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 SPCA 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 GSPs 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, Trick Dog and most recently scentwork 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 15 years old!
In 2009, Beth and Albert entered their first Rally Obedience Trial. It was a great success, and Beth was immediately hooked on Rally and Obedience competition!
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. He also holds a Champion Trick Dog Title through “Do More With Your Dog.” In 2018, at the age of 14, Albert earned his Level Two Scentwork Title under C-WAGS (Canine Work and Games). He is now an official Scent Detective. He also holds a Champion Trick Dog Title through “Do More With Your Dog.”
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 named Whimsi at home. Whimsi has earned titles in Obedience, Rally, Tricks and Scentwork. Beth 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 Approved AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She is a Co-Instructor for the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy program, Level Two Basic Obedience and the Tricks class at Bella Vista Training Center. In addition, she is an active member of the York County Dog Training Club. She is also a volunteer instructor for Dog T.A.G.S., a non-profit program designed for veterans with PTSD and/or traumatic brain injury. She helps the veterans train their dogs to assist with their individual needs. She is a Certified Pet Evaluator for Therapy Pets Unlimited, a non-profit organization providing friendly pet visits to a variety of facilities.