My first professional canine experience was in 2009 at Mission:Wolf, a non-profit sanctuary for wolves unwisely bred in captivity, where I spent eleven months as an animal caretaker.
Living and sleeping next to 36 wolves was an incredible experience that settled me in a world of nonverbal communication. Kent Weber and Tracy Brooks, the co-founders of Mission:Wolf, were instrumental in accelerating my ability to understand and communicate with the wolves. My duties included caring for the wolves, socializing young puppies, leading wolf tours, and helping visitors enter the enclosures to greet the "ambassador wolves." The sanctuary is extremely ethical- they take in wolves that would otherwise be killed and provide each wolf with a mate and 1 acre to live in.
My second professional canine experience was a year spent at Pulling Together, a youth program and racing kennel of 26 sled dogs in Acadia National Park. I learned to mush while managing the kennel and training teams for the Can/AM 30-mile race. The training work included dealing with every conceivable dog-related issue, from barking, to aggression, to healing trauma. Over a winter I trained a team that placed 8th in the 30 mile CAN/AM race, among thirty teams from all over the world.
My goal today is to share straightforward methods I learned from working with wolves and sled dogs, to empower dog owners with healthy communication. I do human training as much as dog training.
In my free consultation, you have the opportunity to explain your experience and get my perspective.