Since 2005, Dianne Marcinizyn has been involved with canine rescue and rehabilitation in one way or another.  She and her husband first adopted Lola, pictured above, through a local rescue organization in Phoenix, Arizona.  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, pictured below, to assist her in training and rehabilitating Lola into a confident dog.  

Luigi the Lab and Titty Tat Georgie

Luigi the Lab and Titty Tat Georgie

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 in the making” with her emphasis on dog behavior by instinctively understanding how to think like a dog, see life as a dog see it.  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) post-op rehabilitation, deafness and blindness.  

"I love to take a negatively-perceived behavior or disability and turn it around into a positive experience that brings the dog into a state of confidence rather than being perceived a victim.  A dog with a high prey drive can often be successfully taught to work in harmony with a cat rather than being labeled an only dog or use a soft mouth to retrieve an injured bird and hand it to me vs. killing it.  A blind dog can be lead by trust and scent to enter a backyard swimming pool or a deaf dog sometimes simply needs direction with hand signals.  With our dedication, almost anything is possible to rehabilitate these animals".

So much of what Dianne does is from a primal place and 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 words 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.  

2014-Enter Petunia. Dianne's biggest challenge to the pack.  

My beautiful Petunia is alive today and helping me rehabilitate dogs.  In fact, she’s the reason my business opened.  I agreed to foster her for two weeks during entropion (eye) surgery through Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.  She was 18 months old and had recently given birth in someone’s backyard. After surgery, she was very sick with pneumonia and weighed 52 pounds. She was frail and emaciated.  Along with my husband Rob, we decided she should not return to the shelter for adoption and made her part of our family.
Petunia - the day I brought her home from eye surgery. 8/15/14

Petunia - the day I brought her home from eye surgery. 8/15/14

She truly thought she had adopted a vicious dog that might need to be euthanized.  That thought catapulted her into studying dog aggression.  She fully understands the importance of advocating for dogs and understanding a dog's "threshold".  Dogs have a threshold of tolerance just as we humans do. How she solved a conflict in her 20's is much different now in her 50's as she has grown to understand there are consequences associated with her actions.  

My beautiful Petunia today

My beautiful Petunia today

Dianne will use human analogies as well as dog to dog examples in order to teach you how to understand your dog.  

While Petunia is not the perfect match for every dog, she is wonderful with many of the large and problematic dogs Find Your Inner Dog works with.  They have successfully added more dogs to their pack who live in total harmony--something they never thought possible. As her owner, she NEVER EVER thought that was possible.  

Dianne's passion for animals and senior citizens came together in beautiful harmony for a decade and a half in her private caregiving practice to the elderly and the dying. Animals and their elderly pack leaders are such a thing of beauty to her.  She was 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.  Due to the high demand for her dog training business, she closed her care practice in late 2016. 

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. Her most recent studies include the innovative, teachings of CCR by Alicia Bloomfield (trademark pending)).  CCR is short for Conditioned  Calming Response and is only taught hands-on. Dianne is the first trainer in Arizona to be trained in it and brings that training to her clients along with doTERRA essential oils.

She and her pack continue to serve their community by volunteering their time visiting the elderly, fostering dogs for the shelter and various local rescue groups and raising money for food donations to the shelter.

Dianne is honored to be able to share her skill, knowledge and passion with you. 

To learn more about Petunia, please visit out #OperationPetunia page or click the link below.