For the past decade or so, Dianne Marcinizyn has been involved with canine rescue and rehabilitation in one way or another. She and her husband first adopted Lola through a local rescue organization in Phoenix, Arizona (Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue). All she knew about Lola was that she had been bred for six years in a puppy mill and lived in a cage during those years with very little human contact.
"I honestly had no idea where to begin with my girl. She didn't understand that I wanted to give her everything including all of my love."
While Dianne knew Lola needed love, she also needed a good leader who would direct and protect her and bring her out of her shell. Dianne worked tirelessly to understand her girl. She grew her pack to include Luigi the Lab to assist her in training and rehabilitating Lola into a confident dog. As she learned more and more about the overpopulation of pets and the lack of foster homes, she kicked into high gear and began adding foster dogs into the pack and rehabilitating more than one dog at a time. Her goal for these foster dogs was to leave her home in a balanced state of mind and have good manners as they transitioned into their forever homes.
As time marched on, her passion and knowledge grew as a trainer with emphasis on dog behaviors by instinctively understanding how to think like a dog and see life as a dog. She began to study and dissect dog psychology and dog behaviors with professional trainers and behaviorists from around the globe. She has successfully trained a variety of dogs with disabilities that include FHO (femoral head osteotomy) rehabilitation, deafness and blindness. She currently has a deaf and partially blind dog in her pack named Chunky!
"I love to take a negatively-perceived behavior or disability and turn it around into a positive experience. A dog with a high prey drive can often be successfully taught to work in harmony with a cat, use a soft mouth to retrieve an injured bird and hand it to me. A blind dog can be lead by trust and scent to enter a backyard swimming pool. A deaf dog simply needs direction with hand signals. With our dedication, almost anything is possible to rehabilitate these animals".
So much of what Dianne does involves her invaluable instinctive ability to understand the energy of dogs and to communicate with them through trust, respect and leadership. She has learned to trust the behavior of her cat Titty Tat Georgie who helps her evaluate a dog's energy. Few words are needed and are actually discouraged. Her goal is to reach YOUR INNER DOG and bring harmony to you and your pack. Words are really not needed most of the time when communicating with an animal.
Dianne's passion for animals and humans comes together in beautiful harmony in her part-time, private caregiving practice of nearly 15 years. Animals and their elderly pack leaders are such a thing of beauty to her. She's able to help maintain the care of her clients' animals during their darkest periods of illness at home and witness the ongoing bond of love that can fill so many voids in both human and dog.
Dianne continues to study hands-on with trainers and behaviorists who specialize in human and dog aggression in order to bring the most effective techniques to her clients. She trains and rehabilitates the dogs on behalf of Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue who have become problematic for a multitude of reasons. She then prepares them for adoption into their forever homes.
In 2013, Dianne created a community outreach Facebook page to gather help with washing soiled laundry for Maricopa County Animal Care and Control while also volunteering part-time. Each night, approximately 300 blankets need washing and drying so that the dogs can be given fresh bedding for warmth and cuddles during the colder winter nights. Please be sure to ask her about her project if you'd like to help. It's called The Laundry Elves of Maricopa County - East Shelter!
Dianne is honored to be able to share her skill and knowledge with you.