Pack Walk 2012 Profiles- Keri Allard, Worcester, MA
By Melissa Levine
Fourteen years ago, Worcester, MA native Keri Allard left her career after 22 years as an Administrative Secretary and has never looked back. Keri says her life changed after watching the very first episode of The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan. “When I watched it for the first time, I said, I can do that. I’ve always had a gift with dogs, but Cesar reminded me of my gift that wasn’t being used.” Keri is now a certified dog trainer, specializing in in-home behavior modification. She is also the leader of her own dog pack and will be travelling nearly 500 miles from her home in Templeton, MA to Washington D.C to be a part of this year’s 2nd annual National Family Pack Walk. We asked Keri a few questions about her walk.
Why did you decide to join the Pack Walk?
I figured Cesar was involved and it’s only an 8-hour drive. I am behind him (Cesar), in every way. He’s changed my life. I’m finally doing what I want to do, which is working with dogs, helping people and their dogs. I feel like I have Cesar to thank!
I’m bringing three of my dog pack to the Pack Walk in Washington, DC and I am really looking forward to it. I can’t wait to be around all the dog people. I can “talk dog” all day and never be bored!
Tell us about your pack.
I have five dogs in my care: Odie, a four year old mini Dachshund/Poodle mix, Emme a six year old Shihtzu, Hugo a 7 year old Basset Hound that I am fostering, Walter a five year old English Cocker Spaniel, and Belle my two year old English Setter.
How have Cesar’s Methods worked for you?
Cesar is my idol, my mentor. His philosophy on dog psychology is really what has helped me in working with dogs. Learning his way of thinking, as opposed to the more traditional way of thinking about dogs, was huge. It has helped me physically and mentally. It’s helped me to live in the moment. It’s made me a better person and it has made my dogs better dogs.
As a dog trainer, Cesar’s methods have given me so much more confidence when I go into a home with an aggressive dog: calm and assertive energy and no talk, no touch, no eye contact. That’s what Cesar taught me and that’s what I always practice.
Why should others get involved?
Scooby-Doo and Cesar’s National Family Pack Walk is a great way to get out and exercise, which is good for you and great for your dogs. One of my biggest hurdles with my clients is getting people to walk their dogs. It’s sad. It should be so simple. This is a way for us to come together and unite as a pack. So I encourage and challenge you all to come out and walk with me!