I’m Hindy Pearson – dog trainer, behaviour consultant, advocate for senior pet adoption with a passion for animal welfare.
How I got started as a dog trainer
For many years I volunteered at a number of shelters, most of the time walking dogs and keeping old and special needs dogs company. What always shocked me, no matter which shelter in what city was the number of dogs being returned because of behavior problems. The dogs were always blamed, no training was ever given at the shelter, they were adopted again and often (not always) returned again for the same reason. Imagine having 5 owners before the dog was even 2 years old!
To me that was heart breaking to watch, never mind frustrating, knowing how many people were unaware of the importance of training…something that should always be explained at the adoption interview but isn’t usually.
Anyway I started doing some basic training with the dogs to help improve their chances of a forever home. For 14 years I had a dog walking and pet sitting business, focusing on dealing with difficult dogs who needed individual walks. I did more than just walk them I helped with their issues.
Becoming a certified dog trainer and behaviour consultant was the next logical step.
I’m going global!
I have always done one on one training in clients’ homes, but working on this site and caringforaseniordog.com made me realise the greater impact I could have by offering “virtual training.”
That means offering the same advice and support, no matter where in the world you live. We use FB video, Skype, Zoom or phone if you prefer. While it’s true there are some instances where you do need to physically be present in the home, in my experience most of the issues can be dealt with remotely.
Other stuff about me
I am from Montreal but wanderlust took me to live in New York for 2 years, Israel for 5 years, and Toronto for 13. I met my English husband in a restaurant in Costa Rica and moved to England. We left England after a few years, moved to Florida, came back to England, did the snowbird thing for a while, and now we’re in England. Until I figure out where I want to go next!!! I suspect I will always want to spend a significant amount of time here, but I’m keen to divide my time – I get antsy just being in one place.
I prefer to live within easy access of a big city, but could never live in the centre of the hustle and bustle. After a few hours of the chaos I literally feel my blood pressure rising, so I know it’s time to retreat. I love the outdoors, and it’s the one place I feel truly at peace.
A few times a year I run the Saffy Pearson Resource Centre. It is a mobile advice centre where I set up in different locations and offer free advice to anyone with questions about their dogs and cats. I do this in memory of a dog named Saffy.
One very important point
The most important thing you should know about me…I can help you become an amazing pup parent.
Please contact me anytime should you have a question, comment or wish to set up a training session.