I grew up outside of New York City and from my earliest years had what could only be described as an obsession with dogs. My family recognized this love of animals and encouraged me to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine. I attended college at Cornell University, a world renowned leader in animal science developments. I began in their pre-vet program, but quickly realized I wasn't cut out for it. I was much better at working with dogs than having to work on them so I changed my focus to animal behavior. After graduating in 1999, I moved to Asheville, NC and joined the Dog Training In Your Home family. My wife, Bekah, and I settled outside of Asheville on several acres with a rapidly growing pack of dogs. It started innocently enough with each of us having one dog; Occi, a 10 year old Rottweiler/Husky mix and Ophelia, an 11year old Rottweiler. Because Bekah and I are both big proponents of rescuing needy dogs we have since added five more dogs to our pack. Our pack of seven is a varied mix of misfits. The third member is Kylie a German Shepherd who I first saw while working with a client in her backyard. Kylie spent the first 10 months of her life tied to a tree. I approached her owners and after some thought and discussion and an exchange of $50.00 I purchased Kylie and neither of us have looked back since. Our next rescue was Jade, a Rottweiler/Pit Bull mix who came to us from Dr. Heather Sinclair at Haw Creek Animal Hospital. Dr.Sinclair had rescued Jade from an abusive home. She and members of her staff had tried fostering Jade themselves, but after a year of effort they couldn't get her to stop biting people. Knowing my experience working with aggressive dogs, Dr. Sinclair contacted me and asked for help. If we weren't able to help, she feared she would have to euthanize Jade as she was too dangerous to adopt out. I am proud to report that Jade has been without incident now for more than one and a half years (and has become Kylie's best friend). Rescue number three was Potato, a Chihuahua who weighed 15 pounds when we brought her home. She was round and brown and she looked surprisingly like……well…….a Potato. Now she is down to a healthy weight of 6-7 pounds and although physically she might be the smallest, in attitude she fits in just fine with the pack. Rex is next on our list. Our second German Shepherd, he was found running down the side of a road one weekend in the spring of 2007. Badly infested with worms and malnourished we took him in. As it turned out, Rex also had problems with aggression and separation anxiety. Still a work in progress, Rex has made huge strides and continues to improve. Finally, we come to Stinky so named for her lovely odor when we found her!: A Lab mix, she was another stray found on the side of the road. Being treated for heartworm and kennel cough and you guessed it AGGRESSION, she fit right in with our pack. At the time of this report we are holding steady at seven dogs, but check back soon as you can never tell with me and Bekah. Having so many of our own dogs has given me plenty of opportunities to practice my training techniques and test my knowledge. All of our rescues came with their own set of problem behaviors, but with training they have become wonderful dogs.
After seven years with the company, I own two Dog Training In Your Home franchises and have had a hand in starting a few others. Being part of a franchise allows me to confer with other professional trainers on a regular basis, giving me a network of support and knowledge I wouldn't have working on my own. I do most of the training in my areas of Asheville, NC and Knoxville, TN. I am a strong supporter of a balanced approach to training, combining positive and negative reinforcement. Although I believe it is important to be firm at times, it is equally important to be positive when training your dog. I focus on teaching dogs what behaviors we want them to do, not just what they shouldn't do. I am always reading new training books and watching training shows and videos in an attempt to keep the information I can provide to my clients as current and varied as possible. There are many different ways of teaching both humans and dogs and I want to make use of whatever can be most effective for my clients rather than what is the newest fad. Call our offices and let me show you that I am passionate about helping all people LEARN TO SPEAK DOG!! Todd Slepakoff Asheville, NC
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Dog Training In Your Home was established in 1989 in Charlotte North Carolina. We also offer training in the Asheville area. Our in home dog training philosophy is simple. We teach your dog to be a well behaved family member. In many cases your dogs home environment is enabling bad behavior. Your dog's home is the most logical place for training. Our services in Asheville are designed to make training fun for you and your dog. Give us a call today to schedule your free evaluation.