A little about Me
Hello dog lovers! My name is Dawn and I am a lifetime lover of dogs of all sizes, shapes, and breeds, and I have earned my canine obedience trainer certification through Penn Foster's Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor program. My love of dogs, and my interest in training began at a very young age when my parents got me my first dog; a wild, hyper, and totally unmanageable black lab named Dutchess... A dog who trainers had sent back to us two days after sending her to "Dog Obedience School" claiming she was not trainable. I was about 8 yrs. old at the time, and was determined to keep my dog, but very scared that we would have to get rid of her. So, I decided to take matters into my own hands and train her myself. Along with other neighborhood children who had dogs, I formed the "Red Heart Dog Training School", talked my Mom into buying me a dog training book, and within a week or so I had Dutchess heeling, sitting, staying, coming when called, and basically transformed her into the perfect family dog and child's companion... all through the use of positive reinforcement alone!
I currently have a pack of three wonderful, very well behaved pitbulls, two of whom were rescued from the streets and had very little socialization or training, yet they are now living proof that every dog deserves a chance to be a good dog, and that it is up to us to provide them with the leadership and guidance they need to live up to their potential. In addition to a life time of experience with my own dogs, and the experience I have gained through helping others with dogs that no one else could seem to work with, I have also worked with and fostered several rescue dogs who came from high-kill shelters and were very unsocialized and in need of serious training! Each one is now living happily and harmoniously in forever homes where they have brought endless happiness to their humans. I am currently researching what it will take to start my own animal rescue, and will occasionally take in a dog who is in need of rehoming until I can work on basic obedience and housebreaking, get the shots current, spay or neuter, and then find a suitable forever home for him or her. With that being said, my purpose is to not only help place animals in good, permanent homes, but also to help dogs and their families live harmoniously together in order to prevent innocent lives from ending up in shelters where they may be euthanized if a s home is not found quickly enough. I accomplish this by providing several services including, but not limited to: dog walking, doggie-sitting, housebreaking and teaching good manners, teaching basic obedience commands, and even bathing! I also work with the dogs' families to help them understand their dog and his/her body language in order to bring about better communication, and better understanding, between human and dog.
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