About Us

A Glimpse into the world of Ginny Venning        

Welcome to Venning & Company.  The first thing you need to understand is that the name is simply a play on words and not a real “company” in the usual business sense.  It just sounded better than “Ginny & her Dog Friends”.  :)

I reached a point in my life where I wanted to work for myself doing something I really love.  I didn’t have to look any farther than “dogs” to find it and I ended up with the best job in the world!

I spend my days talking and walking and sharing my home with dog companions – get to know me and you’ll understand why this is such a good fit.

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My lifelong involvement with dogs -- and listening to the beat of my own drum -- has taken me on an a long and interesting journey.

My love for dogs was a springboard for my own training and grooming facility in the 70’s.

This led to the adventure of a lifetime in the 80’s as a licensed professional guide in Idaho’s mountain backcountry and a position as General Manager for one of the most respected horsemen outfitters in the state.

In the Clearwater Mountains I was able to hone my inherent skills in organization and logistics with a life on wilderness trails spending months at a time in remote tent camps.

My appreciation grew for “calm & quiet” and a keen sense of self-reliance.

The next 20 years I worked with my brother, Scott, in his businesses at Venning Enterprises.

We broke ground in the burgeoning cellular telecom industry from the days when cellphones were in the shape of bags & bricks to the modern era of way-cool smartphones.

I earned a solid reputation as an innovative problem solver whether handling logistics for complicated technology upgrades, troubleshooting operational issues, or building successful marketing strategies involving our Fortune 500 clients.

Concurrently, from the early 90's to the mid-2000s I immersed myself and my dogs in the world of dog agility and was an avid and successful competitor and instructor.  For several years I spent most weekends on the road traveling to agility trials all over the midwest.

Most recently I spent 7 years enthusiastically involved in sheepherding and gained the skill to become a “stock-handler” and work at local herding trial competitions.

As a stock-handler, my border collies and I worked together as partners to sort and move livestock around the farm as needed and set them up for the next competitor.

Doing actual useful work with a dog as my partner is one of the all-time highs of my entire life.

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I am a lifelong student of animal behavior and dog training techniques.  I think the most important aspects of teaching and training are to get the students (humans and dogs) to feel they are making progress and enjoying the journey.

Students need to have a clear understanding of what the goal of the lesson is supposed to look and feel like.

It’s a teacher and trainer’s responsibility to fan the flame of their student’s interest and have them eager to come back for more.

If your human or canine student doesn’t enjoy the process, what’s the point?

To make the most of your relationship with your dog, two-way communication is essential.

Dogs are “talking” to us all the time.  It’s up to us to learn their language.

"Dog talk" is mostly body language – the change of an ear set, the narrowing of the eye, the tension or relaxation in a lip, or the posture of neck and shoulder just to name a few.

Too often all our dogs hear from us is “blah-blah-blah” because we humans tend to use lot of words that our dogs don’t understand.

What we really need is to be more conscious of our own tone of voice and body language.

Dogs are masters at reading BOTH.

It is my belief that when you and your dog are both calm and confident you have the greatest chance at learning to communicate with each other with a positive result.

To communicate better with your dog learn to:
Radiate Calmness
Speak Quietly
Use your Posture & Position
Praise Lavishly

In training, try to set up the situation so your dog can be successful.

Success breeds success.

Don't push too hard.  Take little steps and build on those.

Little steps make strong foundations.

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What can you count on with me?

My personal strengths are a deep-seated sense of responsibility, perseverance and adaptability.  I have a wide range of abilities with a rock-solid dependable core.

I live each day with a positive outlook and I’m blessed with a genetically hard-wired gift to seek out a solution to every problem I encounter.

I am one of the most organized and detail-oriented people you will ever meet.

I’ve combined a lifetime of experience with my love of dogs -- and a sense of humor great enough to be able to enjoy it -- to come up with a passion called “Ginny & her Dog Friends”.

No, that still sounds silly, so I think I’m going to keep calling it “Venning & Company”.

Give me a call or email if you’d like to come over for a visit and see for yourself if this is the kind of experience you want for your dog.