Diane Bassett-- The Peninsula's Positive Trainer


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A professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Diane Bassett has been training dogs for over 20 years.

She's worked with a large variety of trainers and has learned many different methods. She favors positive reinforcement and teaches a fun and very effective technique called "clicker training".

Since 1990 Diane has trained 7 dogs for Canine Companions for Independence, and 3 dogs for Guide Dogs of America. She is on the Regional Board of Directors for CCI, and volunteers for the Peninsula Humane Society/SPCA.

Diane has been active in Sheltie Rescue, Irish Setter Rescue, and Aussie Rescue. She has also fostered, trained, and adopted out several mixed breed dogs.

Diane currently has (as her own "keeper" dogs) a Gordon Setter and a Shetland Sheepdog, and a yellow Labrador Retriever mix. She is the 4th owner for the Gordon Setter, who had trouble fitting into her various homes and was "rehomed" 3 times by the time she was 3 years old. All of her dogs have been enthusiastically clicker trained, and are now certified therapy dogs through the Delta Society's Pet Partner Program. They also have their AKC Canine Good Citizenship titles.

Diane believes that in order for dogs to be welcome as beloved members of the family they must be gently and consistently trained to know exactly what is expected of them. The dog's needs must be taken into account, but so must the owner's. People live busy hectic lives in the Bay Area, and Diane has had a long and successful career as a high tech marketing executive. She knows what it's like to struggle to find time to train your dog, let alone open your mail, cook a meal, or have five minutes with your family. Her training is designed to be highly effective and get results quickly with positive reinforcement methods.

Read the article from the San Mateo County Times!