We are so happy to have trainer and behaviorist Meryl Cohen join Refined K-9. Meryl grew up riding and training horses. It was her passion for being surrounded by animals that inspired her to adopt her first rescue dogs, Cooper and Zoe. Although Cooper was well mannered from day one, Zoe had been kept chained up for most of her life and was defensive around other dogs. With the help of Cooper, Meryl started the process of rehabilitating Zoe. Through balanced training and applying what she learned studying animal science at Cal Poly State University with the principles that made her successful training horses, Meryl helped Zoe grow into a well-adjusted dog.
Meryl ran two successful dog-training businesses, Bully and Friends Canine Training and From the Heart Dog Training. She’s worked with hundreds of dogs from almost every breed and with almost every possible behavior issue. The Humane Society for Greater Savannah in Savannah, Georgia, enlisted Meryl to develop temperament testing and kennel enrichment programs. She also worked with Chatham County Animal Services to evaluate dogs rescued from dog-fighting busts and cruelty situations. She was selected to be a mentor trainer at the Animal Behavior College and an American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.
Meryl has been training dogs since 2010. She received a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Cal Poly State University in 2010, and continues to develop her skills and expertise. She and her working dog, Marco, currently train with California Working Dog Club and All Canine Working Dog Club for competitive IPO. They also train with Gold Country Pet Resort and Training for competitions in dock diving, and barn hunt. Meryl and Marco have trained with Julien Ryckenbusch and plan to train with him again later this year (2018). The pair also competes in FCAT where Macro placed second in the U.S. clocking in at 28.10 seconds!
Meryl specializes in working with bully breeds and powerful working dogs on behavior modification, leash reactivity, aggression, and foundation training for puppies. She has trained rescue dogs to be service animals in Savannah, Georgia and the Bay Area for a myriad of medical conditions including PTSD and autism, as well as for skills such as item retrieval, physical bracing, and mobility support.