Susan Alvin has been happily training and working with dogs since 2007.

After a few years of volunteering at shelters taking care of cats and walking the dogs, Susan joined The Seeing Eye. This started a wonderful 5-year volunteer service raising puppies for the blind and learning more about dog behavior and effective behavior modification techniques. The Seeing Eye is the first guide school in the world established in 1929. It is located on a 60-acre campus in Morristown New Jersey. Its mission is to enhance the independence, dignity, and self-confidence of blind people through the use of Seeing Eye Dogs.

This amazing work opened many doors for Susan in the world of dogs. In 2009 during training a new puppy with several issues that were fear-based combined with severe separation anxiety, she took the little guy to The Behavioral Medicine Clinic at The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. After attending innumerable lectures offered through The Behavioral Clinic at Penn., Susan’s whole world opened up and her reading list grew exponentially. Behavior modification techniques became her focus, zeroing in on perfecting body language, vocalizations, and eye contact skills enabling pack-drive to develop.

These techniques have become the core of Errol & Tia’s dog training programs.

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“Susan is so wonderful to work with. You can really tell she cares about the dog’s well-being. She teaches you how they learn, how they think and how to best communicate with your dog.”

Leigh S.