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.
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) 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.
Once healthy, Dianne and her husband decided to drive Petunia to the beach to enjoy life in San Diego. It never dawned on her that she'd just arrived at the biggest dog park of all and she was nowhere near ready for it. It was a huge mistake and it was ugly in every sense of the word. They made a spectacle of themselves and were cursed and shamed off the beach for having "that breed" of dog. Then it felt like our lives fell apart.
Dianne took the time to first enlist her veterinary professionals to rule out medical disease and pain and proceeded to hire behavioral professionals to train us.
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.
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 nearly 15 years in her private caregiving practice. 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 2016. She and her pack continue to volunteer their time visiting the elderly and spreading joy wherever they can.
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, trademarked teachings of CCR by Alicia Bloomfield. 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.
Dianne is honored to be able to share her skill and knowledge with you.