b. January 2, 1994 -- d. December 27, 2003
My mother was diagnosed with stage 4 breast
cancer in October 1993, and even after immediate
surgery and intensive chemotherapy treatments,
the doctors gave her less than one year to live.
I was 17 years old and a senior in high school
at the time, with a life-long desire to work with
animals, especially dogs.
Jasper, a German Shepherd and Rottweiler mix,
was a gift from my mother in February 1994 to
fulfill and accomplish my life's dream and to be a
reminder of her when she would no longer be with
I am very happy to say that Mother is still alive
and doing very well. Mother and I shed many tears
the week we said "Good-bye" to Jasper. He lived
a very full and happy ten years and is missed by
all who knew him.
Cali is a Rottweiler-mix puppy we adopted in March 2014 from a rescue in NC. Feb 2015, Connor (age 6) and Cali (12 months old) earned there Therapy Dog Certificate.
Jax was an imported German Shepherd knowing only German commands. Gifted from a previous employer, Jax became my first sport competition and personal protection K9. Jax and I had a lot of fun together.
Hi, my name is Linnea Nicely-Dix (pronounced "lin-NAY-ah"). My love and enthusiasm for dogs began at a young age with family pets. By high school, I knew I wanted to train dogs professionally and was given my first German Shepherd mix for that purpose. My introduction to professional dog training began as a veterinary assistant where I successfully handled "impossible" dogs rescued from abusive situations. My compassion and gentleness had a calming effect on even the worst aggressive cases. These experiences led me to National K-9 School for Dog Trainers in Columbus, Ohio, (1998) and then on to North
Star Academy in Sanford, NC, (2001) where I earned two Master Trainer and Behavioral Specialist Certifications. Since then, I have trained literally thousands of dogs in basic and advanced obedience training, as well as many support dogs for the hearing impaired, personal protection and security canines, narcotics detection canines, and pet therapy. However, I love the challenge of and specialize in behavioral modification training for problem dogs.
I have over 23 years of training experience and over 10 years of pet therapy volunteering in the Tidewater area. I have lectured at Tidewater Community College Veterinarian Tech Program and have been a guest speaker for numerous Virginia Beach and Suffolk grade schools, as well as for many homeschool support groups/co-ops. I have given talks at many local veterinarian clinics, doggie daycare facilities, pet-sitting businesses, AKC breed clubs, and neighborhood civic leagues. I also had an integral part in the founding and organization of the K9 Strike Team, a Virginia Task Force. Many local and statewide "dangerous dog" and "vicious dog" charges in courts across the state of Virginia have utilized my services as their "expert witness."
In recent years, as a homeschooling mother of five children (ages 4-12), I have limited my training availability, however, I still greatly enjoy my weekly training sessions and I am always glad to help.
Sacha was an imported Belgian Malinois who, as a therapy dog, had unlimited patience with our growing family. He passed away Christmas 2013 at the age of 12.
Abby recently passed away (Oct 2015) at age 12.. She was a pure joy to own with her happy spirit infecting every room she walked into.