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India Hopkins

Hey all, my name is India, but you can call me Indi. I grew up in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains in Virginia, and just recently relocated to Wilmington, NC. When I'm not training dogs, you can usually find me on the trails with my dog, Bear, or training down at Salty Dog Jiu Jitsu. 

 

Believe it or not, I had a phobia of dogs that lasted into my early twenties. I finally got past my fear in 2008, by doing regular walk-throughs at the local pound. During my first visit, I spotted a beautiful pit bull in the very back of the shelter. She really intrigued me, and I felt a connection with her, but I was too scared to get her out. After three months of regularly visiting the shelter, I was told by staff that she would be euthanized that weekend if I didn't adopt her. So I took the plunge, and got her out of the kennel to adopt her. After only a few minutes with her, I knew she wouldn't hurt me, and my fear was completely gone!

 

I brought her home, and within a few days, she started showing signs of aggression towards people and other dogs, as well as severe separation anxiety. There was absolutely no way I was taking her back to the shelter. I was at a complete loss, and that's when I began looking for solutions. I decided to go to school to learn all about dog behavior and training. That chain of events changed my life in so many beautiful ways, and I'm so grateful that I can do what I love, and help other families with their dogs.

 

I have a passion for training "problem" dogs, including those that other trainers may have given up on. Every dog has great potential when they're given direction they understand. No dog is a lost cause.

 

Indi's gentle approach and in-depth knowledge provided a positive environment for our 5-year old doberman, Bonnie, to learn and thrive in.  We weren't sure there was much that could be done to reform Bonnie's behavior that revolved around separation anxiety and aggression toward other dogs.  

 

During our one-on-one training sessions, we learned techniques that changed the way we interacted with Bonnie and resulted in immediate positive behavioral changes.  We can't recommend Indi enough.  Bonnie is happier and healthier - as are we!  Thank you Indi!!!

 

-Jennifer, Kean and Bonnie Sayre

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