Cummings also works with a border collie rescue. She has two rescued border collies that she works in agility competitions. They are therapy dogs as well, and Cummings takes them to visit retirement homes and hospitals. In addition, Cummings has a couple of pit bulls and a cat in residence.
“Dogs were bred for a purpose and they liked to be worked,” Cummings said. “You have to know your breed and be able to provide the stimulation that dog needs. My border collies can’t help it, they have to herd, and so agility training is great for them. They like to get direction and perform tasks.”
Cummings believes that a busy dog is a happy dog. They like to interact with their people. It is also important for dogs to become socialized to other people and dogs. She advocates puppy kindergarten and dog owners pursuing the American Kennel Club’s ‘Canine Good Citizen’ certificate.
Coyote Hill is equipped with a modern grooming station built as an addition to the back of Cummings’ house. There is a sizable run full of dog toys. Inside, carpeted kennel boxes face a television that shows dog-themed programs. Throughout the house there are treat jars in strategic locations.
“It really is a passion,” Cummings said. “I have studied the behavior of dogs and I know when they are happy, and that is when they are living a comfortable, balanced and healthy life.”
For more information on Coyote Hill, call 437-9607 or visit coyotehilldog.com.