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Brianna Dick: Dog Behavior Expert, Trainer and Owner

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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 9 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. 

 

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 finished my Juris Doctorate in May 2021., 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. 

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.

Boxer puppy Brianna Dick

Savannah: Administrative Assistant

Savannah is the Administrative Assistant at Pack Leader Help. She has over five years of experience in administrative, operations, and communications work, in both the nonprofit sector and with small businesses. Savannah grew up on a small farm in North Carolina and has been trying to make sure animals are a part of her life ever since. Over the years, she has also been a professional dog walker, kennel attendant, and has volunteered for a variety of shelters and rescues as a dog walker and foster parent.

 

Savannah currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When not working, she enjoys teaching herself animation, playing the banjo, and learning disc tricks with her border collie mutt, Roo.

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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.

Boxer puppy Brianna Dick

Iris: The Balanced Dog

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Julianne Pham: Dog Trainer

Julianne is the newest member of the PLH and she's an incredible additional. She has worked for  multiple rescues by fostering and training dogs with behavioral issues, mentored under Tom Davis from Upstate Canine Academy and brings a dynamic approach to tough behaviors with dogs who many considered to be "untrainable".  Julianne also has a B.S. in Communication; Public Relations concentration from Kennesaw State University School of Communication.  

Julianne believes championships are won through practice, a good game plan and agility during turbulence. She believes the same to be true with dog training. Clear communication, trust and respect within your pack combined with an individualized training program and the right tools will lead to your success.

A sustainable and healthy relationship is predicated on your ability to learn, work and grow with your dog. Julianne believes her role is to ensure that dependable foundations are cultivated during our time together. Her goal has been, and always will be ,to educate and empower owners to be the best leader you can be for your dog. She understands each dog and family need a unique approach to training and behavior. Her refusal for cookie cutter is why she's been so successful with clients.

 

Her lifelong passion for animals and people is the driving motivator for what she do. She brings a background in animal rescue, human and sports coaching into each pack she work's with. She hopes to play a small part in your big story and vow to be there with you every step of the way!