Sarah Rodriguez was born with a severe neuromuscular disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and her childhood dog positively impacted her life in so many ways as she grew up with a disability. As she got older, she wanted to give back to animals by helping people better understand their pets. She will share her journey of how she achieved her dream of becoming a certified dog trainer despite her physical limitations with the help of Alexandre Rossi. Sarah and Alexandre will not only share this story, but also share practical and creative tips for trainers to use when helping disabled clients train their dog.
Accessible Training: Making the Impossible Happen
6:00 pm PT
Sarah Rodriguez (she/her) has a degree in psychology and is a certified professional dog trainer through the Ethology Institute, Cambridge. She is Fear Free certified and works with a local Fear Free veterinary office collaborating with staff on ways to make the veterinary experience less stressful for their canine and feline patients. She regularly attends seminars and conferences to stay up to date on scientific findings in animal behavior and health.
Alexandre Rossi (he/him) is a veterinary behaviorist and has a master’s degree in psychology. He is a renowned animal trainer who has solved some of the toughest behavioral cases on his television show, Pet Mission, which aired on National Geographic for several seasons. He shares his training advice on his daily radio program and frequent television appearances. He owns one of the largest dog training companies called Cão Cidadão.