Founder, Executive Director, Head Trainer
Barbara Henry’s wide range of talents are rivaled only by her strength and tenacity. Barbara spent many years dedicating herself to providing therapeutic horseback riding lessons to children struggling with developmental disabilities or who were residing in the Colorado foster care system, when her family’s life was irrevocably changed by the tragedy of 2 randomly bizarre unrelated events that would leave Barbara struggling to overcome a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and her youngest daughter Caitlin suffering the effects of a spinal cord injury.
In 2006, Barbara took her years of horse training experience and her unique perspective into the world of persons with disabilities and began training her daughter’s first service dog, Badger. The process would include hundreds of hours of public access training, participation in a local owner/trained service dog program and regular class attendance at Caitlin’s elementary school. Ultimately, Badger spent 6 years by Caitlin’s side attending every important event from school field trips and family vacations to doctor visits and hospital stays, before beginning her gentle transition into retirement in 2012.
During her time in service, Badger assisted Caitlin with mobility by pulling her wheelchair, helping her walk, stabilizing her balance and building her self-esteem. More importantly, Badger brought Barbara’s unique talents and skills into the world of service dog training. By 2012, Barbara was laying the foundation for Domino Service Dogs.
Barbara is an AKC Canine Good Citizens Evaluator, a Canine Life and Social Skills Evaluator, a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and a graduate of Rocky Mountain Regional Dog Training Academy.
Assistant Trainer, Owner of Bee A Good Dog
Maureen has had dogs and cats all her life. She’s loved all critters from a young age, and has always enjoyed working and playing with family dogs. She was taught the choke chain method of training, but that method always felt invasive and it never felt like the right thing to do. She knew there had to be a better, more positive way to train.
Chester the Wonder Pup, a rescue from Boulder Humane Society, has been her biggest inspiration to become a full-time, gentle-method dog trainer. She graduated from Rocky Mountain Regional Dog Trainer Academy in December 2012. Since then she has had opportunities to do a lot of hands-on volunteer work as well as complete additional courses to expand her knowledge while continuing to work with clients and their dogs.
Today, Maureen is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CDTI) Tricks Training and Canine Conditioning which builds a stronger bond with our canine companions. She is an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) Instructor and Evaluator, and Member of the Pet Professional Guild. She continues to attend workshops and seminars to make sure she is always up to date on all of the new and innovative ways dogs can have fun with their humans.
She is proud and honored to volunteer as the Assistant Dog Trainer with Domino Service Dogs.