Sue Rusnak | Sirius Dog Training

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Sue Rusnak

Sue had always wanted a dog growing up but her mom always said “I already have too many animals, we don’t need a dog”. See there were 6 kids in her family. Only later did Sue find out that her mother was actually scared of dogs after being bit by one as a child. Though dog ownership came later in life, Sue didn’t have her own first dog until in her late 20’s, she always seemed to be around other people’s dogs, taking care of them and noticing the special bonds created between people and their dogs. Something very different than the experience her mother had, something she knew she wanted to experience someday.

Sue went to college at Southern Connecticut State University and studied recreation. She worked with youth for many years until moving to California in 2000. In 2003 wanting a career change and at the time having cats with medical issues and a special needs dog, Sue realized their was a need for pet care for her special furry family members and this started her journey into the world of pet sitting and dog walking. At the same time she started working part time with a local trainer to gain more knowledge which she could pass on to her pet sitting and dog walking clients. This lit a spark in Sue and she attended the SFSPCA Academy for Dog Trainers and earned her Certificate in Training and Counseling. She hasn’t looked back since. Sue loves seeing the connection people have with their dogs and thinks communication with them is key to living successful together.

Sue currently shares her home with a very sweet Catahoula named Missee, who is deaf and vision impaired along with 3 cats - one of which she has trained to sit and plays fetch with. Sue and Missee love heading out for hiking and beach excursions, puppy play dates and they recently started participating in Nose Work.

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Available classes

Class info Location Day Time Start Sign Up
Dog I Palo Alto Tuesday 7:30pm Jul 16
Puppy II Palo Alto Saturday 11:00am Jul 20
Puppy II Palo Alto Saturday 11:00am Jul 27
Puppy II Palo Alto Saturday 11:00am Aug 3
Puppy II Palo Alto Saturday 11:00am Aug 10
Dog I Palo Alto Tuesday 7:30pm Aug 13
Puppy II Palo Alto Saturday 11:00am Aug 17
Puppy II Palo Alto Saturday 11:00am Aug 24
Puppy II Palo Alto Saturday 11:00am Sep 7