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Leigh & Miss Alabama, CGC

Leigh & Miss Alabama, CGC

Leigh Sansone, Esq., CPDT-KSA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge & Skills Assessed), PMCT (Pat Miller Certified Trainer), of Ruff Customers Dog Training,SM is one of the south’s top dog trainers. After 15 years as a successful Manhattan attorney, Leigh left the law to focus on working with dogs and learning the most effective, modern, and humane methods of training and behavior modification (definition). She has studied with world-renowned animal trainers and behavior consultants such as Bob Bailey, ScD, Sue Sternberg, Parvene Farhoody, MA, Pia Silvani, CPDT-KA, CDBC, Pat Miller, CPDT-KA, CDBC, John Rogerson, and Suzanne Clothier. Leigh has been serving a three year term as a Director for the prestigious Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers, the independent national certifying body for dog trainers and behavior consultants. Her term began July 1, 2016. And, most recently, Leigh has moved from NYC to Atlanta, where she will continue to serve dogs and their people by working with the ASPCA as a professional behavior responder for animals in need around the country.
Click here for Leigh’s resume, including the intensive training courses and seminars that she has attended.

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Leigh is full-time dog trainer and behavior consultant, working with dogs who have fear and aggression-related behavior issues. She works privately with owners to teach basic obedience, and teaches the occasional obedience and tricks classes for puppies and dogs. Leigh has trained multiple species including horses (in her youth), chickens, and a rat.

Leigh has twin goals: first, to train dogs and their people while making the learning process enjoyable, and second, to show that you don’t need to use outdated, force-based training methods (definition) to train dogs properly.Good Dog Allie And she is reaching her goals by getting her message out in media and from client to client. In March of 2010, Leigh received the great honor of being published by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) in their book, "Top Tips from Top Trainers," a book of training tips from the country’s leading dog trainers and behavior consultants. Leigh is the moderator of two internet training groups on LinkedIn, including Positive Dog Training Professionals, and has been a contributing writer for NearSay New York and West Side Rag. You can follow Leigh and Ruff Customers on Twitter and on FaceBook. For more than three years, Leigh was also the senior Manhattan trainer for animal-assisted therapy (click for definition) organization The Good Dog Foundation. Her dog, Allie, and Leigh volunteered for Good Dog for several years while living in Manhattan.

Leigh’s most recent canine companion was certified therapy dog “Miss Alabama, CGC,” named in honor of Leigh’s southern roots. Allie, a 60-pound mixed breed (a real designer original!), enjoyed eating meat, chasing squirrels, and vacationing at the beach where she chased crabs (the beach-y equivalent of squirrels). She and Leigh were a certified therapy dog team with The Good Dog Foundation. And, Allie earned her keep, helping Leigh work with aggressive dogs to teach them better communication skills! Miss Alabama, CGC, died after a short battle with a brachial nerve sheath tumor, in November, 2017. She is missed, but her contributions to helping other dogs in need live on. Training should be fun for you AND for your dog just as it was for Allie and Leigh; training with Ruff Customers IS fun. Best of all, fun, positive training will build an enjoyable life-long relationship between you and your canine companion.

At Ruff Customers, we don’t use fear or pain, we use our brains to train!

Watch Leigh clicker-training a beginning stage “Touch” (hand targeting) with Leo the shy Poodle.

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Watch here to see several of the chickens Leigh trained run an obstacle course.

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