Teaching a Dog in a Smart Way Doesn’t Have to Be Hard: A Conversation with Ginger Kinion…



Have you ever wondered how to motivate your dog to do certain things or how to work through barriers in your training? Have you wondered how to keep obedience training fun and creative? When I remember the important people who got me started in dog obedience and gave me the motivation to continue training, I think about Ginger Kinion. I was in my early twenties and just got a Sheltie puppy. I knew I wanted to teach basic skills and was referred to Ginger’s class. She was one of several trainers who helped me learn the importance of keeping training fun with short sessions throughout the day. That was also known as “kitchen training” where you catch the teachable moments when they happen.  Ginger’s career as a 6th grade school teacher gave her the gift to teach what could sometimes be boring basic obedience skills, in a fun and entertaining way. This certainly made me return to class every week.  During my talk with Ginger, we will discuss how she first got started in dog training, how she uses her classroom teaching skills to apply to her dog training, how she uses creativity to work through challenging dog training obstacles and how she maintains her positive and upbeat demeanor over years of judging and competitions.

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My name is Virginia Kinion, but everyone calls me Ginger. I have lived in the St. Louis/St. Charles, Missouri area my entire life. From my first memory as a child I have loved dogs. When I was five years old,  I won a cocker spaniel in a National television contest and that dog changed the life of my entire family. Later in life I became interested in competing in dog obedience and teaching others to train dogs. The teaching part was easy for me since my real job was teaching elementary school. Understanding how dogs see the world took much more education on my part and is an ongoing project. In 1993,I became an American Kennel Club obedience judge. Judging has provided with me a chance to travel and meet so many interesting people who have become dear friends. I presently am retired and have four dogs who share my life. Thank you, Allison White, for inviting me to take part in your podcast.