Linda Cree - Dodgeville, WI, USA
Diabetes Alert Dog Training for: WI
Linda learned about dog grooming, dog showing, and dog training from her beloved mother, who was a breeder of AKC registered Collies. Linda's passion for dogs came as a result of her Mother tutelage!
Linda served in the United States Air Force from 1987 to 1994, on active duty as a Medical Service Specialist. She married, acquired two dogs, and had two kids while in the military. After her children were born, she left the Military and operated a home daycare for 6 years. She also returned to school to become an RN. Her husband decided he wanted a divorce, so Linda completed nursing school as a single parent.Shortly after graduating, Linda remarried and obtained two more dogs. She started boarding dogs for friends and family, and realized that her nursing career was getting in the way of her dog boarding business. She decided she had to pick one or the other, and knew that her heart was with the dogs. Linda put her nursing career on the back burner and started BFF Dog Training (Best Friends Forever Dog Training).
Linda attended the prestigious National K9 Learning Center in Columbus, Ohio and earned their Certified Professional Trainer Certification. Two years after starting BFF, Lily Grace, owner, of the National Institute of Diabetic Alert Dogs (NIDAD) called to see if Linda was interested in training Diabetic Alert Service Dogs (DADs as they are now known) Linda had never heard of DADs, and thought Lily Grace was joking. After doing some research, Linda realized that this would be a great way to help others, (which is why she went into Nursing), and that she could combine her love of nursing and love of dog training to have the best of both worlds!
In 2012, Linda learned how to teach glucose level scenting to dogs; how to collect and store samples of saliva for training; and public access skills needed to set the dog up to be successful in alerting. She has been training DADs ever since. To enhance her knowledge, she has attended workshops with Debby Kay and Brent Brooks, two other well-known DAD trainers. Linda also began teaching other Dog Trainers to train DADs, and then decided to write this book to help individuals train their dogs at home.
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