Karen Kelley~ K9 Training & Behavioral Consulting - About Karen
Karen Kelley - Balance Through Understanding
About Karen
I believe that no breed of dog is born with issues but rather develops issues. My standards are based on the belief that no dog should ever be physically abused or have cruelty inflicted upon them as a form of correction. If we use the appropriate forms of correction and act as our dogs calm stable leader than we will gain the trust and respect of our dogs. In gaining trust and respect our dogs will naturally want to follow us: then we can give them all the love they deserve. I believe this is the basis for any loving relationship human or canine. I believe also that by using dog psychology we are able to better understand a dogs true issues and therefore able to help them to move forward.
 
 
 
Karen Kelley is a real world behaviorist whose approach is based on the belief that no dog is born with issues. She has been working with dogs for the past 16 years and has found that dogs need a stable, balanced leader who can provide structure, appropriate discipline and exercise.  Karen has worked with a variety of dogs that has included mixed breeds, great danes, yorkshire terriers, poodles, pitbulls, rottweilers, and german shepherds. Her experience in working with many breeds of dogs has taught her that problem behaviors are not specific to any particular breed, but to dogs as a species. Karen believes that no dog should ever be condemned without being given the opportunity to be rehabilitated.
 
Karen volunteers her services when needed to assist both shelter and rescue dogs in their rehabilitation towards becoming a more adoptable pet. She has developed a shelter rehabilitation program to assist staff and volunteers in their efforts to help more dogs.
Karen is a published author and has appeared in the "Shane and Sharon" episode of Confessions:Animal Hoarding on Animal Planet as a behavioral consultant. In 2015, Karen opened Cynder Creek Animal Rescue and Sanctuary Inc, as part of her continuing pasion to help dgs. Cynder Creek takes mostly pitbull tyoe dogs and often takes dogs deemd not adoptabl by shelters. Using her many years of experience Karen helps these dogs to become moel citizens and find their forever homes.
 
Karen currently shares her life with a pack of 8 rescued dogs.
While most of my work is for private clients, I am sometimes asked to assess a dog for court, this is Norman, he was deemed "dangerous" after attacking and killing another dog. He was set to possibly be euthanized if he was found to be aggressive. I was asked to assess him for court and tesify on his behalf. This is the photo taken the day of court as he is being sent home with his mom and dad. While Norman still has some hurdles to overcome, and is not an aggressive dog, he is still listed as "dangerous"within the city. However that designbation did not cost him his life, and he will live many more happy days with his family outside the city. I am adding this case to my website, because it truly does speak to the work I do, and my belief that no dog is born aggressive.
 











Working With Karen Are:

Rose Klein: 
Brining with her a great love for dogs, Rose also bring many years of experience with her as a Positive Reinforcemnet Trainer and Training Instructor. Rose's passion for teaching owners and their canine companions has brought her from her training years at Petco to working with our group classes in Florida. Rose is the Training Director as well as one of the Co-Founders of Cynder Creek 's Second Chances Facility in Northern Florida. Rose lives with her current pack of 6 dogs, voluteering her training to help the dogs at Cynder Creek Animal Rescue's Second Chances Facility in Jefferson County, Florida.
 
Catrina Bateman:
Bringing a knowledge of dogs and rural rescue to us as our Transport driver, Catrina has worked in the rescue community for many years doing rural rescue and helping the underdogs in many small shelters. Saving lives is what she does best, as she spends her "day job" as an EMT. We welcome Catrina to our staff and trust many dogs will be safely transported to their new rescues and forever homes with her at the wheel.