Aschley’s passion for dogs began at the young age of thirteen, when her family brought Blackerry “Bear,” a Border Collie, into the family. Early on, she noticed that Bear was highly receptive to training and asked her parents for permission to enroll Bear into an agility class.
Shortly thereafter, she began training Bear at Oakview Veterinary Clinic in Plover, Wisconsin.
At a local trial, Aschley met Cindy Brick, a nationally recognized dog agility trainer, and was invited to begin under her tutelage. Aschley trained and competed for over a decade with Bear, earning a MACH, along with other accolades. Bear inspired Aschley to follow her passion and continue to work with dogs throughout her life.
In 2009, Aschley moved to Florida to attend graduate school. Around that time, she began training service dogs and running the agility program for a local trainer in Naples. As the program grew, so did Aschley’s passion and reputation in the dog community. In late 2012, Aschley took the plunge and acted on her dream of developing a premier indoor dog training facility, bringing Ruffgers Dog University to Naples.
Aschley has successfully operated Ruffgers Dog University for several years, growing her clientele base and making a substantial imprint on the canine community. She currently competes with her two dogs — Addison, a mix, and Skyy, a Border Collie — at the local and national level. She has qualified for the national title in the USDAA competitions on multiple occasions.
Training dogs requires patience, empathy and an enormous heart, all of which is evident in her training style, technique, and demeanor when interacting with her furry companions. Aschley is a “must watch” over the coming years as a prominent figure in the agility and dog training arena.