Welcome to Loose Leashes Dog Training
About Dana Conway
Passionate. Patient. Persistent. Pet-lover. These are just a few of the characteristics that describe me. I know each animal is different, and I’ll work with yours to give them the specific guidance they need. Whether you’re thinking about getting an animal, have a new pet, or already own a pet with behavioral problems, I am here to help.
I have been rescuing dogs since I was 10 years old when we found a mama cat with babies in our yard and we contacted the local rescue to help us. That was the beginning of my life in the animal rescue world. Long story short, my mother became the president of that rescue and I helped her for the majority of my adolescence until adulthood with both cats and dogs (although dogs were always more of my thing!) when I moved to Florida and started rescue here. First I volunteered at the Humane Society where I worked with the most unadoptable dogs that had no manners at all and were aggressive. Then I volunteered at Second Chance Rescue, did the same there, and I have been a huge part of Sophie's Circle for 5 years now. Basically my entire life has revolved around dogs, and the most troubled ones were always the ones I wanted to work with most, because seeing the light just go off in their head is simply invaluable.
"Mental exercise tires a dog physically more than physical exercise does."
Bad Dog Good Dog
Years ago I had an idea to write a children's book to educate children that there are no bad dogs, but only dogs that need training. With the help of good friends the book came to be and is now published. All proceeds go to the rescue that I am highly involved with, Sophie's Circle. I am lucky enough to read my book to different schools along with my dog Lesh, the main character who was a rescue that I rehabilitated and trained.
About the book:
Lesh and Lucy both find a home, but what makes the difference between a "bad dog" and a "good dog"? Only time will tell. This delightful children's book shows that there are no bad dogs, just dogs that have not been trained.
The story is based on the 2 dogs below, Jessie on the left (who in the book is called Lucy) and Lesh on the right. Both of these dogs were rescues from Sophie's Circle and both had MAJOR behavioral and fear issues when I took them in, with proper training they have become the best dogs ever and I love them more than words can say.