I believe in every child’s ability to change – and in dogs’ ability to help.
Between March 2018 and March 2019, the police arrested more than 60,200 children (ages 10-17) in England and Wales. Even more shockingly, Britain currently sees more teenage drop-outs than any other developed nation. A research study in the Journal of Family Social Work, meanwhile, has drawn a strong correlation between dog training and inmate rehabilitation, citing positive experiences in multiple prisons.
What do we with this information?
What Dog Training Means
There is a deep bond between people and canines – a bond that we all feel instinctively. When you are working with dogs, you can see immediately and clearly that they feel the bond too. I have committed my life to dog training, and over the years, it has come to mean the world to me. In dogs, I have found an opportunity to make the world a better place, working to develop dogs’ natural talents and nurture their drive to serve people. Studies far and wide have shown that there is innate value to this: animals can heal those who find it hard to interact with others, affording comfort, acceptance, and a sense of security.
The LISEN K9 Concept
Because I know how much dog training has meant to me, I have dreamed for a long time about sharing this passion with others. After more than twenty years as a dog trainer and behaviorist, I have looked out at society and asked myself a pointed question – Who could benefit most from this? To me, the answer to that question is clear: it’s the youth.
At LISEN K9, I am already overseeing a cutting-edge, world-class, competitive canine sourcing and dog-training service. This is the brand under which I train canines, and emphasizing quality over quantity, I have built a reputation for myself.
I have trained dogs for the families of autistic children, I have traveled to Ghana to support animal welfare and education ( https://youtu.be/cBgSMSW_jRg ) , and now, I want to expand – inviting young people into the fold. I would also like to launch an animal therapy program youth ex-offenders, providing an alternative to the sports and music programs that currently dominate.
This is an important initiative because it will not only introduce the youth to a rewarding activity but also prepare them for a range of lucrative jobs, including dog trainer, dog groomer, kennel assistant, dog walker, dog sitter, and dog breeder, all while developing skills in communication, leadership, and collaboration