About Us

Cheryl Cornett, CPDT, M.Ed.

Trainer & Owner of Leash & Hand

Cheryl Cornett and her dog Enzo

A certified professional dog trainer, Cheryl has lived with and loved dogs all her life. From strays to rescues to fosters, purebreds and mixed, she adores them all. 

She’s volunteered her time and expertise at local shelters and rescues, providing kennel enrichment for the dogs as well as training and mentoring for the volunteers. 

Cheryl’s background includes a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, a Masters in Elementary Mathematics, and graduation from CATCH Canine Trainers Academy, Master Class. 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, Consultant

Chocolate Labrador Retriever

my dog Finn

Entering his 13th year, Finn has recently retired from Leash & Hand.  Currently, he enjoys his morning stroll and naps, lots of lovely naps.  A good-natured boy, he loves people and has always been a good role model for the foster dogs who live with him from time-to-time. 

At 9-years of age, 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 Consultant, his single duty is to taste-test any and all  homemade training treats Cheryl bakes.  His enthusiastic feedback keeps her cooking.

Enzo,  Assistant-in-Training

Spinone Italiano

My Dog Enzo

Enzo is nearly 3 years old and holds his AKC Canine Good Citizen certification as well as Trick Dog Intermediate. 

Diagnosed with severe idiopathic epilepsy when he was 18-months old, he still leads a full and enriching life.  A gentle soul, he is learning to assist Cheryl with leash reactive and fearful dogs. 

On his days off, he enjoys hiking, nose work, and tracking.  

Aoife, Court Jester

Bull Terrier

aiofe - bull terrierAoife (pronounced Ee-fa) is the newest addition to our staff and at 9 months of age is currently learning basic manners and the foundational skills necessary for canine nose work. 

Registered with the National Association for Canine Scent Work, Aoife is working to obtain her ORT (odor recognition trial) certification this summer. 

Aoife enjoys mischief, merry-making, and making people laugh.  She ends each busy day snuggled on the couch next to Cheryl.