Joe Dwyer realized he had a passion for motivational speaking after delivering a ten-minute speech in his sophomore year of high school. He discovered his gift of compassion and energy as well as an ability to connect with his audience. He presents “The Dog’s View” series with great enthusiasm. Now with over 25 years of business and personal experience he now also inspires people to find their “treasures” through personal/business coaching. He served as an executive for Bell Atlantic and the Archdiocese of Newark. Joe is trained in martial arts and possesses a 3rd degree black belt in Karate and is a member of the National Speakers Association and Coach U (a world class coach training organization). [Read more…]
In 1998, a chance encounter with a pet parent facing the death of her pet was a defining moment for Coleen. It was the beginning of her vision of how to best meet the needs of pet parents in their desire to mourn, memorialize and pay tribute to their beloved pets when they die. In 2004, the experience of the death of her dog, Mico, guided her in starting Pet Angel Memorial Center, Inc.®, the nation’s first stand-alone pet’s-only funeral home. Soon, publications such as Kates-Boylston’s Pet Loss Insider deemed her the “most well known pet funeral director” and a true “pet loss pioneer.” In 2009, Coleen founded Two Hearts Pet Loss Center, to guide people who wish to provide meaningful pet death care services in their communities, as well to be an educational resource in the pet grief discipline. [Read more…]
Pat Engel has been an animal lover her whole life. Not surprisingly, her favorite species is Canis lupus familiaris.
Pat is the owner of Co-Pilot Dog Training in Sonoma County, California. Since 1997 she has been helping owners understand and train their dogs in ways that respect and nourish the canine-human bond.
Looking for a way to add even more fun to her training repertoire, Pat became a Certified Trick Dog Instructor in 2014. Pat, her own dogs, and her students have been having fun ever since!
When she is not training dogs, Pat enjoys practicing yoga and getting her hands dirty in the pottery studio.
Pat shares her life with Bob, her husband of 37 years, and four dogs- Jazz, a 14 year old Corgi and retired class demo dog, Rio, a 6 year old Silken Windhound who is a certified social/therapy/reading dog and a Novice Trick Dog, Foster, a 6 year old rescue Terrier cross who is a class demo dog and an Intermediate Trick Dog, and the newest pack member, Jasper, a 12 week old Aussie, who will soon be Pat’s new class demo dog, and be learning lots and lots of tricks!
Course: Six Awesome Dog Tricks
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.
Instructor: Dr. Ava Frick, DVM, CAC, FAIS; Certified in Animal Chiropractic; Fellow of the American Institute of Stress also has a proficiency in herbal phytotherapy, is considered the world’s leading authority in veterinary microcurrent therapy, and is owner of Pet Rehab & Pain Clinic, a rehabilitation specialty practice in Chesterfield, Missouri. Dr. Frick has lectured nationally at AVMA, AHVMA, IVAS, AVCA, Wild West and Western States, and other state veterinary conferences as well as internationally via webinars and online courses. Her topics include animal chiropractic, nutrition, microcurrent therapy, rehabilitation, stretching exercises, pain management, and the autonomic nervous system. She was honored as a runner-up in the Hartz 2006 Veterinarian of the Year award and in 2012 inducted as a Fellow of the American Institute of Stress. She is a regular consultant for topics within her field by many journal and magazine editors and is a published author: 2005 and 2010 in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science and her book, Fitness in Motion, was published in 2007 by The Lyons Press. She has created CAN a Clinical Animal Nutrition survey for clients to complete on their dogs and cats that focuses on using symptoms and body systems to help identify areas of malfunction and combines that with tissue mineral analysis to determine the proper nutritional program for each patient. Learn more about Dr Frick and telemedicine at www.AnimalPainVet.com , her practice at www.animalrehabstlouis.com , or her on-line courses at www.e-trainingfordogs.com Her courses at E-Training include: Nutrition: CANINE NUTRITION-PART I ; Nutrition: CANINE NUTRITION-PART II and Fitness in Motion – Stretching and Exercises for Dogs