Success Stories 7
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Amy Jensen, CCDT
Owner, BAXTER & Bella, Online Puppy School
Commitment to education:
Teaching has been an amazing opportunity for me to observe that moment when the light turns on for an individual learner and they begin to better understand how to properly connect concepts for optimal outcomes. Now as a professional trainer, working with dogs has always been a dream of mine and I am blessed to be able to strategically combine this lifelong passion with my background in both education and curriculum development in order to effectively teach and efficiently train inside the dog world. I have an enthusiasm for working with others, a sincere commitment to excellence and I know first hand the key to successfully impacting the statistics on the number of pets that ultimately remain in loving homes where they belong hinges upon the community of many professionals who work to properly help coach animal owners everywhere how to connect, learn and teach others to live with their animals.
Patricia Belt, CCDT
Owner, TN Safety Spotters, Memphis, TN
Training deaf dogs for therapy work:
The Spotters are deaf Dalmatians that have been rescued off the streets, from shelters, or from breeders. The latest scientific research shows 30% of Dalmatians are born deaf in either one or both ears. By spotlighting their value as companion dogs, TN Safety Spotter’s goal is to ultimately increase their adoption from shelter and rescues. Through educational programs the Spotters significantly reduce the number of dog bite injuries, bullying incidents, and fire deaths in children. Each Spotter gets professional training. They’re taught to understand hand signals and sign language. Every Spotter starts with Puppy Class for basic obedience and socialization. After basic, intermediate, advanced obedience training, and graduation, the Spotters earn their Canine Good Citizen award and continue onto Therapy Dog Training. They are registered through Alliance of Therapy Dogs and insured for liability. Training then begins learning special skills needed to become K-9 Public Safety Educators.
Nicole Graves, CCDT
Owner, Pack Perfection, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Pulling on leash:
The behavior issue of a Goldendoodle I work with is pulling on the leash. This is a learned behavior and is reinforced by the owners who continue to walk as he pulls. Because of the constant reinforcement he will be difficult to train, but because it is not an instinctual behavior there are a lot of techniques that the owners can use. He has been reinforced for moving forwards millions of times which will make it hard to change.
Dogs jump when they enter the house to get attention from guests. You can change the motivation by making sure to provide him with something special like a stuffed kong when the guests arrive. He will be more excited about this and it will keep him focusing on something until he is no longer excited about the guests.
Lisa Kirschner, Basics Pro Student
Owner, Sit, Stay, ‘N Play, Stroudsburg, PA
Observing body language:
It is valuable to be able to observe and understand dog body language for several reasons. One reason is so that you can help your dog and understand the signals when they happen. We also need to understand if the dog is stressed, threatened, or calming so that we can take the appropriate steps. We need the dog to be comfortable, and to educate others about his/her state.
Melita Wright, CCDT, CPDT-KA
Founder, Lucky Dog Camp, Pennington, NJ
Melita’s training philosophy:
Melita trains by using motivation not intimidation. She specializes in educating new puppy owners, helping people with their adopted dog, and behavior modification. She wants to teach people how to read and understand what their dog is trying to communicate to them by understanding a dog’s body language. Dogs don’t “speak” English but they have a lot to say. If we can learn to read a dog’s postures and signals we can better understand his feelings and motivations and be better able to predict what he is likely to do. She trains by building trust and respect, not punishment and dominance.