by Nicole Larocco-Skeehan
Want to set yourself apart in the marketplace, bust out of a training rut, and increase client “buy-in” to your style? Nicole Larocco-Skeehan shows you how—and it’s easier than you think! By using these creative training games in your group classes or private lessons, you’ll introduce and reinforce obedience cues and teach dogs how to work through distraction.
The games can stand alone, or Nicole will show you how to combine several into a class that will keep clients engaged and make them beg for more!
Featured games include:
Turn your routine on its tail with these stimulating interactive games from one of the industry’s most knowledgeable trainers.
Running time: 1 hour, 50 minutes
About the presenter:
Nicole’s professional animal training career began in college, teaching equestrian and horseback riding lessons. After graduating from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, she worked at a boarding kennel as head trainer and obedience instructor, where she earned her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed) title.
In 2005, Nicole decided to move into the world of animal sheltering. Her introduction to shelter work was with Animal Friends, a no-kill animal shelter and companion-animal resource center in Pittsburgh. In 2008, The Pennsylvania SPCA in Philadelphia recruited Nicole for the position of Director of Animal Behavior and Training; there she built a program to enrich the lives of the animals during their stay in the shelter, and to educate the public in an effort to find permanent homes for shelter animals. In this role, Nicole gained extensive experience working with the most vulnerable populations of animals, including those affected by extreme cruelty and neglect. Nicole’s specialty was retraining and rehabilitating fighting pit bulls and helping them acclimate to life as family companions.
Nicole continues to work in the field of animal rescue by contracting with shelters to build behavior programming. Nicole also created behavior programming and served as the Director of Behavior for New Leash on Life-USA, a prison dog-training program. She works hands-on with the inmates and their dogs.
Nicole’s efforts in animal rescue have been documented on television shows including Animal Cops: Philadelphia; Animal Planet’s Dogfighting Exposed; National Geographic Network’s show What Breed Am I? and on local television and radio programming. Currently Nicole owns and operates Philly Unleashed, which provides group and private dog training and behavior modification services to the Philadelphia metro area. Nicole also instructs the shelter behavior residency for the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, and is a sought-after speaker both locally and nationally.
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