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About Me

Savannah LeFors

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Hello! I’m Savannah LeFors and I have been training dogs since 2015!  I was the coordinator of Tallahassee Memorial’s Animal Therapy Department and I have been screening, training, evaluating, and managing over 180 therapy animal teams that visited the Big Bend region's healthcare facilities, nursing homes, and schools for over 2 years.  I also have experience assessing and training service dogs as part of an internship. 

 

I was raised in Saint Augustine, FL, and after moving away to get my degree in Tallahassee at Florida State, I realized my heart lives here!  I am excited and passionate to help the residents of the First Coast bond with their dogs and enjoy everything our amazing coast has to offer!  As a child of two Deaf parents, I am fluent in American Sign Language, so I am also thrilled to provide accessibility to dog training for all Deaf people as well! 

Although I have learned a lot via reading books, attending seminars, and training clients’ dogs, I have learned the most about dog training from my Australian Cattle Dog, Sydney.  Sydney is totally Deaf, so we do things a little differently!  I specialize in dog body language and have learned to think outside of the box to work with Sydney, and can apply my knowledge, skills, and research in science-based, positive reinforcement training to help with you and your dog's needs!

 

Certifications & Continuing Education

I think it is important to always be learning something new! 
Below are certifications and titles I hold, as well as seminars or webinars I've attended!

Certifications:

  • AKC Certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator 

  • AKC Certified Temperament Test Evaluator 

  • AKC Certified Trick Dog Evaluator 

  • AKC Certified STAR Puppy Evaluator 

  • AKC Certified Community Canine Evaluator 

  • Pet Professional Guild Canine Training Professional

  • Deaf Dogs Rock recommended trainer

  • Member of Florida Force-Free Veterinary Behavior and Trainer Network

  • Certified member and evaluator of Tallahassee Memorial Animal Therapy 

  • Member of Florida Courthouse Therapy Dogs program 

  • Member of Intermountain Therapy Animals R.E.A.D.® Program 

Seminars Attended: 

  • The CARE Protocol for Reactive Dogs, Jennifer Titus, 2021

  • Solutions for Working with Shy, Fearful, or Anxious Dogs, Kathy Cascade, PCT-A, 2021

  • Behavior Chain Fundamentals, Louise Stapleton-Frappell, PCBC-A, 2021 

  • Aggression Treatment and Context, Ken Ramirez, KPA CTP, 2020 

  • Speaking Dog! Canine Communication, Pamela Reid, Ph.D., CAAB, 2020 

  • Defensive Dog Handling, Trish McMillan Loehr, MSc, CDBC, ACCBC, CPDT-KA, 2020 

  • Building Resilience in Dogs, Patricia McConnell, PhD, CAAB, 2020 

  • Dog-to-Dog Reactivity: The Process of Shaping Emotional Self-Control,

Emma Parsons, BA, KPA CTP, APDT, CDBC, 2020 

  • Reactive Dog Games, Emma Parsons, BA, KPA CTP, APDT, CDBC, 2020 

  • Remote Consultations for Aggression Cases, Michael Shikashio, CDBC, 2020

  • Re-thinking Puppy Socialization, Chirag Patel BSc, CPBC, AAB, 2020

  • Introducing Highly Reactive and Aggressive Dogs, Ken Ramirez, KPA CTP, 2020

  • Tools and Emotions in Training, Cliff Erhardt, 2020

  • Foundations of Agility, Dudley Shumate Fontaine, 2019 

  • Creative Solutions to Common Problems, Pam Dennison, CDBC, CWRI, 2019 

  • Teach the Leash, Pam Dennison, CDBC, CWRI, 2019 

  • Growing Up Tasty: Spice Up Your Training, Dudley Shumate Fontaine, 2018 

  • The Bite-O-Meter, Sue Sternberg, 2018 

  • Understanding Sociability, Sue Sternberg, 2018 

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Savannah (far right) pictured with her colleagues who run the Animal Therapy department at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. Animal therapy is a healing modality used in an array of settings to improve physical and emotional health.

 
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Savannah and her deaf Cattle Dog Sydney compete in various dog sports together. Pictured above is Sydney running FastCAT- a 100 yard dash for dogs! 
Savannah and Sydney also enjoy dock diving, sheep herding, flyball, nosework, bike riding, trick training, and competition obedience, but their favorite is agility!