Myra has trained dogs professionally for 30 years, and has been involved in obedience, protection, agility, herding, search-and-rescue, drug detection, therapy and service dog training. Her personal experience with disability led her deeply into the training of service dogs, and in 1987 she graduated from Dr. Bonnie Bergin’s Assistant Dog Institute Instructor Course. Myra prefers to teach handlers to train their own service dogs. She believes that when handlers understand the methods and principles of the training, they can better adapt exercises to meet their specific needs. As a result, handlers and dogs develop better working relationships. Myra has worked with persons with a variety of disabilities that include cerebral palsy, closed-head injuries, visual impairment, hearing impairment, learning disorders, spina-bifida, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, anxiety, arthritis, diabetes and mobility problems. Myra’s commitment is to empower individuals to gain increased control and independence in their lives. Myra currently conducts classes in St. Paul, Minnesota for owner-trainers of service dogs and for “reactive” dogs. Myra teaches the Service Dog courses.
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