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Rick and Heather Dillender are the owners of A Fresh Perspective Dog Training in Albuquerque, NM. They specialize in behavioral rehabilitation for severe problems such as fear, aggression, neurotic fixations, hyper-activity and other negative issues. They have also adapted their methods to a unique system for teaching individuals to self-train service animals for many forms of disabilities, including both combat and non-combat PTSD and traumatic brain injuries, epilepsy, autism, mobility needs, diabetes, and other forms of cognitive and physical impairment. Their system is capable of rehabilitating behavior to allow for dogs to be taken directly from shelters and rescues and with just a few months of training be put into work as service animals.
Rick and Heather provide training and support for a wide variety of no-kill animal shelters and rescues in their area, and have developed programs for shelters that allow for rehabilitation of behavior in dogs on a large scale. They have also trained therapy dogs for a number of programs including childrens' literacy, classroom education and visiting assisted living facilities. In addition to their individual clients they are active lecturers about their methods and approach and they offer an instructor training program and certifications in their system.
Before devoting themselves to working with dogs full time Rick worked for several years as an educator and administrator in post-secondary vocational education colleges and Heather worked as a certified workplace and family conflict mediator. Rick and Heather currently live in Rio Rancho, NM with their adopted daughter and several dogs, including their two service animals.