Rhonda Langille is a Government Certified Master Dog Trainer.
"Master Trainers" have the knowledge and skills to successfully train any dog to any level of service.
Gained certification from Canada West Canine Center-School of Professional Dog Trainers. This school is the first school of Dog Trainers to be registered with the Private Post Secondary Education Commission of British Columbia and is recognized by Service Canada.
To give you a better understanding of who I am and what I do, please let me introduce myself. My name is Rhonda Langille (here is a personal story about how I got into dog training) and I am the Founder and Senior Trainer of Therapeutic Medical Alert Service Dogs. (TMA Service Dogs). I am a Certified Master Trainer and Canine Behavior Specialist.
One of my specialties is training Service Dogs to help improve the functional capabilities of persons with physical challenges and/ or individuals living with mental illness, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
I am dedicated to those I work with because I am passionate about helping others to help themselves to lead productive lives and healthy lifestyles.
- Trained and educated dogs for over 35 years, private and classes
- Groomed dogs for over 25 years.
- Rehabilitated behavior problems in dogs for over 35 years.
- Educated working service dogs for over 20 years
- Public and Motivational Speaker
- Mobility Task-helper- dogs for wheelchair bound individuals,
- Signal-dogs for the deaf and hearing impaired,
- Mental Health Service Dogs- for individuals who suffer from mental illness,
- Medical Alert- for various unique physical and chemical challenges. As well as peanut and chemical sensitivities.
- Autism Service Dog – Assistance Dog that is trained to alert its handler of certain behaviors so that the handler may keep these behaviors to a minimum.
- Seizure Alert Dog - Assistant Dog that alerts its handler to oncoming seizures and is trained to respond to those seizures.
- Seizure Response Dog – Assistance Dog that responds to its handler after a seizure has occurred by helping and or getting help from others.
- Scent detection - Ill legal and legal substances,
- Protection – all levels
- Insect detection
- Attended many seminars from well-respected professional dog trainers over the years. Received private lessons from: Charles "Chuck" Eisenmann. Trainer of the seven dogs used in the 1960 series "Littlest Hobo".
- Featured on Land and Sea educating a service dog puppy. One of my mobility dogs working as a task helper dogs was featured as well.
- Featured in many newspapers and magazine articles.
- Educated Timi, the Wonder Dog, who responded to over 110 vocal commands and 95 hand signals, and who performed in Fairs and Exhibitions around Nova Scotia. Timi was also viewed on TV commercials.
- Participated in Canadian Kennel Club Trails and Shows
- Published Author – "Trained Dogs Make Good Citizens" – An overview of how to teach good behavior to a pet. This book covers how to interact with your dog to ensure you have a happy, well-adjusted pet that you can be very proud of. Topics include: how to groom, trim nails, and teach obedience. The book also focuses on teaching tricks that both the pet owner and the dog enjoy. This is the fun stuff that brings a true sense of how well a dog can be taught to listen as well as a high level of obedience. "Trained Dogs Make Good Citizens" also has a section that shows how the bond of love between dog and his best friend, his owner, can not only be a unique friendship but how the dog has risen to the call of being a hero by alerting to danger and protecting, and saving lives in treacherous situations.
- Workshop presenter and invited to present lectures on service dogs to groups, organizations, business, and schools.
- Have a close affiliation with the Nova Scotia Branch of the Canadian Paraplegic Association. Invited to speak at the Canadian Paraplegic Association for their annual convention at the World Trade and Convention Center in Halifax.
- Presented children with the opportunity to discover what a Service Dog is and why this dog is beneficial to a challenged individual.
- Presented children with the opportunity to discover and experience hands- on programs teaching bite prevention.
- Facilitate programs teaching empathy through the use of dogs to youth at risk authorized under the Justice System.
- Designed, participate in animal assisted programs for children with physical and challenges and families living with mental illness.
- The Canadian Foundation for Animal Assisted Support Services
- In conjunction with CFAASS – Member of the North American Advisory Committee for Wounded Soldiers, Member of Operation Wounded Soldiers
- International Association of Assistance Dog Partners