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Accessible Training: Making the Impossible Happen

May 9

6:00 pm PT


Sarah Rodriguez was born with a disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy. When her family adopted their first family dog, Sarah found it to be a transformative experience. As she grew up, she wanted to help others experience the incredible bond that can be created with animals. However, she found that it is often hindered by misunderstanding when humans do not understand their pets’ behavior.

It became Sarah’s dream to help people communicate better with their pets through training.

When Sarah was accepted into the Ethology Institute Cambridge to become a dog trainer, there were challenges due to her disability, but each was overcome with a little creativity.

As hired professionals, it is our job to find creative and inventive ways for our clients to be able to help their pets learn. When working with clients struggling with traditional training methods, a trainer’s first inclination is to help them. It’s in the team’s best interest to be empowered to do as much training as they can on their own. Empowering clients allows them to deepen their bond with their pet and allows them to become active participants in the training process.

Presented By:

Sarah Rodriguez

Sarah Rodriguez 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.

Presented By:

Alexandre Rossi

Alexandre Rossi 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.