Chuck Kuepfer, Staff Reporter
Celebrity dog trainer Brad Pattison is coming to Elmira in a fundraising effort for a proposed lease-free park.
Pattison is best known for the television shows End Of My Leash and Puppy SOS that offer training tips for dog owners.
“Some people don’t agree with it, but I found personally it works,” says Shanna Hoffer of Pattison’s training methods.
Hoffer was having trouble with her dog Ajha, when her husband stumbled upon End Of My Leash while watching TV. He suggested she should give it a try.
“I ended up going to one of Brad’s training sessions and a couple of the seminars and learned way more from him than everything else I had ever done, in a short amount of time,” said Hoffer.
Outdoor training is a key component of Pattison’s training methods, which he teaches to others who want to become certified dog trainers.
“All my issues were outside, but anybody I was going to was always training inside,” said Hoffer. “I found the advice I was getting wasn’t working for the issues with my dog.”
Hoffer, who had previously considered becoming a dog trainer, decided to take the training and become a certified trainer educator.
“It was intense. Everything was hand’s on,” said Hoffer, who completed the course over six weekends in Toronto. “You did everything, you learned everything, then you had to do your homework throughout the rest of the week.”
She is now the only Brad Pattison-certified trainer for the Elmira area for what’s described as dog training in the real world through her business Pawsitive Canine Connection.
“All the training is done outside,” said Hoffer. “And we don’t use treats. If your dog’s running toward the road after a ball and you yell ‘stop,’ is it going to stop if you don’t have any food?”
Elmira residents will have the opportunity to learn from Pattison himself when he comes to Elmira, September 8-9.
On Saturday, Sept. 8, Pattison is hosting a two-hour dog training session at the Village Pet Food Shoppe (10 Church St. W) from 4-6 p.m.
Dog owners are asked to bring a Martingale collar and a six-foot leash. The cost is $25 per person with non-perishable food for Woolwich Community Services.
The following day (Sunday, Sept. 9) Pattison is speaking at a seminar at Elmira’s Lions Hall from 1-4 p.m. The cost is $56.50 per person or $75 after Sept. 1. Food donations for WCS are appreciated. A fundraising barbecue follows the seminar, which includes a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses.
Funds raised through the event will go toward establishing a dog park in Elmira. Earlier this summer, a presentation at Woolwich Council by Lyric Pauley, owner of Shampoochies Dog Grooming, suggested that Bolender Park would make a good location. Council was asked to look into the proposal for a leash-free park.
For more information or to register for the upcoming events, contact Hoffer at email@example.com.
The events are sponsored by Hoffer, The Village Pet Food Shop and Shampoochies Dog Grooming.