Susan Strough, owner of Canines First, began her career as a pet obedience trainer and behavior consultant in 2000. She conducts seminars on canine behavior for boarding facilities, pet sitting companies and veterinary clinics and has made appearances on Good Morning Texas as well as being featured in print and on line magazines such as Home and Heritage and Best Friends News and Events. She has participated as a training consultant for US Hero Search and Rescue K9 Team and was chosen as a Training Partner for Best Friends Training Partners Program which helps dogs across the country find the behavior and training help they need. Additionally she maintains an IACP Professional Level membership.
As the owner of Canines First, Susan Strough’s methods are gentle yet assertive, and they are easily learned by each dog’s owner. While she does adhere to the basic positive-reinforcement principles of behavior shaping, Susan knows that not every method works for every dog, and not every training tool is right for every dog. She looks at each case individually, evaluating and assessing your dog’s needs so that no time is wasted on ineffectual training methods.
All dogs are equal in Susan’s eyes. From the Maltese to the Great Dane, every dog needs understanding and a firm but loving pack leader. The dog that can look to his owner for leadership is a happy and healthy dog. Almost all dogs abandoned at an animal shelter could have been spared that fate if only their owners had the knowledge regarding what it takes to be their dogs’ leader. It is Susan’s goal to help dogs avoid this fate through owner education.
Susan is from Oklahoma, where her father fostered her love for dogs. In addition to the companionship she enjoyed with her father’s hunting dogs, she was given her own dog at age 9. This unwitting Cocker Spaniel would be her first student. After attending college, Susan moved to Dallas and found a career opportunity in the dog-loving people of the city.
It was after working with homeless dogs in foster care that she realized the need for people to understand these animals so they could get the second chance they needed. Susan’s greatest joy is teaching people how to live in harmony with their pets.
Susan has always stressed the importance of a healthy canine diet. She is a proponent of raw feeding. In November 2013 Susan helped to found RAW by Canines First in Inwood Village, a holistic dog supply store focused on natural products that improve the lives of our canine friends.