We EMPOWER families to learn to TEACH their own dogs, through LOVE and positivity
K9 Elite Co
Sarah O'Shea, ABCDT
Like many families, we had young children when we adopted our first dog Clarabelle. Managing three young girls and a puppy was a challenge. After a visit from a friend was cut short due to chaos that ensued from active kids and an out of control pup, we decided that we could benefit from structured training classes.
I could not have imagined how this decision would change my life. Not only did we learn how to manage a rowdy pup through a structured routine and positive rewards, Clarabelle learned how to greet visitors in a polite manner, walk nicely on a leash, and other positive puppy behaviors. We discovered that training seemed to tire her out which even reduced her exuberant bark and destructive chewing. I actually felt like we had a better understanding of our dog and she knew what was expected from us. I only wish that we could have included our entire family in our training classes.
What I could not have imagined, was how our household was calmer and the entire family was living peacefully. This process sparked an interest in me professionally and a passion that lead me to pursue a career in animal behavior.
I became certified through Animal Behavior College as a trainer. I have 10 years of training experience, with 8 years specializing in training and enrichment for shelter animals at Dakin Humane Society and Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center.
Through the years I have worked with countless dog owners. I have many years of expertise teaching group classes as well as individual behavior consultation.
I believe that a mentally and physically stimulated dog makes a balanced dog. Dog training should be fun for everyone and a wonderful bonding experience. Behavior modification can occur in any dog; even old dogs can learn new tricks.
When I am not training dogs I am enjoying my time with my 3 daughters, 3 dogs, and 1 cat I also like to garden and go camping with my favorite folks. You can find me at any time at a hockey rink and at a softball field cheering on my youngest.