Vicki Ronchette has lived with dogs her whole life. She began working with animals professionally in 1985 when she received a certificate in Veterinary Assisting while still in high school. She began training dogs in the late 80s when she started training her own dogs for competition obedience. She has competed in various dog sports and has attained multiple animal training certifications including CPDT (Certified Pet Dog Trainer), CAP2 and CNWI. In 2016, after years of teaching all levels of pet dog classes and offering behavior consulting Vicki restructured her business to focus on conformation training, canine conditioning and bird training. She owned a grooming shop throughout the 90s and realized in 2015 that she missed grooming and began working at Fluff Dog Grooming on a limited basis.
Vicki is the author of Positive Training for Show Dogs – Building a Relationship for Success, From Shy to Showy - Help for Your Shy Show Dog, Ready? Set. SHOW! - A Handbook for Dog Shows and has written numerous dog training articles. Her articles have been published in the Chronicle of the Dog, The Whole Dog Journal, Best in Show Daily, Bay Woof and many other publications. Vicki also has a DVD available to help people learn more about using positive methods to work with show dogs.
Vicki is the founder and lead instructor of Show Dog Prep School, the online conformation college offering online courses, webinars, workshops and a mentor program all designed for the conformation exhibitor.
She is an AKC licensed Dachshund and Basset Hound Field Trial Judge and has bred and finished many Dachshund championships and field championships under the kennel name Braveheart. While she considers herself a trainer, not a professional handler, she has handled other people’s dogs to their championships and other wins as well as coaching clients to championships and national rankings in the conformation ring. What Vicki truly enjoys is helping people train their show dogs and problem solve specific issues they may be having in the ring. She is the founder of the Positive Training for Show Dogs Facebook page and website.
Vicki is committed to training animals using positive, science based methods and continues to take courses and attend seminars and workshops from respected trainers, behaviorists and authors to continue her education and skill set. See a list of many of the seminars, conferences and workshops that Vicki has attended here.