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Biography

DogsI have always loved dogs. I grew up around them and was always intrigued by their complexities - why they behave the way they do, what they think, and how they work. My interest in dogs led me to read many books by experts on canine behavior and psychology.

That is why in 2001, when I found the opportunity to be certified to train service dogs for the disabled, I took the leap. The Bocalan Foundation - a service-dog organization and full member of Assistance Dogs International, Inc. (ADI) - had traveled to Venezuela to present a course on assistance dog training. It was not the last course I took that taught me how to communicate with man's best friend. In my desire to learn as much as possible on training techniques, I have attended seminars on canine psychology, agility, and obedience.

In 2002 I started my own dog-training business as well as fostered and trained puppies to become service dogs.

This was also the year that I came across Jan Fennell's book, "The Dog Listener." I was so fascinated by the ideas expressed in it that I began to implement them with the dogs I was working with. I saw first hand how dogs sometimes change their unwanted behaviors as early as their first training sessions. In all my years working with dogs, I have learned that no matter how many commands a dog has been trained to perform - such as "sit", "down", "wait", "stay", etc. - if the dog believes he is the leader of his pack, he will still suffer mental stress. He will express that stress by being unruly or scared, or suffering from separation anxiety.

DogsBased on this experience, I decided to become a "dog listener" and took all the necessary courses in order to teach the Amichien®Bonding technique. I'm now helping owners to communicate with their dogs in a language those dogs can understand, enabling them to change the structure of their pack.

I truly believe that once your dog has accepted you as the leader of the pack, he/she will be willing to do anything you want, allowing you to have a relaxed and enjoyable relationship with your dog.

If you are willing to learn this language and to be patient and consistent in using it, I will help you to become the leader that your dog needs.

Eugenia Calcaño