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Peter Ionno has extensive experience, having worked with service dogs, search-and-rescue dogs, shelter dogs, and also pets. He has socialized puppies, and completed the basic obedience training of numerous German Shepherd dogs that have been successfully placed as working guide dogs throughout the United States and England.

Peter has two dogs of his own, a German Shepherd and a Pit Bull. He’s currently training the Shepherd for search work. The Pit Bull, before Peter rescued him, was nearly euthanized, having been condemned as un-socializable and aggressive by several. There were no shelters willing to take him. Peter adopted him, and he is now a friendly, well-adjusted, and beloved pet.

In the past, Peter has volunteered at several different shelters. In this capacity, he has trained a wide variety of breeds from a wide variety of backgrounds. He has been able to help the shelter dogs using positive reinforcement training which has improved their potential for adoption and their ability to stay in their new home. Peter has a disability specialist degree, and has also trained shelter dogs to perform various service-related tasks.

Peter helps clients use the positive techniques he has implemented with the shelter dogs so that they, too, can realize the benefits with their own dogs.

Terry Lachance is an honors graduate of the Animal Behavior College.

Ms. Lachance has been volunteering her time at the Connecticut Humane Society and has been instrumental in the success of many adopted dogs.

She is a master at teaching dog tricks.  She and her canine companion, Lacey, amaze and delight all who are fortunate to see them "perform".

Ms. Lachance also teaches special needs individuals with various disabilities and challenges on how to train their dogs to be more compatible in a home setting.

Ms. Lachance, as an experienced photographer and long-time featured artist in Connecticut, is now the Pet Photographer for Pet Education and Therapy offering portraits to owners to create lasting memories of their pets.

Joanne started her career 18 years go when she apprenticed with a shelter dog trainer. After a short time, she became a behavior specialist for that shelter which resulted in a 16 year career in shelter behavior.

Joanne has always been very interested in working dogs and has pursued training in search and rescue, detection and dog sports with her own dogs. She has come to believe through her evolution as a trainer that a positive approach to training leads to a stronger relationship and more enjoyable experience between people AND their dogs. Joanne's experience with shelter behavior, pet dog training and working dog training gives her a very well rounded, holistic approach to training and consulting.

Joanne currently shares her home with 2 Dutch Shepherd / Belgian Malinois mixes (Hexa and Azeri) which are trained in detection and dog sports, Hank a Coonhound mix, and Olive a Border Terrier mix.

Ashley interned with Pet Education and Therapy while she was attending college to be a (human) teacher.  As an elementary school teacher, Ashley is uniquely qualified to work with children, to understand their needs and to help them understand the best way to share their life with their new best friend.

Upon graduation from college, Ashley focused on her second love of dog training.  She quickly completed her internship much to the delight of the Pet Education and Therapy staff, the customers and the dogs she has helped.

Ashley shares her life with her beautiful and independent American Eskimo, Misty.

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Upcoming Special Events

Sunday, 6 Jan 2019
Time: 04:00 pm - 04:45 pm
Location: CT Humane Society (Newington)

Thursday, 17 Jan 2019
Time: 08:00 pm - 08:45 pm
Location: CT Humane Society (Newington)

Monday, 28 Jan 2019
Time: 08:00 pm - 08:45 pm
Location: CT Humane Society (Newington)

Saturday, 2 Feb 2019
Time: 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Location: CT Humane Society (Newington)

Wednesday, 20 Feb 2019
Time: 07:15 pm - 08:00 pm
Location: The Simon Foundation (Bloomfield)

Wednesday, 20 Feb 2019
Time: 06:30 pm - 07:15 pm
Location: The Simon Foundation (Bloomfield)

Wednesday, 20 Feb 2019
Time: 08:00 pm - 08:45 pm
Location: The Simon Foundation (Bloomfield)


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Quote of the Day

I once decided not to date a guy because he wasn't excited to meet my dog. I mean, this was like not wanting to meet my mother. -Bonnie Schacter -Founder of the Single Pet Owner's Society Singles Group