Before venturing out on my own I worked for 10 years as a veterinary nurse and hospital manager and 10 years as a trainer and pet sitter. I founded a non-profit organization in Kansas City called HEARTland Positive Dog Training Alliance - a group of more than 50 dog trainers in the area. In addition to my 25+ years of hands on dog experience, I graduated from the Animal Behavior College.
My experience in the veterinary field and as a trainer gives me a unique approach to observing and enhancing the life of my clients and their pets. My goal is to provide a safe and loving environment for pets in my care so guardians can take a worry-free vacation or business trip and to start puppies out on the right paw for a more enjoyable puppy-hood for the household.
I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri with pets of all kinds - dogs, cats, snakes, chickens, cows, horses, peacocks, ducks, geese and the list goes on. My husband and I currently live with 2 rescue Cocker Spaniels (Jett and Mickey). My passion is helping people share their lives with pets.
ABOUT ME - Patty Homer, ABCDT
Gentle Paws' puppy training uses positive reinforcement methods with clearly defined rules and boundaries. I don't use or promote the use of harsh equipment like choke chains, prong/pinch/shock collars or harsh punishment. Both rewards and consequences need to be present for learning to be effective, clear, fun and fast. The consequences I recommend are benign - verbal correction, ignoring some behaviors, prevention/management of the environment and constant and consistent communication.
Gentle Paws, your Puppy Pro does not discriminate based on breed - tiny to giant breeds, Afghans to Yorkshire Terriers - all breeds and sizes welcome.
Servicing the following areas
Puppy training in Shoreline, Edmonds, N. Seattle, Mountlake Terrace, Woodway, Lake Forest Park and S. Lynnwood.
Cat sitting in Mountlake Terrace and parts of Shoreline and Edmonds.
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