Amy L. Rapp
Amy grew up on a game farm in Indiana, so her lifelong association with animals started at a very early age. Her horses ran with the zebra, camels, buffalo and llama. Amy was nearly kicked out of kindergarten for telling her classmates the story of watching her Vet castrate a stud horse while she watched in the barnyard. The kindergarten administration felt it was unsuitable and unladylike knowledge for a 5 year old as she was using correct anatomical terminology! Amy participated in 4-H with her horse and pony. Amy’s family bred and raised working Australian Shepherds. She was also an active 4 year member of Future Farmers of America. Amy learned to judge crops, beef and dairy cattle as well as horses. After high school, Amy went to work for Radisson Hotels while attending Ivy Tech in Indianapolis, she then moved from The Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites at Keystone at the Crossing, Indianapolis IN to the Radisson Mark Plaza Hotel in Alexandria, VA. Amy then became one of the 15 expatriates selected to move to Moscow, working on the opening team of the first American managed hotel in the Soviet Union, the Radisson Slavjanskaya Hotel. She was recruited by Ambassador Pickering, the American Ambassador to Russia as his Estate Manager at Spaso House. Amy oversaw all events at the residence and dachas, including 7 visits of the US President and Vice President. After a 15 year career in Hospitality Management, Amy took off her high heels and serious suits to return to her roots to work extensively with the Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac (a rescue started by ethical Labrador breeders) in VA, USA where she trained foster dogs and helped many dogs overcome behavioral issues.
She also raised puppies for the CETC (Canine Enforcement Training Center) in Front Royal VA. Five of the 6 puppies she raised went on to detect drugs and currency for US Customs and Border Patrol. Amy found the East African Kennel Club just days after her arrival and she has been an active member ever since. She also belongs to the Labrador Retriever Club of Kenya and the Ladies Kennel Association. She teaches the Wednesday morning socialization class for the Labrador Club, the beginner’s obedience class on Saturday afternoons run by the German Shepard Dog League and has recently started teaching a communication class for the Kenya Police Dog Section for the new dog handling recruits. Amy has worked with the staff at the KSPCA to train dogs for their annual Shaggy Dog show so that they may showcase dogs that are up for adoption.
Amy enjoys camping and frequently camps with the Labrador Retriever Club.
Amy arrived in Kenya with her yellow Lab that was a US Customs dog (yes, she kept her only “failed” pup) The Labrador has since passed on so now her dogs are an adolescent Rottweiler and a lovable Kenyan Shepherd AKA a shenzi dog that was born in Karura forest.
I provide education about dogs and their welfare to residents of Kenya; via one on one consultations on behavior and training, classes, kennel inspection, publications, articles, blogs, seminars, classes, and social media. Educating people will result in better communication, hence better training and better behavior from their dog. Education will result in increased ability to read their dogs body language resulting in teaching the owners/handlers positive, humane methods to train their own dogs.
I consolidate the best information and services for dogs and their owners on one website. Please contact me if you are in need of a service not covered here.
I do not breed or sell dogs. I actively encourage spay and neuter to prevent unwanted litters. I also offer rehoming services to keep more dogs from ending up at the KSPCA and taxing their resources. Please consult the Rehoming section to see dogs looking for new homes.