Monday, May 21, 2012

Dave the Dog Guy Helps Dogs with People Problems

Dave “The Dog Guy”  Helps Dogs with People Issues
Move over, Cesar Milan. There’s a new dog trainer in town and his name is David Fitzpatrick. And Dave doesn’t just train dogs. He trains their human companions, too.
From his humble beginnings as the son of a Guinness pub manager in Dublin, Ireland, to his almost 5,000 mile trek to Texas, David Fitzpatrick has come a long way in pursuit of his passion of working with abandoned, abused, and neglected animals. And, according to Dave, he doesn’t work with people who have dog issues. He works with dogs that have people issues. “I believe the biggest problem between canines and their owners is communication – or lack thereof,” said Dave. “My goal is to bridge that communication gap and help owners learn how to understand the reasons behind their dog’s behavior.”
Dave’s love of animals can be traced back to his childhood when he spent summers with his family in a small farming village just outside of Dublin. “My family and I would travel to Wexford in the summer and help out on the farm doing everything from rounding up the sheep to milking the cows.” Peggy, the family’s Basset Hound, ruled the roost and did her best to keep Dave and his seven siblings in line.
In addition to his work with animals on the farm in Wexford, Dave volunteered at Ireland’s national aquarium. He did everything from feeding the seals to cleaning the shark tank. “I have respect and love for all animals,” said Dave.
In the five years Dave has lived in the United States, he has studied and obtained his certification as a professional dog trainer and established his business as Celtic Canine Trainer ( “I am proud to be Irish and proud to be living in the United States, a country that has afforded me the opportunity to pursue my dream.”
 Dave the Dog Guy as he is affectionately known in the Dallas/Ft. Worth animal rescue community, volunteers his time and services with several rescue groups including DFW Rescue Me and DFW Pup Patrol. He works with foster dogs and their families as well as dogs adopted from the rescue groups. “My goal is to help dogs and their families live long and happy lives together.”

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