The Trainer: Cheryl Cornett, CCDT, 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 also a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).
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
Ten 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. 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 of the clan, his duties include taste-testing any and all homemade training treats Cheryl bakes. His enthusiastic feedback keeps her cooking.
Part American Staffordshire,
Part Bulldog, full-on Sweetheart
Bess is of undetermined age (something a true lady will never divulge) and inherently embraces the motto ‘Life is good.’ Bess started out as a foster dog 5 years ago, but within a week, Cheryl knew Bess was never going to leave.
Among her many endearing qualities, she is an elite class snuggle buddy, who proudly holds the title “AKC Canine Good Citizen.” This is a test that requires mastery of 10 different skills in order to pass. Bess worked very hard to learn those skills and had fun while doing so.
When her arthritis isn’t acting up, Bess participates in Barn Hunt, holding a RAT-O title in the sport and working to obtain her RAT-S title this summer.
A what? (How do you even say that that?! Spin-own-ay E-tal-ee-on-oh.)
A versatile hunting dog, this ancient working breed is prized in Italy and Europe not only for their ability to point, flush, and retrieve, but due to their gentle nature, friendliness, and loyalty they quickly and easily become cherished household pets.
Enzo is the newest addition to our staff and is currently learning basic manners, as well as being introduced to the foundation skills necessary for a good gun dog and hunting companion.
He is also learning tracking skills and will make a final decision as to which career path his life will take by summer’s end.