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"For every beast in the forest is mine,
and the cattle upon a thousand hills."
~~Psalms 50:10~~

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MY STORY
 
First and foremost, I thank God for the opportunities He has and continues to give me. He has blessed me with an amazing husband and children as well as the ability to be involved in something I love doing.
My life has always included dogs, in fact I do not remember a time when I didn't have a dog by my side. I am a third generation professional dog trainer and handler, and have had wonderful opportunities throughout my life to travel and learn the art of training dogs.
I grew up on a ranch in western Oklahoma, and in fact, I still live on the same ranch with my husband and two sons. There are currently 4 generations of my family living here in close proximity. In more ways than one, this has helped me lay a solid foundation for my dog training business today.
My life training dogs began at a very young age. I not only learned how to handle the stockdogs around our ranch, I learned how to condition, train and show conformation dogs, with my first step into the ring at the tender age of 5. I was surrounded by professional handlers and I wasn't even old enough to compete in junior showmanship. I could barely see over the table the first time I presented my dog to the judge.
In high school, my FFA projects were centered on my dogs and training, and I placed twice at Nationals after winning at the state level. I have given demos for church and school groups, and have traveled with top professional handlers to some of the most prestigious shows in the country.
When I was 16, I chose a Border Collie puppy to keep from a litter born on our ranch. XP Strait was the first Border Collie I trained completely on my own to herd livestock. I handled him to two championships with wins at the local, state and national level along the way. My father, nationally known stockdog trainer Kent Herbel, has been my teacher and mentor throughout my years of learning to work with dogs. He has taught me the best way to train dogs is through fair and consistent communication. I have learned to apply these highly successful techniques throughout all phases of dog training.
In 2001 I met my future husband, Mark Syzemore. It wasn't long before he caught the "training bug" and adopted a border collie pup, Todd, from our second litter. His first weekend in the herding arena he took home a Reserve High in Trial. Mark and I married in 2004 and have two boys. Warren, born in March of 2006 and Everett, born in July of 2009.
I am currently on the management team of our family-owned ranch and professional stockdog training facility. I take in my own clients and train dogs on a daily basis. I truly enjoy working with dogs, and my greatest reward is helping my clients develop a better relationship with their dogs.

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In many of my dealings you will an XP used...

WHAT DOES XP MEAN TO ME?
My family's use of the XP originated in the 1970's when my grandfather Norman, along with his brother Clayton, wanted to use a livestock brand that would honor and glorify our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It became a tradition when my parents adopted the brand for their livestock. Over the years, through the grace of God, the XP has developed into much more than just a livestock brand. It is a ranch, a business, and a way of life. It is a representation of everything God has blessed us with.
The XP is the Chi-Rho (pronounced ki-row) symbol, which is generally depicted as the Greek letter chi (which looks like the Roman alphabet X) superimposed over the elongated stem of the Greek letter rho which looks like the Roman alphabet P). The Chi and Rho are the first two letters in the Greek word for Christ, XPICTOC (pronounced Christos).
I am thrilled to be the third generation to continue using the XP to bring glory to God in all that I do.

Warren and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

 
 
Dogs are very much
like children,
they are eager to learn.
They want to do
 the right thing,
but they need guidance.
 
Your dog deserves
a chance to learn
to be a better companion,
and you deserve to have
 the best dog in the world!
 

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XPLacey@hotmail.com

Putnam, Oklahoma         Phone 580.786.6637