Barbara Lewis has owned and operated Listen Up Pup canine training center the past forty years, where classes are offered to puppies and adult dogs on basic manners, agility, tricks, Canine Good Citizen, and reactive dog class. Listen Up Pup also offers a free behavior hotline to the community. Prior to starting A New Leash on Life, Inc., Barbara Lewis was the Oklahoma Field Instructor for a national Service Dog training agency for sixteen years. Barbara is a certified member of National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors and a Professional Member of Association of Pet Dog Trainers.
Brenda Spink serves as our Volunteer Coordinator, handling all inquiries and scheduling for Therapy Dog visits, and other activities of the volunteers. Brenda’s excellent organizational skills make her perfect for this job.
Puppy Raiser Coordinator
Geraldine Cummings enables future Service Dogs to be raised by volunteers until they are approximately fourteen months of age. During this time, Geraldine makes sure the volunteers have everything they need, and the pups are receiving necessary training. Having raised a Service Dog, Geraldine understands the needs of the volunteers.
Jonathan Cox completed our three-year apprentice training program, teaches dog training classes at Pontotoc Technical Center in Ada, and offers private instruction, boarding, and training as the owner of Buckaroos Retrievers & Retreats in Paul’s Valley. His experience in the boarding kennel business is an asset to the dogs he handles for our agency, and he serves as one of the instructors in both our classes and in our prison program.
Geraldine Cummings became a puppy raiser in 2012 and completed our three-year apprentice training program to become a volunteer final phase trainer. A native of France, she is also an interpreter and part-time teacher. Her hobbies include long walks and horseback riding. She shares her life with a husband, daughter, pet dog, pet cat, four chickens, and Clara, a young lab who helps A New Leash on Life, Inc. educate the public about service dogs.
Shelia Ford began as a Puppy Raiser and completed our three-year apprentice training program. Shelia’s involvement with her children’s activities gives her the opportunity to put the final-phase training for Service Dogs to the test of many distractions.
Brenda Spink is responsible for the training, certification, and scheduling of almost 150 volunteer therapy teams making over 1,000 visits to more than 30,000 Oklahomans annually. She also coordinates A New Leash on Life, Inc.’s classroom training, provides weekly training and support for Inmate trainers, and makes educational presentations throughout the community. Brenda’s passion is to educate the public on the benefits and best practices of improving lives through canine contact.
Michelle Traw began training dogs for Therapy Dog work. Her background as a teacher for special needs children helped in the development of our Therapy Dog training program. She is also one of our prison dog trainers and a Service Dog Puppy Raiser.
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