Dawn Scheu Pictured with Willow Kai Chick Gami-JH, CGC, TKN
ICE Int Hnr CH, IABC Int CH Salex Aurita of Flying M- TKN
Rivers Edge at Bodi Lake (Bod-hi)
Dawn new Gluten Detection Service Dog Prospect in training
Dawn Scheu- AAS
Professional Service Dog Trainer
Willow Service Dogs Internship Instructor
Dawn has over 20 years of experience as a Professional Dog Trainer. Dawn started her career training search and rescue dogs (SAR) in the year 1998 certifying in 2000. She also began working her SAR dog as a Therapy Dog visiting nursing homes from 2000 to 2010. In 2010 Dawn was diagnosed with Celiac and in 2012 Refractory Celiac nearly cost her her life with a poor prognosis Dawn began researching to learn everything she could about gluten as an odor to be able to train Willow the 2nd gluten detection dog ever trained. Due to the prevalence of gluten in the environment, Dawn was the first to apply a controlled search to service work for any type of food detection. Since that time Dawn has trained more than 30 successful gluten detection teams. She also has trained several dogs in multiple odor detection along with duel alerts. She wrote the original Gluten & Allergen Standards which have now been implemented by dog trainers internationally. Dawn is a webinar presenter and teacher in the area of gluten and allergen detection. Dawn continues her education and has expanded into other areas of service work such as medical alerts and other scent-based tasks. Dawn is pictured with Willow and Aurita her personal Gluten Detection/Mobility Assistance Dogs. along with her new Puppy Bodhi who has begun training as Willow's replacement as Willow has been diagnosed with a large mass in her lung retiring her from service. Dawn also competes in sport dog activities earning titles in Hunting, Conformation, Obedience and Trick's.
Dog Training Intern
When I was a little all I wanted to do was train dogs. From the time I could walk, I was clicker training my Grammy's dogs. The older I got the more I realized how much I wanted to help people too. During college I became a Peer Recovery Coach and helped youth who were mentally ill or suffered from addiction. After college I fell in love with a man who is in the Army and started to volunteer for his unit's Family Readiness Group. No matter where life has taken me, it has always come back to training dogs and helping people. My goal is to eventually train dogs in order to help those in need of a Service Dog, just like me.