My name is Sarah Hodgson, and not only am I a trainer, behavior consultant, author and blogger, I'm also a mom to a multi-species household. I know first hand how adding a dog to your life can get overwhelming, and that professional help and positive encouragement can be a sanity-saver.
A lot of people ask me when and how I got started? We'd have to go back some 40+ years ago-a time when dog training wasn't quite a life aspiration. At an age when most kids were babysitting or mowing lawns, and I started my career. At 10, I was teaching my dog to jump through a tire swing, do funny tricks, and pull me on skis. At 12, I showed my neighbors how to do it, and a teacher was born. In 1988, I opened my professional practice in Northern Westchester County, NY, where I continue to help families train and demystify their dog, cat and other pets behavior throughout the tri-state area.
Growing up in a sport-centric community, I was the clumsy kid who was known as a certifiable "animal magnet." More interested in playing with dogs on the sideline than soccer balls I was told time and again: “You are way too into dogs!” But my love of animals didn’t stop in the schoolyard. Feral and wayward cats gathered in my yard for water and handouts, and while my mom’s allergies precluded their coming inside, I set up a nest for them in our garage. My first feline teachers--although I didn’t know it then, were a group of feral cats and their subsequent litters filling so many of my earliest days with wonder. Although many people looked onto my childhood with pause, Does she have any human friends? I remember it with joy. My ducks and rabbits, ferrets and hamsters, dogs, cats, and horses were my BFFs. Anyone who found injured wildlife knew where to bring them; I loved caring for them all
Fast-forward a few decades, and you’ll find me doing the same thing. Now, I’m a mom to a multi-species household--decorating my kid's life with pets of every persuasion.
Whether you need personal coaching, a book, a few good articles or some video tips, you'll find all that and more here. As research shows, dogs think, learn and act more like toddlers. Isn't it right that we teach our dogs with the same kindness, encouragement and respect we use with children? After all dogs who are loved like family are happier, more responsive and trustworthy. And happy is good.
My professional credentials include:
30 + year veteran dog trainer
30 + year feline behavior consultant
B.A. in Biology with emphasis on Animal Behavior, SUNY Purchase, 1989
Press Escort, Westminster Dog Show, 1990 - 1995
Member DWAA, since 1992
Member of APDT since 1995
Wrote the dog tricks for the packaging of KEEBLER® SCOOBY-DOO!™ Snacks (2005)
Associate applied behavior consultant (IAABC) since 2013
Certified Fear Free Board Member
My most current book, Modern Dog Parenting, Raising a Dog or Puppy to be a Loving Member of the Family, St. Martin's Press, Fall 2016, shares many modern studies that show that dogs share an almost identical brain capacity as 2-3 year old children. Doesn’t it make sense to treat these sensitive, intelligent creatures a bit more like children? Kids — and dogs — raised with kindness and respect grow up happy. And happy is good.
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As a regular contributor to a variety of print publications, my columns have appeared in Parenthood, Prevention and Country Living magazines as well as the New York Times and the WAG Magazine. I have appeared as a guest expert on NBC, CNN, CNBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, Animal Planet and the DIY Network.
My dog training techniques are unique and profound. I am available for interviews, television and radio appearances, and lecturing engagements. For more information, download my press kit, send an email or call 914-241-1111.