Terri Kruzan’s Dog Training for People

Terri & Blaky at Run with the Dogs

We sat down with our resident dog whisperer, Terri Kruzan, to talk about her passion for dog training and agility:

I work with people to help their dogs become confident and happy companions in our community. We all want to walk our neighborhood sidewalks with a calm dog by our side and be able to have a conversation with a friend without a pulling, barking dog at our feet. People seek me out for help with basic obedience skills, with separation anxiety and with reactivity to new people, dogs and things. The most common feedback I get from people is how they learned 15 minutes of mental stimulation is equal to 60 minutes of physical stimulation to calm their dog.

I work with people in their homes and with members of their household as well as in group classes through Decatur Active Living.  I am a long-term resident of Decatur and in my retirement, I followed my passion and became certified as a dog trainer through Animal Behavior College.  The name for my business came from my son and his friends who said just name your business after your approach that ‘people need to learn just as much as their dogs!’  Neighbors know and trust me and I chose to share my classes through the Decatur Active Living as a way to give back to my community.

Fall Classes are:

Dog Agility for Fun

Six-week course teaches your dog how to go over, through & on obstacles and how humans guide their dogs – a mentally & physically stimulating sport.

Starts on Thurs 9/23 at 5:45-6:45PM

Basic Dog Obedience

Six-week course focuses on learning basic dog obedience manners, as well as solving problem behaviors, such as jumping, pulling & barking.

Starts on Sat, 10/2 from 10-11 AM.

For questions, contact: Terri Kruzan at tkruzan@bellsouth.net or 404.510.3113

Third Friday Bike Ride is Friday, August 20

Join Decatur Active Living for this social-paced bike ride around Decatur neighborhoods. We bike approximately six miles and no-one will be left behind. Please wear a helmet and mask. This ride is not appropriate for children.

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to put wheels down at 6:30 pm.

Adult & Senior Programming is BACK!

We are thrilled to re-introduce adult and senior programming and cannot wait to see you there. Check out the image below to see our offerings for August. Be sure to contact Sara Holmes at sara.holmes@decaturga.com to register for programs.

Afterschool Counselors Wanted- Apply Now!


Afterschool counselors lead enriching activities for children in school buildings across the City of Decatur with an emphasis on leadership, social emotional learning, STEAM and cultural competence. The role begins August 24-27, 2021 with orientation and then starts at schools on Tuesday, August 31, 2021.  Schedules are 1:45-6:15 pm or 2:15-6:15 pm M-F on school days from August through May with some additional hours on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the year for meetings and professional development. The pay rate is $14 or $15/hour DOQ.

How to Apply

Applying is easy! Please visit our website to apply online.

You can also checkout our Instagram ad here.

Clear the Sidewalk Day is Saturday, August 7th

The City of Decatur requests all property owners prune their trees and shrubs to clear the sidewalks and streets.

With school beginning this week, clear sidewalks will make it safer for students to walk safely to school, and make it safer for all pedestrians to walk (or roll) in front of your property without having to go into the street. Pruning your tree will also help keep them from being damaged by trucks and cars.

For information on how to prune, contact the City Arborist, Kay.Evanovich@decaturga.com.

Don’t let your sidewalk look like these:

Parks and Recreation Month comes to an end!

Parks and Recreation Month is coming to an end but our programming continues on. Our last scheduled program for the month was our Wednesday Walks with a Special Guest. This week we had the pleasure of Mayor Garrett joining us to tell participants about Legacy Park and the future plans for the area. Legacy Park Caretaker – Doresy Nobles – led walkers through a tour of the beautiful Moore Chapel.

A sincere thank you to Mayor Garrett, Decatur City Commissioner Kelly Walsh, City Manager Andrea Arnold, and Active Living Board Member Jack Kittle for joining us for our Wednesday Walks in July. Participants enjoyed getting to know each special guest and learn more about each of the parks visited – Glenlake Park, Oakhurst Park, Hidden Cove, and Legacy Park.

McKoy Pool Closed Today

McKoy Pool is closed due to contamination and will re-open on Friday, July 23 at 2 pm. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please enjoy Glenlake and Oakhurst pools.

Decatur Pool Hours Beginning on August 3

Due to a national lifeguard shortage, Decatur has modified the pool schedule as follows:

On weekdays, Ebster will be open from 9 am-12 pm for lap swim. Seniors will be admitted free with picture ID during those hours.

Glenlake will be open from 4 pm-8 pm on weekdays.

Glenlake, Ebster and McKoy pools will be open 10 am-6 pm on weekends.

Mobile Rec Center Rescheduled for July 26

The Mobile Recreation Center has been postponed until Monday, July 26, due to the chance of rain this afternoon. Join us on Ebster Field for some fun with outdoor games. All ages are welcome.

For more information contact Sara.Holmes@decaturga.com or 678-553-6559.

It’s Parks and Recreation Professional Day!

We are always so grateful for our Active Living staff and what they do for the agency and community. Each employee is a real-life superhero that we all need in our lives. Be sure to express your gratitude to an Active Living staff member today! #ourparkandrecstory