Five Fast Facts with Owners Mary and Hannah

December 26, 2018

 

Have you met the owners of A New Leash Dog Training yet?

 

Mary and Hannah operated independently from each other in the Twin Cities for about three years. They eventually met through social media sometime in 2015 and spent countless hours talking shop over beers at local breweries (no kidding, they were usually the last ones there each night) They started a podcast, Off the Leash, to publish their dog training conversations for their clients and friends in August of 2017. After realizing they shared similar views on dog training, client relations, and business ownership, they merged in January 2018 -with a goal to be able to grow and provide more to their clients.​ Experience with difficult dogs combined with past jobs in dog daycare, the veterinary field, and other training facilities has provided a varied background with unique perspectives from both trainers.

 

We asked them each five fast facts about themselves and what they love about their job! 

 

MARY PENNY KPA CTP

 

WHAT TYPE OF DOGS DO YOU MOST ENJOY WORKING WITH?

 

I tend to have the most fun training primitive type and "stubborn"/aloof dogs. I enjoy a challenge, and it's no secret that I have a penchant for hounds and bullies.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SKILL TO TEACH?

 

It is a toss-up between self control and cooperation for care such as vet or grooming procedures. They both make a world of difference for dog and owner.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TRAINING TOOL?

 

Brainpower! I love problem solving to find what will be the most meaningful consequence for the individual dog that I am working with. 

 

IN JUST 3 SENTENCES - YOUR FAVORITE BEHAVIOR CASE OUTCOME.

 

A dog that went from severe human aggression to rolling in the grass soliciting belly-rubs. This dog taught me a lot about the many ways that fear and insecurity can present.  The root of behavior is not always as it seems!

 

WHAT DO YOU VALUE MOST IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH DOGS?

 

Freedom, cooperation, companionship, and trust. All coming from both ends of the leash.

 

Read Mary's full bio here.

 

HANNAH HALVORSON

 

 

WHAT TYPE OF DOGS DO YOU MOST ENJOY WORKING WITH?

 

I love dogs that are great problem solvers - too smart for their own good. Dogs that will keep me on my toes lest they decide to solve a problem I didn't even know we had. Shepherds and other working breeds are my favorite. 

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SKILL TO TEACH?

 

I enjoy teaching impulse control and awareness to dogs as well as practical skills they need to behave appropriately in public. 

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TRAINING TOOL?

 

Ditto! Using my brain and observational skills to carve out the desired behavior from a dog I'm working with is my favorite "tool." 

 

IN JUST 3 SENTENCES - YOUR FAVORITE BEHAVIOR CASE OUTCOME.

Two dogs in the Reactive Dog class I teach that started off stressed around unknown dogs, seeing each other for the first time and not barking, lunging, or growling. They stayed attentive to their owners and were playful and relaxed for the entire length of class.

 

WHAT DO YOU VALUE MOST IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH DOGS?

 

Communication. The fact that we can learn to communicate with a non-verbal species to accomplish incredibly complex goals is amazing!

 

Read Hannah's full bio here.

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