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Dani Rouse, Kansas City's Dog Listener

Dani Rouse Holland , the PURE Dog Listener of K9 Instincts LLC, is the Kansas City Dog Training and Behavior Specialist first Accredited PURE Dog Listener in North America. She is also the principal trainer for Western Missouri Correctional Center’s Puppies for Parole program.

Dani has spent several years fostering dogs for shelters and rescue groups. She found a book on dog listening while fostering. She liked the humane, non-confrontational techniques and ability to not use force, cruel gadgets, or drugs when working with dogs. She started applying these techniques to her companion and foster dogs.

She credits dog listening with enabling her to rescue an abandoned pack of dogs that had been left alone for about 5 months. This canine pack of a mom and 3 pups had been surviving on their own and were leery of human contact. By using dog listening techniques, Dani and another rescuer were able to gain their trust and rescue them in 2 weekends! All of these dogs were adopted into their forever homes!

After this successful rescue, Dani investigated dog listening techniques in depth and traveled to the United Kingdom to receive her Foundation and Advanced Certificates in Canine Communication. She is the first Accredited PURE Dog Listener from the USA with Pure Dog Listeners Ltd. (PDL) of the United Kingdom.

Since 2010, Dani has been the principal trainer at Western Missouri Correctional Center (WMCC) for Missouri Puppies for Parole, a Missouri Department of Corrections program where the Missouri’s correctional centers partner with local rescue groups and shelters to help dogs find their "furever” homes. Dani trains the offenders to use PURE Dog Listening (PDL) and WMCC is the first prison to use PDL. WMCC currently has the largest program in the state with over 24 dogs being trained at the same time and has adopted out 160+ dogs as of May, 2013. The entire state of Missouri has adopted over 1600+ dogs as of May, 2013.

Dani’s Interview May 30, 2013 — PURE Dog Listening and Missouri Puppies for Parole

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