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Heather Smith, ABCDT

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Hello! I am the Pet Lover and it is my Passion to help improve the bond between people and their animals!

Training animals is something that I truly enjoy! I have studied dog training on my own for over a decade, and graduated from Animal Behavior College's Dog Obedience Instructor Course in 2015, where I became certified in Pet CPR and First Aid. I have also completed the following programs provided by Animal Behavior College:

  • Training Shelter Dogs
  • The Art of Selling and Teaching Private Lessons
  • Feline Management and Training
  • Pet Massage
  • Pet Nutrition and Diet

I am continually expanding my knowledge of dog and cat behavior as well as canine events, and have volunteered 100+ hours with the dogs at Centre County PAWS.

I have also had an interest in health and wellness for many years. My knowledge of herbs, vitamins, minerals and their effects and benefits to not only humans, but also dogs, cats and chickens has grown exponentially over the years. Why not provide healthy benefits to our pets as well? It is something I am truly passionate about! Visit the Pet Nutrition and Pet Massage pages to learn more about the services I offer.
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In addition to the ABC Pet Massage and ABC Pet Nutrition and Diet courses listed above, I have completed Dogs Naturally University's Acute Canine Herbalism Specialist and Raw Feeding courses. I've attended many seminars and webinars including Raw Roundup 2019 and 2020, hosted by Dog's Naturally Magazine.

I've recently joined American Pet Professionals in an effort to expand my knowledge and reach in the pet industry!

You may have also seen my profile on Yelp, Pet Works, Breeder Fetch, and Bark (please do not contact me through bark.com). If you'd like to hire me as your trainer or contact me, visit https://www.petloverspassion.com/contact

As the name implies, I am passionate about training and caring for animals! I provide professional coaching and advice for pet owners, like you, and quality training for your furry friend.

I look forward to training with you!

Training Technique

I love animals and seeing how peoples' faces light up when they see what their pet is capable of doing!
I use reward-based, positive reinforcement methods that create lasting results by allowing the animal to figure out what is desired of them. However, training isn't just about treats; it is about becoming a trustworthy, gentle pack leader whom your pets know they can count on. That is how true respect and cooperation is gained. This kind of training is humane, creates a pet who is always happy to see you, and increases response times to cues. An animal who trusts you will listen to you.
Remember: There is no limit to what you can teach your dog!

- Heather Smith, ABCDT

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In Memory of...

Rosie

November 26, 2002 to April 25, 2016

Rosie is the beautiful dog pictured in my business logo; beside her is Flash. Rosie and I grew up together and she is one of the beautiful beings that inspired me to become a professional dog trainer. She was such a wonderful dog who loved to learn, mastering over 85 words and tricks, which included agility! In her day, hurdles were a piece of cake!

Flash

July 3, 2010 to March 2017

Flash is the handsome white-tiger striped kitty in my logo, sitting beside Rosie. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and sitting in peoples' laps. Flash went missing in late February and still hasn't returned.

Lucky

April 8, 2006 to September 7, 2018

Lucky is the handsome tuxedo cat on the Cat Training page, playing cards. He was my second indoor cat, and was very sweet and super smart. He loved going on stroller rides. Lucky, you will be missed!

Dedication:

I feel it is necessary to dedicate a spot on my website to commemorate these amazing animals who've inspired me both in life, and in my career.

An encouraging word:

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." - I Peter 1:3-5 KJV

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