By Frank Lewis
Alicia Bloomfield first fell in love with horses and the art of training them. In the last several years, while living in California, she also turned her passion to rehabilitating dogs with sometimes severe behavioral problems, and when she began working with the world famous Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan, she began a work that now brings her full circle back to Scioto County.
“I decided to search for the best and I went to work with Cesar twice for a total of about two weeks,” Bloomfield said. “I spent another week with his assistant Cheri Lucas and we used dog psychology, or what you call a balanced trainer; not so much only positive reinforcement but more controlling the dogs state of mind and working with dogs natural pack instincts.”
She also worked with dog trainer Brian Agnew. Bloomfield’s love for dog training came to her naturally.
“I got into doing it on my own and learning how to really get into rehab work because I wanted to keep dogs in homes,” Bloomfield said. “I was tired of seeing dogs that were really not bad dogs thrown in shelters for no reasons, just lack of education.”
While in California, Bloomfield built up her client base until she was doing a lot of work with dog rescue organization.
“I would take their dogs that were unadoptable and they only pulled dogs from shelters that were going to be euthanized if somebody from a rescue doesn’t pull it,” Bloomfield said. “So they would pull the severe cases and their first stop would be me and I would keep them. Sometimes it would just take 30 days to get them back to normal and then I would keep them until we either found a proper foster or the proper adoptive home.”
Bloomfield wanted to help, so she educated herself and began a work that now starts new at Faithful Dog Canine Training located on Big Bear Creek about 1.7 miles off Ohio 104, just past the Camp Molly Lauman sign. She does obedience training and rehab work with dogs that are severely misbehaved, fearful and aggressive and restore them back to normal.
“I’m going to be doing the same type of work,” Bloomfield said. “I know around here dogs are more outside animals and they stay on chains and out in the pens and more often than not it’s because of behavioral issues. The dog tears up the house. The dog is too excited in the house. It’s issues that are very easily fixed if their education was there. So I would like to be able to have workshops and seminars here on the property as well as traditionally taking my board and trains and keeping dogs here on property for the severe cases as well as some of the other locations like Cincinnati and Columbus.”
Bloomfield says she also plans to board horses.
“Horses have always been a passion of mine,” Bloomfield said. “At 10 I got my first horse and I showed and I trained my own horses and again that is something I would like to eventually get back to. My focus is dogs first but we’ll board horses. We have 16 stalls and a riding arena and some nice pastures. Eventually we’ll have lessons and I hope to even have some events here.”
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 1928, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.