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  • Kasey Dugan

    Posted March 19, 2001 By in With | Comments Off on Kasey Dugan

    Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant

    Animals have always been a huge part of my life! Lucky for me, my mom also has a big heart when it comes to rescuing animals. Together we have rescued a variety of animals, from dogs and cats to a few snakes, a couple of lizards, and a lot of birds!

    I was also fortunate to grow up with horses since my mom is equally horse crazy! I spent a lot of my youth and teenage years with riding coaches who used force and dominance to get these amazing creatures to behave and cooperate. I knew there was a different and better way, left this type of interaction with horses, and formed a relationship built on mutual trust, respect, and understanding with a Thoroughbred mare, Gracie. Gracie and I did many wonderful things together before Gracie’s retirement, including riding bareback and with a bit-less bridle. I used to teach horseback riding lessons and train rescue horses before shifting my focus to dog training and behavior. I love to help others realize the importance of recognizing animals as fellow, sentient beings and growing and nurturing relationships based on trust, respect, patience, and love.

    My love of interacting specifically with dogs started when I was a teenager and had a very unique dog enter my life; a Border Collie/Giant Schnauzer mix who I named Piper. I was tasked with raising a puppy that was not only wicked smart and obsessive but also fiercely protective. I had to be creative and think outside of the box when it came to training this amazing and often perplexing little creature. There really wasn’t anything that Piper couldn’t learn or do (some of her favorites were crawling and turning the lights on and off) which lead Piper and I on the quest of Piper becoming a Canine Good Citizen. Piper and I had plans to work towards therapy dog certification, but she, unfortunately, went into kidney failure and I was forced to say goodbye to her after only 8 years together.

     

    Before training horses and dogs, I spent some time post-college in the field of working with individuals with special needs and disabilities. I had the opportunity to work with some amazing service and therapy dogs and this sparked even more of an interest in dog behavior and training.

    I really enjoy helping to bridge the communication gap between humans and canines and to help each part of the relationship be successful independently, so they can grow and be successful together. I realized that my philosophy with training and interacting with horses directly translates to working with dogs as well. Anything can be accomplished with understanding, respect, love, and patience. I also love teaching tricks and mentally stimulating and challenging dogs and helping them to realize that learning and training are fun!

    When not working with dogs, you can find me hanging out with horses, ‘nerding’ out on animal behavior, reading, going on adventures with my husband and dog Tucker (a super fluffy German Shepherd mix), traveling, or snuggling with my cat, Butters.


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