Joan Patrick
Joan with Tina; photo by Brenda Carpenter

Joan Patrick’s training philosophy is rooted in improving the relationship between dogs and people by working together on training and play.

Joan has volunteered at Main Line Animal Rescue for six years, working with several training programs, including the Shy Dog program, which works with extremely shy dogs to transition them to be more comfortable with people and other dogs through high-value food rewards and low-stress interactions. Joan has also assisted the Petiquette trainer with training the rescue’s dogs in basic obedience, and has participated in the Home School program, which introduces dogs to the items, sounds and smells that they will encounter in a home.

In addition, Joan volunteers with Dogs Home Rescue and runs a weekly dog hike with a group of ten or more dogs and their owners. Joan has attended the Humane Society of the United States Puppy Mill Action Boot Camp, a program that helps attendees become effective advocates against puppy mills.

Joan has three rescue dogs: Tina, a Chihuahua/Beagle, is a social butterfly who enjoys most people and dogs. Jake, a long-haired brindle Chihuahua, is shy and takes some time to warm up to other people and dogs. Tim, a Jack Russell/Chihuahua, is the wild child of the family.