Jeanette Groner

Life-long love of dogs leads trainer to author book

April 29, 2010 // 0 Comments

Jeanette Groner hates to hear stories of children attacked by dogs, although it happens every year. She hates it because she believes it doesn’t have to happen. “The dog community needs to step up to the problem,” she said. The Rockford dog trainer took a step in the right direction herself by authoring Child and Dog Safety, a book she believes is good for any  parent or dog owner to read. The mother of four said she often sees situations which could be dangerous. For example, she rarely lets her daughters pet a strange dog on a leash. She said a dog on a leash has limited options to escape should it feel threatened. “It just takes a second for something to go wrong,” Groner said. Groner said her first work was training law enforcement search and rescue dogs in her native Netherlands. She gave up the career when she took time off as a full time mother. “One of my proud brag moments was to see a dog I trained in body recovery at an earthquake site on CNN,” she shared. Here in Rockford, she is often asked to help with family dogs with behavior problems. Local business owner John Shattuck of Car Star and River Valley Auto had a dog with problems. His adopted a golden retriever—a breed known for its loving personality. This dog was not true to the breed. The Shattucks, who have a daughter who is adopted, took the dog to a trainer, who said it was too aggressive and would have to be put down. They didn’t want their daughter to go through the trauma of losing a loved pet and tried another trainer. The answer was the same: the dog is unsafe. “She took him for a week and had him at her home with her own family and children,” Shattuck said. “Now the dog is fine.” He said he had the opportunity to show the canine to the first trainer, who couldn’t believe it was the same animal. Prior to Groner’s intervention, Shattuck said the pet was completely aggressive and had no qualms about biting or attacking. Groner said the dogs actions stemmed from never learning proper behavior. This can happen when an animal is taken away […]

Veterinary Office Goes Beyond the Traditional

March 5, 2009 // 0 Comments

At Rogue Valley Veterinary Hospital (RVVH) and K-9 Sports Med-Hab, pets can enjoy more than the typical treatment options veterinarians offer. The business outgrew its former location on Algoma Avenue and has opened its doors for business at 4210 14 Mile Road NE, Rockford. Established in November, 1999, the hospital moved to its new location December 12, 2008. Now in the Cedar Rock area, RVVH chose this location based on the commitment to stay in the Rockford area, better exposure, and the easy access from US 131. With a state-of-the-art facility for canine rehabilitation, RVVH sees regular referrals from throughout the state of Michigan as well as the midwest and southern states. The owner of the practice is Dr. Doreen Comrie, DVM, CCRP (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner). Dr. Comrie has over 20 years experience in small animal medicine and surgery. She is a specialist in canine physical rehabilitation and sports medicine. She is the only CCRP in the Grand Rapids area and also the only University of Pennsylvania-certified Penn Hip provider in West Michigan‹a certification in evaluation and treatment of hip dysplasia in dogs. Following their rehabilitation at RVVH, many of her patients have been able to resume agility, obedience and field trial competitions, prolonging their careers and good health. Joining Dr. Comrie are Drs. Melinda Smith DVM and Meghan Swayman, DVM. Dr. Smith is an MSU, College of Veterinary Medicine graduate. She joined the hospital after gaining experience in small animal medicine and surgery at a private practice in Newaygo. Her special interest is in pain management for acute and chronic conditions. Dr. Swayman is a recent graduate of MSU, CVM and recently relocated to the Grand Rapids area. Staff includes Jeanette Groner, head trainer and canine social evaluator. She is a graduate of the College for Veterinary Technician in the Netherlands and is a certified dog behavior and obedience instructor through the Dutch ASPCA and a list of other certifications and in dog obedience and training. She has 17 years experience in the field and has over 20 years experience training dogs. She has trained dogs to work in agility, therapy, search and rescue and with law enforcement for body recovery, air scenting and tracking. Also on staff are Heather Woodard, registered veterinary […]