learning Theory, understanding how dogs learn. The core of Geralyn’s belief is that to be a great dog trainer, you must know everything about them from their origins, background, and recent changes in breeds and how their minds work. After three years in the corporate world, Geralyn left the pet store chain to pursue a career with a private kennel. Here, she developed the entire training program for this kennel from the ground up where she trained Obedience, Agility and Flyball! In 2008 Geralyn relocated to Winston-Salem and spent four more years working for a corporate pet store chain as Store Trainer and Area Trainer where she not only held many classes in store, she trained numerous other trainers who have gone on to have successful training careers. During this assignment she trained dogs in Obedience and Rally. In December of 2012, Geralyn decided she would like to be able to reach more animals and work more closely with their human handlers and rescue groups and decided to open her own training center, Elite Canine!
Not only does Geralyn run a full time training center, she also works with and trains service dogs. In May of 2012 Geralyn trained “Mike the Greyhound” who just happens to be the first greyhound in North Carolina to be a registered service dog. In July of 2012, Geralyn trained “Abby the Shih Tzu” who at the time was a two years old, to be a service dog who is trained to alert her owner when his pacemaker battery is getting low. Abby is the only known service dog in the United States who is trained to alert for a pacemaker battery!
Due to her training of “Mike the Greyhound” Geralyn was has been included in many TV and print publications. Most notably, Geralyn was featured in “Cesar’s Way” a magazine from Cesar Milan as well as a national TV show named “The Real Winning Edge” where she appeared with Mike’s owner Becca Hart. This work also landed Geralyn in a TV report with Fox 8’s Bob Buckley, and articles in Forsyth Woman, Forsyth Family and Highlights Magazine!
Geralyn has quite a list of certifications and memberships starting with animal CPR and First Aid, which is very important when you operate your own training facility. She is a Certified Program Evaluator for the Canine Good Citizen, Community Canine and S.T.A.R. Puppy Programs. Geralyn is also a member of the Pet Professional Guild and began a local chapter of the Love on a Leash Therapy Dog Organization in Winston-Salem called “Fostering Friendship”. Geralyn is also a certified Therapy Dog Evaluator and a certified Be a Tree presenter!’
Since opening her own training center, Geralyn has worked tirelessly to connect with rescue groups and offer her services to their foster’s and adoptees. Currently, Elite Canine partners with, Forsyth Humane Society, Stepping Stones Canine Rescue, Surry Animal Rescue, Merit Pit Bull Foundation, AARF, The Humane Society of Davie County, German Shepherd Hope Rescue, Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue, Carolina Boxer Rescue, The Fort Rescue, Juliet's House, Humane Society of Stokes County, Forsyth Animal Control, and Project Pearl. For each of these organizations, Geralyn offers free services to dogs that are in foster homes and a $20 discount for a Puppy/Beginner class for all adoptees! Geralyn also worked on Unchained Forsyth building team from which builds fences for dogs who are permanently chained at their homes. In February 2013, Elite Canine co-funded a fence for Beba a pit bull who was chained to a tree in her back yard. Beba had just given birth to puppies but now runs free in her very own fence! In the spring of 2013, Elite Canine sponsored the “Paws for Unity” event which raised money for the Stokes County Animal Shelter to help fund their new facility. In the fall of 2013, Elite Canine co-hosted Winston Salem’s 1st Responsible Dog Owner Day and Canine Challenge where dogs participated in sporting events to raise money for local charities. In February of 2014, Elite Canine teamed up again to raise money to fund additional bullet proof vests for the Forsyth Sheriff’s Department, called Kevlar for K9s. This fundraiser was a direct result of the loss of Davie County’s K9, Gorky, who was killed in the line of duty. This fundraiser provided enough money to purchase three additional bullet proof, Kevlar vests for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department. In September of 2014 Elite Canine hosted Winston-Salem’s 2nd Annual Canine Challenge where over 700 people attended and fun was had by all. Geralyn joined Unchain Winston in 2014 and was the Top Dog Sponsor for Fuzzy’s fence on February 15, 2015. In just over 2 years, these fundraisers, plus many food and toy drives, have raised over $8,000, 100+ dog toys and 85+ bags of food, 3 Kevlar vests plus other K9 supplies and 2 new fences!!
Work with Children:
Not only are children allowed, even encouraged to attend classes with their four legged brothers and sisters, Geralyn has now started hosting the “Stop the 77” program. This program is a free program offered to children to help teach dog bite prevention, how to safely interact with dogs as well as how to read the body language of dogs to help prevent bites! As if she wasn’t busy enough, Geralyn also finds time to take her therapy dogs, Foster and Nanook to local schools where they participate in group and one on one reading sessions and career days!!
Classes designed to build strong walking and communication skills. Enhance reliable commands with distractions and teach every day manners.
Classes to train for obtaining Canine Good Citizen Title, Therapy Dog Certification,Community Canine Title and the Urban Community Canine Title.
Classes designed for dogs of all ages who have had little or no formal training.
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.