Marni Bellavia, Owner
At HumaneK9 Dog Training, we feel very strongly that a successful relationship is created between dog and human by building trust and mutual understanding. We believe in and use humane training methods that enhance the communication between handler and dog.
We teach our classes using positive-reinforcement based training and encourage the use of humane "people empowering" techniques in our classes. We do not employ or tolerate harsh and inhumane punishment-based methods, as we feel that this type of punishment breaks down the relationship between dog and handler and in itself, escalates aggression.
Marni is the owner and trainer for HumaneK9 Dog Training. She has worked with the Humane Society of Broward County for the past 25 years and currently continues her dedicated work there. As part of the staff at the shelter, she has had the opportunity to work with and train a wide variety of dogs of all breeds. It is with this knowledge and other forms of education that has prepared her to excel in the field of dog training.
Marni is also the Manager of the Animal Assisted Therapy Program (pet therapy) and Canines for Community Resilience program (critical incident support dogs) at the Humane Society of Broward County. In this capacity Marni trains, evaluates and certifies all people and pets interested in volunteering with the Humane Society of Broward County's Animal Assisted Therapy Program.
As a member of several professional dog training organizations, Marni is consistently on the cutting edge of new dog training methods such as but not limited to: clicker training, target training, agility, rally, all levels of obedience, behavior modification as well as others.
Additionally, Marni is a certified American Kennel Club (AKC) Fit Dog Instructor, Temperament Test Evaluator and Title Recognition Program Evaluator. In this capacity she conducts classes to prepare people and dogs for various AKC Family Dog Programs such as: AKC Star Puppy, CGC, CGCA, CGC Ready for Shelter Dogs / Service Dogs, Trick Dogs, and Therapy Dog Title Recognition Programs.
Marni's dogs have earned titles in CGC, CGCA, CGCU, Rally, Agility, Therapy Dog, and Competition Obedience.
Cara Sandler, Agility Trainer
Cara graduated from the University of South Florida with degrees in psychology and wellness leadership. She has always loved animals and been fascinated by their motivation and behavior. Cara became interested in agility in 2013 because it seemed like a fun activity to do with her dogs. Her love for agility inspired her to continue the sport with her dogs while learning the technical aspects of being able to train and instruct others learning agility.
Cara is loved by two shelties, Spirit Joy and Skylar Faith. Spirit has earned titles in agility, rally obedience, lure coursing, tricks, CGC and CGCA (Canine Good Citizen Advanced). She even qualified for the 2018 AKC Rally National Championship!
Skylar has earned titles in agility, rally obedience, tricks, CGC and CGCA as well. She is currently training for therapy dog work and would like to work with children.
Cara is passionate about helping dogs and their handlers enjoy activities together. She feels that protecting a dog's confidence and helping them be successful should always be the most important endpoint in training.