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Leaps & Hounds is based out of San Rafael, CA and is owned and operated by Aryn Hervel.

Aryn began training dogs at age 14, as a volunteer puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Since then, she has worked with service dogs, and trained dogs with serious behavior problems as well as pet dogs of all ages and breeds.

Aryn is active in many dog-related activities. You can read more about her accomplishments here.

Aryn is certified as a Trainer and Behavior Counselor through the Dog Training Academy at the San Francisco SPCA, also known as the "Harvard of dog training schools," with Honors. She was among the first wave of trainers nationally to become a Certified Pet Dog Trainer through the CCPDT, the international testing and certification resource for animal training and behavior professionals. She is a longtime member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

Because continuing education is so important in the world of dog training and behavior, Aryn attends many lectures and conferences. Here is a select list of some of the events she attended:

*Train on the Cutting Edge with Pamela Reid, Ph.D.
*Clicker Expo, Berkeley
*Diagnosing Treating Separation Anxiety with Malena DeMartini-Price
*Annual APDT Educational Conference
*Seeing Eye to Eye with Your Dog, with Steve White
*Aggression: In Depth, with John Rogers
*Using tricks to train behaivor problems, with Donna Duford
*Alpha Bitch Conference, with Trish King and Patricia McConnell
*Choose to Heel, with Dawn Jecs
*Canine Nosework Instructor Certification program
...and others!