Haeleigh Hyatt started working with dogs by chance. She had just started college and was searching for a part-time job when she ran into an old friend whose parents owned a boarding kennel.
They hired her, and it was there she began getting interested in dog training and agility. These days, Haeleigh works as the director of training for SpotOn Virtual Smart Fence, which is a collar, app, and training program that allows you to keep your dog safe by creating boundaries almost anywhere you and your dog choose to roam.
Something else interesting about Haeleigh is that she has seven special needs dogs, all of whom she adopted and now trains in agility and specialty tricks.
These dogs have turned into very talented performers, all because of the patience and trust Haeleigh shows each of them and the time she’s invested in training.
Haeleigh offers advice for teaching tricks and bonding with any dog: “Make it a point to get to know each dog and learn what makes them tick. Having a lot of high-energy dogs myself, I love going on hikes or playing a rousing game of fetch. Pay attention to what your dog loves and engage them in activities that fuel that. Most importantly, though, don’t force it! If your new dog is shy, work to gain their trust with lots of treats before putting them in a potentially uncomfortable situation. Once again, patience is key!”
Haeleigh and her sweet dogs are actually talented entertainers who perform all over the US with a group called Aim High Canines. They are skilled at performing agility and disc tricks, dock diving, and more at fairs, festivals, sporting events, and private functions.
Now it’s time to meet Haeleigh’s talented pups!
Watch Them Go!
We asked Haeleigh which top three items she relies on as a dog owner, and here’s what she had to say:
“Treat dispensing toys like Kong are invaluable. If it’s a rainy day and I can’t go to the park with my dogs, I can always give them a treat-stuffed Kong to help stave off boredom. Right now, I have seven dogs and over 30 Kongs!
“I’m a huge advocate for proper ID tags. If your dog ever gets lost, a good ID tag can be indispensable. My favorite ID tags in the whole wide world are from Silver Paw Tags in Maine. Their tags are heavy-duty stainless steel and have a lifetime guarantee. I really like their cute designs, too!
“Gadgets that let me see where my dogs are and what they are doing are truly a lifesaver. While I usually bring a dog or two to work every day, I can’t take them all with me. I have an indoor security camera with two-way audio set up at home so I can check in on my dogs during the day. When we are outside, I also like using a containment system and GPS tracker, like the SpotOn Virtual Smart Fence, to keep track of them in case they decide to wander. Both the security camera and the SpotOn collar do wonders to put my mind at ease.”