Dog-Harmony founder Nancy Bown of Sandestin, Florida, is a graduate of the Animal Behavior College in Santa Clarita, California, and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). She is a “fear-free” trainer.
While operating her dog daycare and dog training business, she saw how many dogs were being relinquished or returned to shelters because the owners and dogs weren’t given the proper education and training to build forever lives together.
She also noted that otherwise good dogs were being turned in to shelters because children did not know how to interact with dogs, such as running up to strange dogs to pet them, or pestering and grabbing grandma’s Chihuahua while it was eating, resulting in bites.
So she created Dog-Harmony Inc., a nonprofit that works to keep dogs from becoming homeless in the first place. While it offers the typical links to low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and microchipping clinics, the volunteer-run organization is a different “breed” of rescue, focusing on humane education and training, an unfulfilled need to keep dogs in their homes.