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September 26, 2003 - Image 76

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-09-26

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Community

WHISPERER

Isaacson of the Madison
— part dance, part martial
Animal
Hospital.
arts — that he calls "Make
"He
had
to win my
My Day." It's a diversion-
respect," says Dr. Isaacson.
ary tactic to use when the
"I gave him the most dif-
dog tries to take the lead
ficult cases and I saw what
on a walk. The owner
he did. Then I thought
steps backward, pivots and
he'd have real potential to
snaps the leash, then gets
make our puppies excel-
the dog to reverse direc-
lent adults."
tion again.
At Dr. Isaacson's
"Surprise creates atten-
request, Roytapel does ini-
tion," Roytapel reminds.
tial training sessions twice
Other unconventional
a month at his clinic for
methods include placing
puppies 8-10 weeks old.
balloons on furniture as a
First he lectures, then he
deterrent to jumping and
deals with each puppy's
using a simple string as a
needs individually.
training line. They also
Wainz and Roytapel
use ultrasonic training col-
have
other plans for their
lars.
business
as well. They are
Because socialization is
nearly
finished
filming a
so important, A.C.T.
To all our
two-part
video
that
will
Roytapel's
dog-obedience
demonstration
at
plans lessons at dog parks,
feature
their
training
relatives and
Danto
Family
Health
Care
Center
in
in suburban downtowns
methods. And they are
West Bloomfield.
and at a pet store.
friends, our
looking for land in Lake
Roytapel's two German
Orion or Clarkston where
wish for a year shepherds often come
adding that it was necessary to
they
plan
to build a kennel fea-
out-perform his peers by 200
along as good role models.
filled with
turing
an
exercise-rehabilitation
percent to receive any recogni-
Occasionally,-his equally well-
pool for dogs, a grooming
happiness,
tion in a Communist country.
behaved son, Vladlin, 10,
facility and space for training.
Roytapel and his family fol-
comes, too, to help children in
health &
A member of the
lowed his sister and her family
the family understand the les-
International
Association of
and their father to Detroit six
sons.
prosperity.
Canine
Professionals,
Roytapel
years ago. They first lived in
also
trains
therapy
dogs
that
Gaining
Insight
Southgate Apartments in Oak
Suzanne & Richard
are
certified
to
work
with
emo-
Park and became somewhat
Roytapel first learned about
Goldman
tionally and physically disabled
animal behavior on his family's active in Rabbi Yosef
people. Periodically, he does
Coral Springs, FL
Misholovin's Friends of
farm in Azerbaijan, when his
dog obedience demonstrations
Refugees of Eastern Europe
biologist grandfather explained
and brings Alky, his therapy
(FREE) group. He and his
about dominant and submis-
dog, to work the audience at
wife, Antonina, and two sons
sive behavior in chickens.
nursing homes. Earlier this
keep kosher and celebrate the
Roytapel had wondered why a
year,
he visited Danto Family
Jewish
holidays
as
they
had
in
rooster and some hens could
Health
Care Center in West
Azerbaijan.
discipline other hens without
Bloomfield- to cheer the sen-
His first job was at Detroit's
retaliation.
iors.
Focus: Hope, where he man-
He went on to study animal
May the coming year be
And if he didn't have enough
aged and trained the organiza-
behavior and dog training in
filled with health and
to
keep him busy, Roytapel
tion's guard dogs. Once he
college. In the Russian army
also
is writing a "politically
happiness for all our
developed his English skills, he
from 1981-83, he trained dogs
incorrect"
book about the simi-
ambitiously
set
out
to
start
his
to patrol the Russian-China
family & friends.
larities between man and dog
own
dog
training
company.
border
and
worked
with
dog
L'Shanah Tovahl
with regard to the pack men-
He and Wainz started their
paratroopers. Later, he won
tality.
business only two years ago,
European champi-
Sugar & Mark Vogel several
Roytapel feels strongly that
but now are so busy they are
onships in dog obedience.
few
dogs are untrainable, once
Ilissa, Sonney &
training a fourth trainer.
He gained much of his over-
their
mental, physical and
Associate Cindi Fleishans trains
all confidence as a matter of
Lauren
social
needs are met. Given the
as
well.
They
claim
as
clients
survival as one of few Jews
Henderson, NV
structures
to take control, own-
such
well-known
Detroiters
as
growing up in a Muslim coun-
ers must consistently follow
Steve Yzerman, Tommy
try. He remembers being the
only Jew in his classes and hav- Hearns, Bill Bonds and Jacques through with the training, he
says.
ing to stand up and announce
Nasser.
"For me, the satisfaction
One way they built their
his name and the fact that he
comes
from helping people
was Jewish. Harassment usually business was to gain the trust
enjoy
their
dogs in any circum-
of several local veterinarians,
followed.
induding Dr. Alexander Byron stance . so they can be full,
"In Russian, there's a saying,
enjoyable members of their
of the Greenfield Animal
`Live among the wolves, howl
L'Shana Tova to all my like the wolves,'" he says,
families." ❑
Hospital and Dr. Ronald
friends Et relatives.

May the coming year be filled
with health, happiness
and prosperity for all our
family and friends

Lisa & Scott Dresner
Austin, Jordyn, Alexa

May the coming year be
filled with health and
happiness for all our
family & friends.
L'Shanah Tovahl

Rosa & Julius
Schaumberg

L'Shana Tova to all our
friends Ft relatives.

2003

76

Roberta Wolf, Doug Wolf
Jackie, Aaron, Samantha,
Jared & Diamond Pedman

from page 75

Mrs. Larry Guttenberg

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