Chicago, IL, November 03, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Ami Moore calls herself a dog coach. But sometimes, at the end of the day, it’s difficult to discern just who has been teaching whom.
Moore, a “dog whisperer,” has made a career out of training dogs using human occupational therapy techniques such as deep pressure to joints, heavy labor and therapeutic massage techniques. Ami has also embraced horse and equine rehabilitation modalities known as Tellington Touch.
“As an educator, coach and therapist, I believe that dogs can guide and heal humans as well,” she says.
Recently, Ami Moore, the Chicago Dog Whisperer, has begun exploring another area of animal therapy. But again, the animal is the one doing most of the teaching.
Ami Moore has become a member of the Equine Guided Education Association (EGEA), an organization which supports and promotes human growth, learning and development through interactions with horses.
With the belief that horses can act as teachers and healers, the EGEA uses equine-guided education to develop a sense of responsibility, a healthy self image, and skills to build social relationships in humans. Equine-guided education is used in psychotherapy, coaching, and holistic health practices, as well as in at-risk youth and other rehabilitation programs.
“We see that the horse does more than assist or facilitate learning,” the EGEA says. “The horse actually guides the process of education.”
Ami Moore has found that there are plenty of similarities between working with horses and working with dogs.
“Both animals require you to have ‘alphatude,’ or leadership energy,” she says.
“If the horse or dog senses that you a LINO (Leader In Name Only), they will walk all over you. If a horse walks all over you, it hurts.”
Ami Moore the Chicago Dog Coach, will be using the principles she learns as a member of EGEA to explore her passion for horses – which she traces to her childhood, but she also plans to apply what she learns to her dog coaching profession.
“I am of the belief that the same tools, techniques, and procedures used in the field of equine-guided education can be adopted for dog-human education, development, learning and coaching,” she says.
“I also believe that the same lessons that horses teach us in awareness, compassion and kindness can be taught by our dogs.”