Founder of Dogs Playing for Life™
Aimee Sadler is the Founder of Dogs Playing for Life™…A Training Program for Shelter Dogs Featuring Play Groups. Ms. Sadler is a nationally recognized trainer specializing in behavioral problems. Her techniques have been derived from over twenty-five years of professional work with multiple species, from dogs to cats, from exotics to marine mammals. Aimee’s childhood passion for animals turned into a career in 1987 at the onset of her apprenticeship to Magic Mountain’s dolphin and sea lion show in southern California. From there Aimee was offered a position of leadership at the park’s wild animal show where she performed on stage with exotic animals in addition to touring with the creatures to better educate children. From her innate desire to help animals she then took a position with the American Humane Association, responsible for the monitoring of “animal actors”. This exposure resulted in her transition as the compound manager of Birds and Animals Unlimited, one of Hollywood’s top animal training facilities. Aimee then founded the animal rentals division of Fourth Cub Productions, Inc., where she supplied well-trained animals for numerous television commercials and music videos. Over the years while Aimee developed her private dog training business, she maintained strong affiliations with rescue organizations. Since 1998, Aimee’s main interest has been working with shelter dogs, ever since her private client sent her to the Southampton Animal Shelter to spend her session time with the their dogs instead. Ever since, Aimee’s vision has been to create and implement a training and behavior program that would prove to be invaluable to the well-being of dogs in shelters everywhere. Dogs Playing for Life™ seminars and trainings have been provided to more than 180 organizations internationally. Aimee presents consistently at animal welfare and professional dog training conferences, such as HSUS’ Animal Expo, Best Friend’s Annual Conferences, Masters in Behavior Conference, the No Kill Conferences and the International Association of Canine Professionals Conference. Aimee’s programs have assisted Longmont Humane Society and the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation in achieving industry leading success as open admission shelters saving more than 95% of their shelter dogs! In recognition of her work, Aimee has been honored with the Henry Bergh Leadership Award in 2011 in addition to being recently inducted into the Members Hall of Fame for the International Association of Canine Professionals. From the popularity of the program and the measured results in life-saving, Dogs Playing for Life™ was recently featured in the Television Series, ‘Shelter Me – New Beginnings’ airing on PBS. Aimee currently resides in Longmont, CO, with her husband and their very full family.