Beth Tauser – Obedience Instructor
Dogs have been members of Beth’s family all of her life. The earliest photo of her was taken with the family dog, “Spooky.” Spooky was a black and white S.P.C.A. Special and had a warm, loving and gentle spirit. Beth’s mother claimed that Spooky was a Border Collie, because he “bordered on being a Collie!”
Spooky was followed by “Jock,” another Pound Puppy who actually looked like a Border Collie. Jock was joined by “Skeeter,” a Beagle mix.
Beth purchased her first puppy when she was 14 years old. “Rowdy” was a sable merle Shetland Sheepdog with one brown eye and one blue eye. The breeder said she didn’t think she’d be able to find a home for him because of his coat color and mismatched eyes. That statement sealed the deal, and Rowdy found his home with Beth.
It was at that time that Beth took her first Obedience Class. Rowdy, being a smart and willing Sheltie, was an excellent student, and he graduated with a First Place ribbon from his Basic Obedience class.
Since Rowdy, she has taken every one of her dogs through at least the basics of obedience in order to socialize with other dogs and people and to strengthen the canine-human bond.
Beth’s husband liked her Shelties, but wanted to “feel something at the end of the leash.” Oh, Boy! So in 1975, they bought their first German Shorthaired Pointer. “Elga von Baronberg” was the first of many GSP’s to live with and capture the hearts of the Tausers.
Fast forward to 2004, and enter “Albert Gerhardt von Aachen.” Albert is the smartest dog Beth has known and as a GSP and a member of the Sporting Group, he has an incredibly high energy level. He literally runs laps inside the house to burn off energy.
Albert and Beth took a Puppy Kindergarten Class, followed by a Manners Class, Basic Obedience, Basic Plus, F.O.C.U.S., Agility, Rally and Trick Dog Classes. They have been enrolled in one class or another since Albert was 9 weeks old, and at the time of this writing, he is now 10 YEARS old!
In 2009, Beth and Albert entered their first ever Rally Obedience Trial. It was a great success, and Beth was immediately hooked on Rally and Obedience Trials!
Since that first competition, they have successfully competed in AKC, APDT, UKC and World Cynosport Rally Trials. Albert has earned his CD-CCH Obedience Championship through the Companion Dog Sports Program. In 2013, Albert earned his AKC Companion Dog Title. Two of his three qualifying scores won First Place ribbons at the German Shorthaired Pointer National Specialty Show.
In spite of the fact that she has worked with many dogs, Beth admits that she has learned far more from them than they from her. Every dog has something new to teach her.
Beth also has a Weimaraner and a Blue-Tick Coonhound at home that are in various phases of training. She is a firm believer that each and every class improves communication and socialization skills and increases that incredible bond between dogs and their people.
Beth is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, a Co-Instructor for the Puppy Class at Bella Vista Training Center and an active member of the York County Dog Training Club. She is also an Assistant Dog Trainer for Dog T.A.G.S., a non-profit program designed for Veterans with PTSD and/or Traumatic Brain Injury. In addition, she has been approved as an Evaluator for Therapy Pets Unlimited, a non-profit organization providing friendly pet visits to a variety of facilities.