Their own German Shepherds, as well as their twin sons, Eddie and Brian, all help out with the show. Many of the shots are filmed at their home, or around places in Gonzales, which adds a local flavor to it.
Dogs are not man's best friend. Dogs are man's family members.
Laticia Balser, a wife and mother of seven, has always had a love for animals. When she married her husband, Ben, they got a German Shepherd name Corrine. Later, they found Dalton, who is a rescue dog with a disabled leg.
Ben saw how Laticia would interact with dogs. Whether it be at a dog park or in public, she developed a good rapport. Ben encouraged Laticia to become a dog trainer because of this, and she did just that.
"I got certified and started Exception K9s LLC. After I became a trainer, my husband got an offer to work as the Production Manager at WLFT 30. The station focuses on locally produced content and is family oriented. So, there was a natural connection to what we were doing with dog training," Laticia said.
Due to the connection, Laticia and Ben decided to experiment with their own educational show. Their own German Shepherds, as well as their twin sons, Eddie and Brian, all help out with the show. Many of the shots are filmed at their home, or around places in Gonzales, which adds a local flavor to it.
"Ascension Parish has so many nice locations that we can shoot segments in. This helps keep our production costs down, too. Our show, Let's Talk About Dogs, airs on WLFT on Thursday's at 8 p.m., channel 30.1 over air, Cox 117, and Eatel 130 (35 in Plaquemine)," Laticia said.
Since it is an educational show, people will learn the correct knowledge about dogs and dog ownership. Some people still believe that hitting their dogs on the nose will correct their behavior, but that is a myth.
"Those notions are wrong and do more damage than good. Apartment complexes should demand Canine Good Citizen certification, rather than just picking out certain breeds. The breed has nothing to do with temperament. That is mostly due to training, or lack of. Positive rewards will get you much faster results versus yelling or hitting," Laticia said.
Their goal is to remove fear and myths by replacing them with joy and science-based knowledge about canine behavior. They are also able to introduce locals to local professionals.
These professionals do things with the dogs like search and rescue training, facts about dog food ingredients, and share local veterinarians like Dr. Anderman, to name a few.
"We're not some stranger halfway across the continent in environments local dogs will never be in. We're not reality TV. We are your neighbors sharing information where we live locally, who also help educate and enlighten our fellow Louisiana residents," Laticia said.
The Balsers consider their method of training as Family Dog Training. This means that they train viewers to train your dog to bond as family members with clear, two-way communication, as well as establishing affection for one another.
"We want folks to learn how easy and extremely rewarding it can be to properly train a dog as you gain a valuable, and loving, family member," Laticia said.
The current season does not have to be followed precisely. Viewers can tune in on any Thursday and learn valuable information without being lost if they have not seen a previous episode. However, season two will follow a friend of theirs who will do consulting about getting a dog, buying supplies, a dogs first vet visit, and basic family training. If you do miss an episode, each one is uploaded to YouTube a day or two after the episode as aired.
More information about the show can be found at www.exceptionalk9s.com. You may also contact Laticia with any needs or questions are firstname.lastname@example.org.
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