Abbe’s contribution to the local CLE Dog Magazine in the “Ask the Trainer” section:
•CLE DOG Magazine’s Ask the Trainer Q&A “How safe are retractable, flexi leads?
•CLE DOG Magazine’s Ask the Trainer Q&A “When should I start training my puppy?
She was featured on ABC’s New 5 Cleveland to educate on the difference between emotional support, therapy, and service animals:
Abbe was interviewed by Cleveland.com. for an article about therapy dogs because her certified therapy dog, Gemma is a pit bull.
As a life-long dog and cat owner, Abbe began rescue volunteering in 2006. After several years of owning and handling rescue dogs, she became a team leader, teaching volunteers how to properly and safely handle the dogs, along with teaching basic obedience commands.
In 2013 she began an internship at a local, award-winning, multi-trainer facility. She advanced quickly by conducting evaluations, lessons, and group classes. She learned to recognize, correct, and manage behaviors, and instructed clients using different training methods. Additionally, she supervised the learning process of other trainers and took on the more advanced obedience, as well as the behaviorally difficult cases.
Through personal and professional experience and education, Abbe has formed a foundation for building and maintaining the human-canine relationship through effective communication, clear expectations, and trust. In MARCH 2018, she branched out on her own and started Affinity Canine.
Abbe has taught more than 1,000 dogs in puppy classes, basic obedience, advanced obedience, remote collar classes, and private lessons, and has worked with more than 200 board and train dogs.
She’s attended numerous training workshops instructed by well-respected dog trainers from throughout the US, is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals, and an approved AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator.
Abbe’s current areas of expertise are Puppy training, basic and advanced obedience, behavior modification (unwanted in-home behaviors, leash reactivity, etc.), remote collar (off-leash and behavior modification), board and train, Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog training.
Her knowledge and expertise are also well-respected by the news and media across Northeast Ohio! Be sure to visit the links below to find out more.