Dogs, like humans, should learn basic life skills and Trinity Pierce leads the pack with grace.
“It’s important because it teaches your dog to tell right from wrong. I see a lot of dogs getting out of control because dogs don’t know any better how to jump on you. A dog won’t know this isn’t right, so you have to teach them,” said Pierce, a certified dog trainer THE STAR On Wednesday.
Although her love for animals blossomed at a young age, Pierce found her calling at age 13 when she began volunteering at a “dog shelter” in Virginia, where she currently resides. The 19-year-old, who is of Jamaican descent, realized there was more to dog grooming than just “sitting on them and watching them.”
“I used to watch a lot of TV and see people training their dogs. When I first started working at the shelter, I had them [the animals] doing simple things like sitting down or lying down, just things like that. But then I started working on my craft with my own animals,” she said. To improve her skills, she became certified by taking an online course.
According to Pierce, dog training involves patience, consistency, and repetition. Those three components, she said, guarantee great results and well-trained, intelligent dogs.
“I taught my dog how to jump through a hoop, how to shake my hand, how to high-five, how to spin in circles, how to weave [go through her legs] and I taught my dog how to bow,” Pierce said.
Considering that there is a viable market for dog trainers citing the fact that there are more pet owners in Jamaica. The best part about dog training Pierce is seeing the results. She recognized that while dog training can be fun, it can also be frustrating when you don’t see the results.
“[When] You teach your dog a new trick and you see the result, it’s really amazing. Your dog could walk as it was, say as if maybe your dog was aggressive, and then take your dog on that journey that growth is probably the most heartwarming thing you can feel. It’s a blissful moment even for the dog,” the 19-year-old, of Jamaican descent, told the news team.
Her future plans are to enroll in a university to study veterinary science.