LAKE LURE – With its dog-friendly parks, mountains, streams, and lakes, Western North Carolina is a haven for dog lovers. With a well-behaved dog, it can be heaven.
And for those in the Lake Lure area, help is just a stick toss away. Handle With Care Dog Training is open for business and is starting dog training classes at Pine Gables in Lake Lure and at Rutherford Pet Supply in Spindale. Owner Lezle Stein also offers private in-home sessions.
Prior to moving to Western North Carolina, Lezle was a highly regarded dog trainer in the Los Angeles area. She was featured in the Blu-Ray DVD release of Marley & Me, in which she offers dog-training advice throughout the movie.
Those familiar with movie know it’s about an adorable yellow Labrador who doesn’t always behave the best. “In Marley & Me, the rambunctious Lab is fortunate enough to live with people who don’t abandon their dog despite the fact that he is completely out of control,” says Lezle. “However, this lack of training—really a lack of communication—doesn’t work for most pets or pet owners. I hope with my continued work with dog lovers, we can continue to create fulfilling relationships that nurture pet owners as much as the pets.”
To keep your Lab from being labor-intensive or to help your pit bull avoid the same pitfalls as those in Marley & Me, Handle With Care offers in-home private instruction, group obedience training classes and seminars, dog adoption assistance, puppy kindergarten, and orientation counseling for new dog owners.
Handle With Care Dog Training services the Lake Lure area, as well as Arden, Asheville, Bat Cave, Biltmore Forest, Black Mountain, Chimney Rock, Edneyville, Fairview, Fletcher, Gerton, and Hendersonville.
For more information about the classes at Pine Gables, contact Lezle Stein at (323) 229-4143 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the classes at Rutherford Pet Supply, 115 Reservation Drive, Spindale, N.C., contact Lezle or Rutherford Pet Supply at (828) 395-2323. For information on other dog-training services, visit www.handlewoofcare.com.
About Lezle Stein
Lezle Stein is a well-respected and well-reviewed canine behavior specialist who practiced in the Los Angeles area prior to opening up shop in Western North Carolina. She interned under Dr. Nancy Scanlan, who specializes in holistic veterinary medicine through acupuncture and herbs, and studied in the Animal Behavior and Training Association program.
Lezle is a member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers and is American Kennel Club (AKC) certified as a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She has served as a volunteer adoption counselor at North Central Los Angeles Animal Shelter, assistant pit bull trainer through Tia Torres’ program at the Villalobos Rescue Center and Best Friends®, co-president of Hermon Dog Park (Los Angeles), a member of the Los Angeles City Council Spay and Neuter Advisory Committee, and Director of Animal Welfare for the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council. Her extensive education and training also includes American Red Cross certification in Pet First Aid and CPR, the Paul Owens’ Raise With Praise® program, and CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training.
Lezle also worked with many rescue groups in the Los Angeles area, including Downtown Dog Rescue, Dawg Squad, The Brittany Foundation, and Best Friends.
In North Carolina, she volunteers for Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue in Hendersonville, training other volunteers how to be better handlers. And recently, she started a Lake Lure chapter for the Rutherford Humane Society, where they will hold monthly adoption events by the lake.
Her past clients include a wide arrange of dog lovers from novice dog rescuers to Hollywood executives and music personalities.
The producers of Marley & Me chose Lezle for the Blu- Ray DVD release because of her standing in the local dog-training world. “I was thrilled to be selected,” says Lezle. “It was a great opportunity to share information with a wide audience about reward-based, fun dog-training techniques.”
Lezle currently resides in Gerton with her dogs Blau and Tyson and cat Otis.