The Trainer: Cheryl Cornett, CPDT-KA, M.Ed.
Trainer & Owner of Leash & Hand
A proud honors graduate of CATCH Canine Trainers Academy, Master Class, Cheryl is well versed in knowledge regarding the latest research, evidence, and science behind using humane, force-free methods to train dogs. She is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) as well an evaluator for the AKC’s “Canine Good Citizen” certification.
Cheryl also volunteers at Pope Memorial SPCA in Concord, NH, where she teaches a monthly kennel enrichment class to interested community members, as well as working directly with the dogs in the shelter. She’s dedicated to improving their lives by making their stay there as stress-free as possible through training, walks, and play.
Her background includes a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and a Masters in Elementary Mathematics. A former school teacher, Cheryl has found a striking parallel between the best practices currently used to help young children learn new concepts and the most effective methodology to teach canines new behaviors. And the very best part? Both can be accomplished without coercion, fear, or pain.
Finn, Vice President
Chocolate Labrador Retriever
Twelve years old this past December, Finn loves eating, hiking, and playing fetch. A good-natured boy, he also enjoys people and has always been a good role model to the foster dogs who live with him from time-to-time. When he was 9 years old, Cheryl introduced him to the clicker and shaped what is called a ‘dead retrieve’. (Never let anyone tell you your dog is ‘too old’ to learn!)
As head of the clan, his duties include taste-testing any and all homemade training treats Cheryl bakes. His enthusiastic feedback keeps her cooking.
Eighteen months of age, Enzo has not only earned his AKC Canine Good Citizen certification he also has his Intermediate Trick Dog Title, and is currently training for the Advanced Title.
This ancient breed originates in Italy; however they are prized by hunters everywhere for their ability to point, flush, and retrieve game. Although Enzo’s retrieves are strictly relegated to tennis balls and toilet paper (don’t ask), his love of the outdoors and using his fabulous nose is fulfilled while learning to track. Enzo is working hard to hone his skills in hopes of obtaining the AKC Tracking Dog title.