A little "About Debbie"
Debbie is a proud member of the:
Association of Professional Dog Trainers
Pet Professional Guild
Animal Behavior Society
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
Debbie is certified in:
Applied Animal Behavior from the University of Washington
Debbie is an administrator for Books, Barks and Bantor: an online book club whose mission is to read and discuss books about animal behavior and coaching with the goal of applying the material to better understand and work with the dogs in our lives.
Debbie has been featured on We-Ha.com and WRCH 100.5 Lite Radio's Coffee Talk with Joan Dylan offering tips to prevent separation anxiety; a serious panic disorder for some dogs.
You can find dogs in need of homes posted monthly by Debbie in West Hartford Life.
Hello, I'm Debbie!
I'm an Insured and Certified Canine Communication & Behavioral Specialist who is passionate about positively coaching our 4 legged friends.
Growing up I always especially loved dogs. When we rescued my two malnourished and fearful pups, I decided that I needed to learn more to help them. I have a Bachelors degree in sociology and a counseling background. And, so it didn't seem like too far of a stretch to take my aspirations to be a life coach and apply that to canines. After reading so much and diving into the dog world, I became a certified dog coach and and have not stopped reading, learning and applying everything I know to help beloved pets and their owners ever since. Most recently, I received a certificate in Applied Animal Behavior from the University of Washington.
I believe in positive coaching techniques, praise and mutual respect and work to mitigate any fear that may weaken the bond between dog and owner. It is incredibly important for us to remember that, like people, all canines are different. Which is why my programs aren't a "one size fits all" approach. What worked on your last dog or your friend's dog may not work on yours. I look at each new dog for who they are and decide what approach will motivate them to be the best that they can be.
I have always seen myself as a caregiver in life. I have always looked out for the underdog. And, more than anything, I always wanted to be the best leader, best mother and best collaborator I could be. This underlying motivation has carried into my family life, in the way I mentor and teach, and into my dog coaching. To me it's important to give our 4 legged friends a choice just like any other member of the family. With that approach comes the power to teach them that they have a choice and the ability to understand what motivates them. The caring owner takes the time to figure this out and, when they do, it's a beautiful and touching thing to witness. I look forward to working with you and your 4 legged family member to help guide you to this place of understanding and unwavering connection.