Meet Zoe, the new head trainer and long-time friend of Dog Days!
Zoe Sandor (previously Stathis) has been training dogs professionally for over 7 years and has accumulated over 10,000 hours of hands-on experience.
With a degree in Business Management from Syracuse University, Zoe started her canine education as the manager of a dog daycare in Downtown, San Diego in 2007. The daycare eventually partnered with a training company specializing in rehabilitating dogs with human/dog aggression that Zoe studied under for a year and a half.
Since 2009, Zoe has both contracted for and briefly managed one of the top training companies in San Diego before deciding to go into business for herself in 2015. It is because of this experience that in addition to tackling all the basics from housebreaking to impulse control problems (jumping/barking/chewing/etc), Zoe is also able to specialize in cases involving aggression, anxiety, and the social dynamics of the daycare setting.
Positive Motivation: A positive motivational approach coupled with clear boundaries is the most effective means to a happy hound.
Owner Involvement: Training the owner is just as important as training the dog for long term success.
Flexibility: If it doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t work for me. There are many paths to the ultimate goal and it’s important to find the right one for YOU. I will never force you into a box.
Certified Professional Pet Trainer from APDT and Certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
Professional affiliations with both IACP and APDT
Regularly donates time assisting foster dogs in over 15 dog rescues all over San Diego County
**Rachelle is currently unavailable while she attends veterinary college!**
Rachelle heads the training program here at Dog Days San Diego, and has experience working with a variety of training methods customized to fit the many different kinds of dogs (and owners) she works with. She has interests in veterinary sciences and Schutzhund/IPO dog sport, and spends her free time away from Dog Days exercising dogs and consulting those owners in need of a diet change for their pet. She is a dog-lover who respects and loves dogs for the animals they are, and encourages owners to do the same by fulfilling their dogs as canines rather than as human “fur babies.”
Rachelle’s training methods includes positive reinforcement using a variety of techniques and helper tools, treat-based training, lure-reward methods as popularized by Ian Dunbar, the use of clickers in marker training as taught by Karen Pryor, and electronic collar training.
The approach she takes to helping your pet and your household is holistic–she targets the areas of miscommunication between you and your dog, and then comes up with a plan of attack to clear up the lines of communication so that your dog understands what is expected of them behaviorally, and so that you understand precisely how to teach them those expectations in a practical and consistent way. Ultimately, she wants YOU to become your pet’s trainer through an understanding/application of the fundamentals of training them, so that you are equipped to handle future issues appropriately, and don’t become dependent on a trainer for the rest of your dog’s life.
Certified Canine Good Citizen/Urban Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
Fosters, rehabilitates, rehomes working breed dogs in need
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