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A Kind & Gentle Approach

Changing the world of dog training

One dog at a time...

Hi Fellow Dog Lovers!!

I’m Cindy…Welcome to My Site!!

Did You Know?

It’s estimated there are 78 million dog owners (or 44% of us) in the U.S.

And…according to the Humane Society of the United States (ASPCA), 3.3 MILLION dogs enter animal shelters every year and of those 670,000 are euthanized!!

A whopping 47% of dogs are re-homed each year due to “pet problems”, i.e., aggressiveness, barking, out-of-control  dogs.

I’ve had the privilege of saving some dogs from being re-homed and even some who were just one step away from euthanasia.

I can’t fix ’em all, but I’m sure as heck going to try!

 

My Story

I am often asked how I got into this field, which I will explain in a minute.  I retired from the corporate world a few years ago and decided to follow my heart and my passion full-time.  Here’s my story:

When I was 23, I learned of a 9-month-old Lhasa Apso that was severely abused. The parents got Benji for their 6-year-old son who loved him when he was a cute little puppy but soon grew tired of him.  The dad hated the dog and began to beat him severely.  When he was allowed inside, he was kept in a windowless, cold, unfinished room in the basement.  Usually, however, he was kicked outside and had to fend for himself and it was an insane -40 degrees at that time! He was in pretty bad shape when I learned of him.  

I was in the process of packing up all my belongings and leaving my home town in Idaho and moving to Utah within a month but before I could go, I made it my mission to somehow get this dog!  I thought about just stealing him but felt too guilty doing that so I went to their home and lied and said I had heard through the grapevine he was for sale and offered to buy him. (Apparently stealing wasn’t ok but telling a big, fat lie was!) 🙂 They didn’t want him but didn’t want their little boy to “be sad” so they told me “No” several times and then one day he made one too many mistakes and I got the call. 

I gave him a bath and wrapped him in a blanket and he loved being warm so that little black nose peeking out of the blanket was something I saw often.  Thus began a love affair that lasted 13 incredible years. 

I saw first hand a damaged little soul and made it my mission to help as many as I could.  I took my first training academy in 1983 and have been doing it ever since.

I had a full-time career for the next 35 years and trained dogs on the side, but when the shift in training moved more and more towards eCollars, it upset me and so I retired and decided to do this full time.

I recognize eCollar training is an extremely sensitive subject that most people have a strong opinion about. I will concede that in some situations they may  have a place (although I’ve never personally seen it).  Furthermore, I’m not disrespecting anyone who trains with them, it’s just something I am very much against because it’s simply not necessary.  It all comes down to respect.  If our dogs respect us, they will do what we ask when we ask.  In my experience, all an eCollar succeeds at is making an aggressive dog more aggressive and a fearful dog more fearful.  The biggest complaints I’ve heard from clients who’ve gone that route was never having the remote control in their hand when they needed it or the dog wasn’t wearing the collar at the exact moment it was needed.

My method is kind and gentle and humane and works every time and quite quickly.  Most clients see a difference the first day.  All you have to do is be consistent with the method I teach.

 

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