The Canine Cure, LLC owner and trainer Mary Jean Alsina has spent years educating students. Her career began in a traditional classroom as a public-school teacher, honing her ability to relate to students and write the alphabet in perfect order. Eventually, she left the bells of public school behind to focus her teaching talents on furrier students, showing both pets and owners how to curb unwanted habits. Mary Jean prefers to keep both pup and parent comfortable during her sessions by hosting lessons in owners’ homes, where they feel relaxed.
Linda’s testimonials page is growing steadily with a variety of stories about helping dogs. By taking a calm leadership role, Linda urges dogs to stop their unwanted behavior and become the peaceful, nondestructive animals their owners want them to be. The canine expert has studied a number of training approaches and has mastered the methods she thinks achieve the swiftest and most satisfying results, forming a program based on positive reinforcement of good behaviors and calm rejection of bad ones. Beyond in-depth dog-whispering sessions, Linda also specializes in structured walks that ease dogs’ stress with strolls free of marking, sniffing, or suggestive whistles at nearby poodles.
Jen Sauchelli, the owner of Pompton Pet Sitters, lends a helping paw to pet owners with services that cater to all manner of beast. Jen and her fellow pet experts take pride in their ability to establish relationships with the animals in their care. Pet walkers and sitters take time to learn about pets’ dietary restrictions and exercise habits before they even meet, allowing them to immediately build a friendship forged by a secret handshake.
Andrea Batista has always been passionate about dogs, and has spent the past five years working with them professionally. She studied grooming with the Nash Academy and training with Penn Foster Collage—online courses helmed by experienced instructors and their digital pets. Andrea is also an expert in keeping furry friends safe thanks to her pet CPR and first aid training.
When she grooms a canine, Andrea starts with a basic bath and concludes with scented spray and a bandana or bow. She also takes pups on energetic walks that incorporate socialization and playtime. Energetic dogs can also receive fast-paced jogs next to a bike to make sure they come home happy and tired. When the weather permits, Andrea opts for scenic locations such as the beach or rugged hiking trails.
Ooh La La Doggies keeps pups looking and feeling their best. The pet spa-boutique's staff keeps watch over furry loved ones during daycare, where pets have been known to frolic outdoors, munch on healthy snacks, and even take in a dog-centered movie. Grooming sessions revivify coats with all-natural shampoo, and increase shine and softness with luxurious hot-oil treatments and cream rinses. In addition to these helpful services, the store stocks holistic food by Greenies and Evo as well as a range of fashionable apparel.
Sarah and Krista, the lead trainers at Elite Equine Group, help students develop confident horseback-riding skills during lessons and nurture comfortable relationships between humans and horses. The teaching duo takes into account each rider’s variables⎯including experience, age, abilities, and hat gallon number⎯as they teach students within the two indoor rings or one outdoor arena.
With a focus on safety, the instructors typically start young riders out in 30-minute lessons, while older students partaking in hour-long lessons that teach grooming, tacking, and groundwork.