I wasn’™t born a dog trainer. No one is. I have, like many of you, a deep compassion and love of animals ‘” and of dogs in particular. And, like some of you, my childhood was not a rosy one but instead full of neglect, so I looked for love and companionship from dogs. They always delivered both.
Perhaps as a consequence (of the good kind) from that rough childhood, I am sensitive to the needs to animals. I am also an outspoken advocate of humane training protocols for dogs, in part because I know how awful I felt when I was mistreated by the adults who were supposed to be looking out for my welfare.
I am sharing this with you, dear readers, because I want more of you to feel empowered to speak up on behalf of your dogs. I’™d like to tell youÂ the story of how I, as a young dog owner, found my voice on behalf of my dog.