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Aspen

Location:

Harvard, MA
Hometown: Plano, TX

Member since:

July 11, 2012

What kind of dog(s) do you have?

I will have an 8 week old male miniature goldendoodle named Doctor on August third!

What are your dog(s) name(s)?

Doctor.

Where do you usually walk or go to play with your dog(s)?

Beacon Hill, Boston Common, Great Brooks State Park, Castle Island... everywhere!

Is your dog(s) well training and does your dog(s) get enough exercise?

I will be training my puppy to be a therapy assistance dog to assist me in my family therapy practice. I'm a family therapist for children with serious emotional disturbances or developmental delay, and the addition of a therapy dog will enhance what I can offer so much! I’ve helped hundreds of Bostonians learn how to guide their dogs to good behavior in a gentle and effective way using the proven principles of operant conditioning. Gentle dog training utilizes positive reinforcement and negative punishment training techniques to modify behaviors. I stress the importance of socialization and how to ensure that the dog is raised with good manners in public and at home. I will be training my puppy to be a therapy assistance dog using the principles established by Assistance Dogs International.

Do you belong to a nonprofit or volunteer? Is so which one(s)? If you dont would you like to?

I'm hosting a Free Puppy Class for dogs eight months or younger starting Sunday, August 12th, at 11:00 am and Wednesday, August 15th, at 7:30 pm. The class will be at the Phillips street play area upper area of Beacon Hill in Boston, and our rainy day location is at Dakota Puffin, which I hope you have visited, on Charles street. I have six years experience training dogs, and before that I worked with exotic animals in a private zoo! I use gentle, evidence-based techniques to teach puppy guardians behavior modification and socialization. Please send me a message if you're interested and I'll gladly answer any questions or enroll you! Here's a link to more info: http://patch.com/E-nr8n

Introduction

Hi everyone, I'm new to this group, and it's nice to meet all of you! I've been a dog trainer for the past 6 years and have worked with dogs and their owners everywhere from animal shelters to the homes of Back Bay and Beacon Hill. Nice to meet you!


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