Dani Rouse, APDL
K9 Listener aka Natural K9 Behavior Consultant
I’m Dani Rouse, your K9 Listener at K9 Instincts LLC. I have loved and had dogs my whole life.
I came across a book about the method of dog listening while fostering dogs for shelters and rescue groups. While studying, I learned a lot about dog behavior and started applying these methods to my companion and foster dogs.
I credit the dog listening method with enabling me to rescue an abandoned pack of dogs after they had been alone for approximately 5 months. This canine pack of a mom and three pups survived on their own and were leery of human contact. By using the dog listening method, another rescuer and I were able to gain the dogs’ trust and rescue them within 2 weekends! All of these dogs were adopted into their forever homes. After this successful rescue, I investigated the dog listening method in depth and attended courses in the United Kingdom, where I received my Foundation and Advanced Certifications in Canine Communication.
In 2010, I was welcomed into the Pure Dog Listeners family as the first Accredited Pure Dog Listener in the USA!
I spent 5 1/2 years as a volunteer dog behaviorist for Missouri Puppies for Parole (P4P). P4P is a Missouri Department of Corrections program where Missouri’s correctional centers partner with local rescue groups and shelters to help dogs find their "furever” homes. I trained the offenders to use PURE Dog Listening (PDL) at a Missouri prison that had one of the largest P4P programs in the state at that time.
During my time volunteering with P4P, I received the Missouri Department of Corrections SOAR Volunteer of the Year, for my work. SOAR stands for "Service Over and Above Requirements.” In addition, I created the Pure Dog Listener Well-Mannered Dog Evaluation criteria for Puppies for Parole to help the offenders work towards certifying each dog they work with under the Pure Dog Listening program.
After volunteering with P4P, I am now available for 1-2-1 consultations in people's homes and online 1-2-1 consultations. I work primarily in the Greater Kansas City, MO/KS area but will travel for out-of-town consultations throughout North America.