K-9 Healers was founded in order to enrich the relationship between people and their canines.


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Training, education, relationship building. That's K-9 Healers.

About Us

K-9 Healers was founded in order to enrich the relationship between people and their canines. The goal of K-9 Healers is to build positive relationships between dogs and their people through training and education. This is achieved through classes, private lessons and/or public presentations. For more information contact Gail at deepeace.rural@gmail.com

Gail Furst
Gail Furst is certified as a professional dog trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and through Animal Behavior Institute as a Animal Assisted Therapy Professional. Gail has been interested in using animals to bring joy and comfort to people for over 20 years. She has developed various Animal Assisted Interventions  to local hospitals, schools and long term care facilities. Gail founded the Therapy Dog International Chapter # 216 serving the Finger Lakes and Monroe County areas. Gail works at Ontario ARC as the Director of Training for the Pet Connections Program.

Gail founded her own business K-9 Healers in order to teach others how to spread the benefits of pet therapy work. Her classes offer more than dog training training, students learn massage, nutrition, first aid, aroma therapy and holistic care for their companion.

Gail has been providing Animal Assisted Intervention programs to individuals with developmental disabilities, elderly, children, and inpatient psychiatric settings for over 20 years. Her first therapy dog was a boxer named Rosie and together they began the journey discovering the rewards of Animal Assisted Interventions in the school system, with families living in domestic violence, patients living in long term care facilities, psychiatric settings and more. She has since shared her life with four other boxers, all registered therapy dogs who have joined Rosie in their next life. Currently Gail enjoys living with Albert James, a 9 year old boxer who worked side by side Gail to develop the Pet Connections program http://www.mypetconnections.org  and after many years of bringing joy to others, Albert is enjoying retirement. Gail’s other boxer Willow has trained to take over Albert’s position within the Pet Connections program.  As always, with great gratitude to their breeder http://www.wiemerboxers.com

Before becoming training director for Ontario ARC’s Pet Connections program, Gail worked in the human service field as a coordinator for worksite wellness projects and as a community builder in a small rural town where her position included providing pet therapy and educational programs to youth at the local youth center.

Gail is certified through Animal Behavior Institute as an Animal Assisted Therapy Professional and through e-training for dogs in Canine CPR/First Aid, Vet Clinic Puppy Manners and Socialization and is studying canine massage. She was formerly certified as an evaluator for Therapy Dog International and recently developed the evaluation used by the Pet Connections program. Gail evaluates for the AKC Canine Good Citizen, S.T.A.R. Puppy, Community Canine and Urban Canine Good Citizen. Gail is also an instructor and evaluator for APDT Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) and a trainer for Pets for Vets, a national program that matches and supports veterans with shelter dogs http://www.petsforvets.com

Gail is a member of The Pet Professional Guild, The Association for Force-Free Pet Professionals

Gail continues to do dog bite prevention and other educational programs in local schools. Gail has provided animal assisted interventions to a variety of populations including children, elderly, individuals of all ages with emotional, physical and developmental disabilities and incarcerated adults.

In 1994 Gail developed a program and wrote a grant to support a program for youth in a small rural county. The intent of this program was to help youth become aware of service to their community through volunteering at the local long term care facility. The youth learned how to provide pet assisted visits to the residents in a local nursing home using a certified therapy dog as a bridge for communication. This intergenerational program taught children reverence for life and improved their feeling of self worth and was featured in the Humane Society of the United States’ directory of programs that prevented violence using animals. This program was also recognized and featured in the 2001 annual report by “America’s Promise” a national program led by General Colin Powell to encourage communities to support their youth.

Gail provides puppy aptitude tests on 49 day old puppies for suitable placement in pet and working homes.

Gail has recently successfully completed 4 e-training courses:

  • Herbal Remedies and Aromatherapy
  • Canine First Aid and CPR
  • Vet Clinic Puppy Manners and Socialization
  • Canine Anatomy and Physiology

Ready to build a lasting relationship with your dog based on effective communication and love?