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Brianna Dick: Dog Behavior Expert, Trainer and Owner
Brianna Dick: Dog Behavior Expert, Owner and Trainer
Hi there, I'm so glad you found us and are taking the time to learn more about Pack Leader Help Rehabilitation and Training. My name is Brianna Dick and I have been working with dogs with severe behavioral issues for the past 8 years. I'm the behavior expert that veterinarians and other trainers recommend when their client's dogs have been recommended to be put down, or on medication. I work with aggression issues, severe anxiety, fear, separation anxiety, over excitement, and any behavioral issue in between. I've never turned down a client because their dog has bitten a person, another dog, child or animal. In fact, I've never turned down any dog or family in need of help.
I believe almost all behavioral issues come from lack of knowledge and understanding of dog psychology and how dogs actually communicate. My goal is to teach owners that leadership and structure are the only way to have a balanced and behaved dog. By focusing on daily activities, how we make our dogs feel and how we feel, and structure with our dogs, we never see behavioral issues because these daily activities fulfill the dogs fundamental needs and creates leadership for the owner.
I've been studying dog psychology since I could read. I've been walking packs of dogs since I was in high school but the more hands on education in rehabilitation came when I was an undergraduate student at Millersville University. I began volunteering at the Humane League of Lancaster. I worked as a obedience trainer with dogs who had been given up primarily due to behavioral issues the owners refused to address or did not know how to correct. I began to understand that basic dog training skills and obedience tools did not help help dogs who were unbalanced and had behavioral problems. Dog training only focused on the physical state of a dog, not how the handler's energy and body language created a calm dog or a confused dog. I soon recognized that dog obedience was failing dogs and owners, but dog psychology opened the door to understanding how to rehabilitate any dog with any issue.
After transferring to Clarion University, I worked with a local shelter for the next 4 years helping to foster, rehabilitate and train dogs with a spectrum of behavioral issues. By studying dog psychology, fellow dog behaviorists and how dogs interact with one another in a natural setting, the rehabilitation process for unbalanced dogs, and owners, became clear.
I now rehabilitate dogs and train owners in the D.C, Maryland and Virginia region. I am also law student in D.C, have a Bachelor's in Business Administration with a focus in small business and am a Professional member of the International Association of Canine Professionals.
Sadie Hudson: Dog Behaviorist Assistant
Sadie has spent the past two years as an integral part of Pack Leader Help. She assists Brianna in rehabilitating dogs with severe behavioral issues and training people. She has strong skills in leash handling, relaxing touch and grooming. She is the caretaker for all the client boarding dogs and Brianna's right-hand-woman at the Sunday pack walks. Sadie also has a media background and manages our social media accounts.
Iris: The Balanced Dog
It's impossible to rehabilitate other dogs without having balanced dogs to teach them. Pack Leader Help wouldn't be able to rehabilitate as many dogs as we do without our balanced pack member, Iris. She's a trained emotional support animal and she is trained to provide support to humans and dogs showing signs of discomfort. She loves dogs and people but most importantly, she loves her ball.