Not everybody wakes up one day and says “Hey, I’m going to be a dog trainer!” Neither did Sherry to be honest.
She came back to the U.S. from Japan in the magical year 2000 after 12 years, and took a really boring technical documents translation job for a big Japanese company. Knowing THAT could not possibly be her life (but she does know a lot about semi-conductor testers, handlers and interfaces), she started a massage therapy business in Watsonville. Then a life changing invitation happened: Sherry became an intern under Kathy Kern, a pioneer in canine hydrotherapy. During this time, Sherry gained deep insight into many issues surrounding the owner/dog dynamic and behavior problems with the dogs.
And then serendipity knocked on her door.
The year was 2005 and Sherry – a newbie dog trainer by then – got invited to Cesar Millan’s Dog Psychology Center in L.A., for one week. Don’t believe the hype either way about this man – he does simple work, is not a more magical human being than anyone else, yet does have a way with dogs, that works without harming them. It was during that week that she learned the foundation for our current behavioral rehabilitation work: be with the dog, AS the dog is, and guide with patience where we want the dog to be, so that both dog and owner(s) can live successfully with each other.
She has not stopped learning since then, and has studied with many well known dog trainers, who are making positive differences in dogs and their people’s lives, daily. Sherry has since successfully worked with thousands of dogs and their people.
In 2007 Sherry opened The Dog House Inn, Inc., initially as a dog behavior rehabilitation and training center, and it then quickly become the most award winning Pet Resort/Lodging/Daycare/Training facility in the San Francisco Bay Area! She is a Professional member of the International Association of Canine Professionals.
Her thoughts: Dog training is simply translating canine thoughts and body language, into the world of human spoken and body language, and teaching BOTH dog and person to “speak” to each other/live with each other in a way that WORKS. This requires relationship building, patience, finding the motivation for each dog, learning what does and does not work, and above all – consistency. In the fastest, most minimally invasive way possible, taking into account each dog’s personality and limits.