Kasandra Fleury

Kas and MaggieKasandra is Central Vermont Humane Society’s Dog Training Program Coordinator. She is the one responsible for planning our class schedules and for getting students signed up for the appropriate class. Kasandra is also one of our dog trainers and offers classes for dogs of all ages and skill levels, from puppy kindergarten to tricks and games. She also teaches a very popular class in downtown Montpelier called Rovers About Town where dogs and handlers are able to practice their skills in a real life environment.

Kasandra lives in Braintree, Vermont with her husband and their menagerie of 4-footed critters. She shares her home with 2 gerbils, 4 cats and 2 dogs. If you attend a class with Kasandra, chances are you will meet one or both of her dogs at some point. Oliver Twist is her senior Plotthound cross, adopted from a high-kill shelter in Tennessee when he was just a puppy. He is Kasandra’s first dog of her own as an adult and she credits Oliver with teaching her how to better communicate with dogs. Oliver has his Canine Good Citizen title from the AKC and he is a retired therapy dog. Oliver has also recently worked towards his Champion Trick Dog title and he continues to amaze Kasandra daily with how fast he picks up on new skills, even at his senior age. Maggie is Kasandra’s southern mystery mutt (most likely a cattle dog cross) adopted from a Tennessee rescue when she was a puppy. Kasandra calls Maggie her “heart dog” and the two of them can usually be found not far from one another, whether on a mountain or in a training class. Maggie is a true training assistant and joins Kasandra for classes whenever she can. Like Oliver, Maggie has her Canine Good Citizen title and she is a certified Therapy Dog with Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Through this therapy dog program, Maggie and Kasandra visit local elementary schools where Maggie works as a reading dog… she helps children gain confidence in their reading skills by reading to her. Maggie also helps Kasandra do dog bite safety presentations for schools. She is quite the comedian and loves to show off her large repertoire of tricks. Maggie has recently earned the title of Trick Dog Champion with her demonstration of some rather difficult tricks and she continues to learn new skills along with Oliver. Kasandra and Maggie will be adding Canine Freestyle to their list of things to do in 2015 and have been working on some pretty fun freestyle moves together.
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When Kasandra is not working, she can be found outside with her dogs. The three of them are out in the woods and on the trails as much as possible. In the winter she loves to snowshoe and watch her pups race through the snow after each other. Hiking is a true passion of Kasandra’s and she loves sharing adventures with Maggie and Oliver at her side. Maggie, especially, has led Kasandra up some of Vermont’s highest mountains and on some very exciting hikes over the years. Kasandra hopes to hike part of Vermont’s Long Trail with Maggie in 2015. Kasandra also loves to camp and her dogs are just as excited to hit the road to a new campground as she is. She also loves to write, animals being the most commonly used subjects in her stories.

Kasandra attended Vermont Technical College and graduated with her degree in Veterinary Technology. She worked as a veterinary technician at a small animal clinic for 9 years before deciding to pursue her dream of dog training. Kasandra attended the online college, Animal Behavior College, to earn her certification in dog training. She is now a fully insured Animal Behavior College Dog Trainer and believes in a force-free, fun and games approach to training. Kasandra has learned from her time working with other trainers and from various continuing education seminars she has attended, but she credits her mom with much of the dog training knowledge she has gained over the years. The many dogs Kasandra has had in her life have been some of the best teachers as well and Maggie and Oliver continue to teach her something new every day. Kasandra now owns her own dog training business, One Paw at a Time Dog Training, and offers group classes and individual training consults. She loves helping people strengthen the bond they have with their canine companions, one paw at a time.

 

Bill Grant

Bill grantBill has been training dogs and people since 1991. He uses his experience to help dog owners develop positive, loving relationships with their canine companions and teaches people to work with their dogs in ways that encourages a partnership that lasts for life.  Bill is highly recommended by many well-known dog professionals, business owners and veterinarians for his kind, knowledgeable and gentle approach in working with all dogs.

Bill helps people explore how dogs think, thus unlocking the possibilities for effective communication and learning. He believes that many of today’s training issues are a result of “miscommunications” between dog and human. As these lines of communication are opened, many issues are solved.   His classes are upbeat and fun for dogs and entire families.

Bill makes training a family process where all members are encouraged to participate. He focuses on teaching patience and consistency, thus creating an environment that allows dogs to flourish and become a welcome addition to any home.

Bill teaches a variety of classes including Puppy Kindergarten, Good Manners for Adult Dogs, a recall class to teach dogs to come when called reliably, the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen class and a class called Reactive Rover, f10426175_10204238394416982_5070640738923764161_nor dogs that have specific challenges with other dogs and people. Bill also works with people individually on specific behavioral issues and offers in-home training. Bill is also a partner at Green Mountain Pet Stop, which is an underground fencing company.

He currently resides in southern Vermont with his 4 Akitas and his newest family addition, an American Staffordshire Terrier named Gus.

Bill has been involved showing dogs in confirmation for years and has led numerous dogs to championship level. He has also been recognized as an Akita Breeder and advocate for the Akita breed. He has been involved in Canine Therapy Work and has a number training articles published. He has consulted with a variety of local and national rescue associations. Bill teaches at several locations and also consults privately with dog owners, rescue organizations, breed clubs and veterinary practices in Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

 

Cynthia Drinkwine

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Cyn is a master educator who taught middle school in rural Vermont for 15 years.   In 2015, she decided to combine her passion for teaching with her passion for dogs.  She immersed herself in scientifically based positive dog training methodology and mentored with the best trainers in the area. Cyn received her dog training certification through CATCH Canine Trainers Academy, and studied clicker training through Karen Pryor’s Dog Training Foundations and Shelter Training and Enrichment courses. She is a member of APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers). Cyn was a dog adoption counselor at Central Vermont Humane Society and spent hundreds of hours working with shelter dogs and the people who adopt them. 

Currently, Cyn teaches dog training to staff, volunteers, and community members at Central Vermont Humane Society, as well as working with private clients through Playful Pup Dog Training.

Cyn’s classes focus on positive reinforcement methods in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. She stresses canine/human relationships, reading canine body language, and awareness of handler’s communication to the dog.

 

 

Taylor Margison

Taylor’s lifelong dedication to animals, combined with her passion for teaching, has led to the creation of Integrated Canine LLC.  With over 16 years of experience training a variety of animals, including horses and dogs, Taylor strives for an ever increasing understanding of animal behavior and psychology and how to best pass that knowledge on to her clients.  With encouragement, guidance, and support for her human students, and a positive learning environment for their dogs, she ensures that everyone enjoys the process and looks forward to a bright future of inter-species communication.