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Dinga and Hu: Bonded pair, sweet older dogs

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 | 0 comments

Dinga and Hu: Bonded pair, sweet older dogs

Dinga and Hu are a bonded pair of dogs who are seeking a new forever home due to the illness of their owner. Dinga is a five year old Cattledog who is blind—his eyes were removed due to glaucoma. Dinga gets around just fine and navigates around the house very well. He is very bonded to his companion dog Hu, who is a nine year old Chihuahua mix. The Sonoma Humane Society behavior department met the dogs and found them to be sweet and attentive. But placing them in a shelter while another home is found is not in their best interest. The dogs do well on vehicle rides, are great in the home, and are used to being left alone for several hours. If you’d like to learn more about these guys please contact Robert at 707-322-1291 (cell)...

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Karen Schwartz, Trainer

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 | 0 comments

Karen grew up in New Jersey spending all her free time around a horse barn with horses, many dogs, and cats. She began training and competing with horses in high school. Karen got the dog training bug when she adopted her dog Darwin, who was described as “having enough energy to light up a town!” Dog training classes got them on their way and she became a dog training instructor combining her love of the outdoors, and working with animals and their humans. She is passionate about helping people find their “dog zen” with fun activities, teaching Companion Dog, Agility, Tricks, and private training. Karen currently trains and competes in nosework with Darwin, and in masters agility with her young dog,...

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Ali Vorhies, Trainer

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 | 0 comments

15 years ago, Ali Vorhies, a lifelong dog and cat owner, began training her own Portuguese Water Dog in agility, rally obedience, and water work, a specialty of the PWDs. She and her dog titled in all of these performance sports. In 2012, she completed the Marin Humane Society’s Canine Behavior Academy and became inspired to learn more about dog behavior and training. She began volunteering as an assistant in the Behavior & Training and Dog Evaluation departments. Ali now has been a dog training instructor or assistant for more than 4 years at a dog training facility in Petaluma and for the Marin Humane Society and Sonoma Humane Society. She continually reads about dog behavior and training, and attends workshops and seminars whenever possible to expand her knowledge and understanding of the human-canine...

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Karen Gulmon, Trainer

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 | 0 comments

Karen was born with the “I love animals” gene. Her interest in animal behavior, especially dogs and horses, led her to study and work with knowledgeable trainers. She is a graduate of the MHS Canine Behavior Academy I and II and continues to increase her knowledge of animal behavior and training by attending seminars, workshops, and classes. She has trained and shown Ibizan Hounds and Arabian horses for many years. Karen currently teaches a variety of classes, including Companion Dog 1 and 2. She also teaches classes for puppies, small dogs, and scenting classes for the new sport of Nosework. She is dedicated to creating harmony and communication between humans and their animal companions. She is pictured with Horton, her current Ibizan...

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Tala Davis, Trainer

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 | 0 comments

Tala Davis is a long-time volunteer at the Sonoma Humane Society and a graduate of the Canine Behavior Academy I and II with Trish King at the Marin Humane Society. Tala is passionate about the importance of exposing puppies to positive experiences with a wide variety of humans, dogs, objects, and environments during their early lives. Proper socialization at a young age is one of the best ways to prevent dogs from ending up in shelters, so Tala has volunteered her time to run SHS’s Puppy Socialization classes for the past 3 years, helping puppies and their families get off to a good start. When she’s not buried under heaps of pups, Tala particularly loves working with very small dogs and with dogs who are struggling to overcome fear, anxiety, and social insecurity. Her own pack of five rescue dogs range in size from 6 lb blue chihuahua Mavi to 15 lb golden fluffbeast Pixie, and they all came to her as under-socialized adolescents with fear-driven behavioral challenges. They continue to amaze and delight her with their ability to work with, past, and around their fears to lead rich, joyful lives. Tala’s training style emphasizes empathy, patience, playfulness, and good humor. Oh, and separate pockets for stinky dog treats and delicious human...

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