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.

Enzo,  Assistant-in-Training

Spinone Italiano

My Dog Enzo

Enzo is nearly 3 years old and loves learning new things. He earned his AKC Canine Good Citizen soon after his first birthday and then discovered trick training. He currently holds an AKC TRicK Dog Intermediate Title and is working towards advanced. 

 A sweet and gentle ‘old’ soul, he is learning to assist Cheryl with leash reactive and fearful dogs.  When he’s not working, Enzo simply adores a long, brisk walk- any time, any weather.  

Aoife, Court Jester

Bull Terrier

aiofe - bull terrierAoife (pronounced Ee-fa) is the newest addition to our staff.  At one year of age she is a naughty adolescent and pushes all the boundaries. (Her AKC Canine Good Citizen in nowhere in sight…  she keeps Cheryl humble.) 

Aoife adores nose work and is working towards her novice titles with the AKC, National Association of Canine Scent Work, and Peformance Scent Dogs.

When not sniffing out a hide, Aoife enjoys mischief, merry-making, and making people laugh.  She ends each busy day snuggled on the couch next to Cheryl.