About Canine Initiative Training

After training and competing with dogs for 8 years, Danielle officially started Canine Initiative in early 2016. Canine Initiative Training offers group classes and private lessons in both pet manners and competitive dog sports.
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The training methods taught at Canine Initiative are reward-based and are individualized to each dog and handler's needs. If you'd like more information about methods, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Classes and private lessons are held at our training facility just south of Tremont, IL, conveniently located off of I-155. The facility is a large, heated building with rubber matting. Agility equipment is UKC competition grade.

About The Trainers

Allie Fekete
More information coming soon!!

Danielle Stuber
My name is Danielle Stuber. I am 20 years old and got started training and competing in 4-H when I was 8. I've been competing in AKC and UKC obedience, rally, and agility since I was 10. I have three of my own dogs: a Pug (11), an Australian Shepherd (7), and a Belgian Malinois (2). Among our accomplishments are many competitive titles, quite a few Obedience and Rally High In Trial awards, and 5 wins at the UKC National Top Junior Invitational competition in Obedience and Rally. We are also starting to try out some new sports, including Dock Diving, Nose Work, and Mondioring.

I have been teaching my own classes and private lessons, as well as instructing the Tazewell County 4-H dog training classes, for almost 5 years now. I officially started Canine Initiative Training in early 2016.

I have fostered and trained service dogs through a local non-profit organization, Paws Giving Independence. When I have had spare time and am not too busy fostering for Paws Giving Independence, I have also helped foster and work with dogs through Foster Pet Outreach in Edwards, IL. If you are looking to adopt, I highly recommend checking out their available animals first. Their foster homes can give you a good idea of the animal's temperament and personality prior to adopting to ensure it's a perfect fit for you (and for the animal)!

In addition to hands-on training experience, I have completed 7 online dog training courses from Karen Pryor Academy, Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, and Leerburg Online University. I have an expanding library of dog training books and DVDs and enjoy attending dog training seminars.

I spent two months this past summer interning with Tyler Muto and his staff at K9 Connection in Buffalo, NY. K9 Connection specializes in the rehabilitation of aggressive and reactive dogs. I loved my time out there getting more hands-on experience with the "difficult dogs," so when Tyler offered me a job, I was thrilled to accept it! I will be moving back to Buffalo in April. However, I will be returning to Canine Initiative Training in the future to apply what I've learned here, and will continue to post updates on what I'm learning to the Canine Initiative Facebook page. :)