The VKC Park Service
The VKC Park Service (VPS) is the group of Trainers and Park Assistants who, as dedicated, enthusiastic VKC pet owners, devote some of their time helping other owners, spreading the joy and sharing their knowledge.
The VPS is headed by the Parks Director - Blu Sparkle. VPS Members are all folk who, one way or another, have been captured by the magic of the pets and decided to get more involved.
VKC Proven Trainers often start as Park Assistants who, as their name suggests, spend their time at the various Dog Parks, greeting visitors, demonstrating the pets' abilities and answering simple questions.
Those who really get bitten by the bug invariably ask to become Trainers. They start their training as Apprentice Trainers under the guidance of an experienced VKC Proven Trainer before taking an applied test to demonstrate their skills. For the test, the Apprentice receives a dog that has a problem and is assigned a specific trick to teach to the dog. Miss Sparkle observes the applicant’s diagnostic and problem-solving skills, knowledge of the dogs, and pizzaz when teaching the required trick.
Upon those who pass this test, Miss Sparkle bestows a VKC Novice Badge and the title, VKC Novice Trainer. The badge and title assure the public that the person is able to help VKC Pets and their owners. VKC Novice Trainers continue their studies by working closely with a different VKC Proven Trainer than the one with whom they worked as an Apprentice Trainer.
VKC Proven Trainers
Upon successful completion of the Novice period, the Novice is upgraded to full VKC Proven Trainer status and receives a fully-empowered VKC Proven Trainer Badge. The badge and title assure the public that this is a person who is skilled in handling VKC Dogs and helping owners.
Trainers teach VKC Patrons how to care for their dogs. Trainers also assist with problems such as lost or sick dogs or dogs who were not delivered by SL following adoption. They are responsible for upholding the VKC Charter to help ensure a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere in the parks. These VKC Proven Trainers work in all of the VKC Dog Parks rather than in any particular park.
Anyone needing the services of a Trainer need only walk up to a VKC Clinic and say “help” in local chat. The Clinic will search for available Trainers and present the Patron with a list of who is available. The Patron then clicks on any available name to summon assistance. If no Trainers are online, an email message goes out to every Trainer, assuring you of the support you need.
To make support even easier to obtain, the VKC Park Service also maintains a VKC Park Team sign in each VKC Dog Park. This sign lists all the Trainers who are online and available to assist you, plus it shows which languages the Trainer speaks most comfortably. All Trainers are prepared to help all customers, no matter the languages involved. Simply click on any name to request assistance.
Current VKC Trainers
At the time of writing the VKC Trainers
are: Blu Sparkle, Keiichi Ichtama, Renate1 Roelofs, Nanisternchen Martinek, Aztek Aeon, Rosanna Himmel, Karys Aarde, Adushana, Dani Oleander, Qwerty Qork, Sandry Logan, Karenza McCullough, sbgurl82 Resident
are: RasRootsman Resident