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K9 Activity Center for SmartyPaws Canine Coaching

K9 Activity Center DashboardSmartyPaws Canine Coaching began with one instructor, a few students, and a couple of classes held in MaryKay Grahn's backyard. In 2003, all she really needed was a way for her students to register themselves, their dogs, and sign-up for a class — Zee Designs created that.

Now, a few years later, SmartyPaws operates from a commercial location, employs multiple instructors, runs hundreds of classes, serves thousands of student and dog teams annually, and offers a multitude of additional services. With this significant increase in volume and service options, keeping track of all the variables of running the business became unmanageable.

K9 Activity Center Instructor ViewIn the Spring of 2011, the creative concept, direction, planning, and strategy processes began to develop a more robust solution to manage the business between SmartyPaws and their students and clients. Students wished to be able to sign-up for multiple classses at once, pay online, request private training, schedule ring time, and manage schedules for multiple dogs. Instuctors wished to view their schedules for a specified period of time, communicate with students either one-on-one or to an entire class of students, and even have the solution text their students when classes are cancelled.

K9 Activity Center Calendar ViewThe full-featured K9 Activity Center went live in Fall 2011 and has received numerous compliments and expressions of gratitude from SmartyPaws personnel and their customers.

The K9 Activity Center is a solution built to grow as the business of SmartyPaws continues to grow. Many additional features are planned for the new future to enhance the services between SmartyPaws, its instructors, students, clients, and veterinary affiliates.

Key features of this amazing solution include:

  • Administrators can:
    • See an overview of the entire class, event, private training, and ring schedule at-a-glance
    • View recent registrations and the balance on every student account
    • Keep track of when every class begins and ends, the location, class size, cost, instructor, and current roster
    • Manage requests for private training time
    • Run queries on the data
       
  • Instuctors can:
    • Manage their availability and class schedules
    • Edit their public profile
    • Send and receive messages from students
    • Receive text message updates
       
  • Students can:
    • View their active schedule
    • Register for an upcoming class or multiple classes and pay online
    • Request private training or reserve ring time
    • Update existing or add new dog info
    • Send and receive messages from their instructors
    • Cancel easily if necessary