Ruff to Ready Dog Training
Founded by Amanda Lunsford
Multi-Certified Behavior Consultant and Dog Trainer
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.“Albert Einstein
About Amanda Lunsford
Who am I? Why am I here? All those deep questions and stuff!
Hello folks! So, you’ve stumbled upon my humble little corner of the internet. You’re probably wondering, “Who is this charismatic dog whisperer, and why should I listen to her?”
Allow me to quench your curiosity.
Born with a love for animals and a particular soft spot for rescue dogs, I spent my childhood surrounded by an array of adorable critters. Life led me down the road of sales and leadership, but it wasn’t my true calling. That became clear when in 2019, I temporarily lost my voice, and guess what? I bailed on the world of business sales and took a flying leap into the dog industry, turning my passion into my profession.
Over months of speech therapy, I opened Pawstive Canine Services and train dogs using hand signals. After sometime, my love for behavior and psychology took over, and I rebranded as Ruff to Ready, because my genuine passion lies with dogs who exhibit problematic behaviors. And let me tell you, I have never looked back. Since my time in foster care, dogs have helped to provide me a sense of connection. A second chance at life was given to me, and I am determined to give people and their dogs a second chance at a happier life together.
About all the Letters After My Name
In addition to my experience with dogs, I knew I needed to do justice to pups and their humans. Therefore, I have invested in every credential under the sun. And yes, I’ve got all the acronyms—CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, AKC Evaluator, AKC Star Puppy, AKC Urban, AKC Canine Good Citizen—you name it. Did I also mention I’m pursuing a college degree to become an Animal Behavior Analyst? Your dog isn’t the only one who enjoys learning new tricks.
About My Approach to Dog Behaviors’
Importantly, I don’t just train your dog—I delve into their psyche to understand why they do what they do. Instead of turning you into a dog expert, I focus on your top three stressors and work out simple, practical solutions. Who needs the added hassle of trying to understand their pet’s tantrums?
Positive reinforcement is my jam. First, treats are great (I mean, who doesn’t love a good snack?), but it’s not all about food. For example, you wouldn’t bait a fish with chocolate-covered strawberries (though I love them). Every dog has their unique motivators. Whether it’s food, praise, affection, play, or access to good things, I’ll find what makes your pooch’s tail wag. The key thing is to teach them what’s okay and what’s not in a language that makes sense to them.
What I Stand For?
Without a doubt, I can summarize my values in three words: curiosity, compassion, and honesty. I don’t believe in wasting people’s time or in compromising my integrity. In this industry, having empathy is considered a crucial factor for achieving long-term success. That’s why if we’re not the right fit, I’ll help you find a behavior consultant who is.
A Glimpse into My Life
Finally, besides being a canine behavior consultant, I also love adventuring with my loved ones. One of my favorite things to do is explore different places with my dog, Applejack. Nothing beats seeing a dog experiencing pure joy and freedom. Fun fact: did you know Jacksonville, FL has the biggest urban park system in the United States? You can often find me exploring it with Applejack, my 12-year-old daughter, and my husband.
Another things to remember is: life’s essence is curiosity and gratitude. After all this time, I have learned home is where loved ones are. Explore the world’s beauty with loved ones. Life is short. May we always love our lives and live them to the max!
Let’s collaborate to make your dog happier, and your lives less stressful.
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