If your dog has participated in Fun & Fit Agility, Pool Safety, or Training, you may know Rhonda Feinberg. Her philosophy is simple: training should be fun and effective. With over 16 years of training under her belt, Rhonda has a special way of working with dogs that gives them a sense of purpose.
Rhonda’s career in dog training came to her when she adopted two schnauzers and set out to train them. But as with all destinies, no path is a straight line. Her training career came years after she studied animal behavior in college, got married, and raised her son. But nevertheless, the schnauzers that came into Rhonda’s life set her on a new path to becoming a dog trainer.
Now with over 16 years of dog training experience, Rhonda leads our weekly classes including Pool Safety and Fun & Fit Agility. She is an instant favorite to all dogs who meet her for her special energy, encouraging attitude, and of course, her meatball treats.
Rhonda has a mentor that she has worked with her entire career. She also worked in the behavior department at Pasadena Humane Society for many years. When Rhonda isn’t training, she loves spending time with her family and snow skiing.
Fitdog: What is your favorite thing to teach a dog?
Rhonda: My favorite thing to teach a dog is that training can be fun. When I can tap into that “dog brain” and the dogs learn to want to work, that is the most satisfying thing I can teach a dog.
FD: What is one tip you would give dog owners regarding training?
RF: The one tip I would give a dog owner regarding training is that dog training will strengthen your personal bond with your dog.
FD: What is the biggest transformation that you’ve seen during training?
RF: The biggest change that I can see during training is getting the dog owner and the dog to communicate with each other. When that happens it is almost like a dance. When a dog can understand what his owner is trying to communicate it is life-changing for the dog.
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