Business Profile

Posted: Tuesday, November 28, 2000

Title and firm: Martha Fischbach is the owner of Canines Unlimited.

Services: The company offers pet accessories and food, dog washing, grooming and a variety of training, including obedience in private and group lessons, T-Touch and agility.

Biographical information: Fischbach, 50, grew up in Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in therapeutic recreation. She migrated to Juneau via Nome where she peaked at owning five dogs.

She said in Nome she sometimes borrowed some dogs so she could mush, calling herself a "fair-weather musher."

"We were not an Iditarod team by any means," Fischbach said. "But we did have fun."

Fischbach was first introduced in Nome to positive-reinforcement training of dogs.

She worked a variety of jobs in Nome before moving to Juneau to work for a legislator. While working for the state, she opened Canines Unlimited on a part-time basis.

Fischbach eventually quit the state job and concentrated full-time on her fledgling dog business, for which she became a certified groomer and a certified T-Touch instructor.

T-Touch is a system of working with animals to adjust their behavior and physical comfort, she said. She also uses flower essences to help relax the dogs.

"I'm really going very holistic," Fischbach said.

As her business has grown, Fischbach's time off has shrunk.

Besides manning the store about 40 hours a week, she teaches obedience classes in private and group sessions.

"I guess I don't have a lot of time off," she said. "I am doing what I love doing."

Family: Single with three dogs, Peter, Mora and Odie.

Quotable: "I got off the plane and in five minutes I knew I was home," she said of her move from Minnesota to Nome.

Employees: Just herself.

Contact information: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays at 4191 Taku Blvd., 790-3647.

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