Sean was introduced to dog training in November 2004 with Indiana Canine Assistant Network. He went on to graduate from the Karen Pryor Training Academy (dog training) in 2009. During that time, he was also working towards his Social Work degree and received his Bachelors’s in Social Work (BSW) from Purdue University.
Sean has been involved with Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN) since 2004 in a variety of roles: a handler, volunteer, client, and staff member. While employed as Director of Rehabilitation Services for The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center in Gary, Indiana, he was blessed with an ICAN Facility Dog named Cubby.
In 2011 he left The Salvation Army, moved to Indianapolis, and worked in the Behavior Department of IndyHumane. He has also been a staff member of the Indy Mega Adoption Event for the past eight years overseeing the handling, behavior, and management of the dogs during these events.
In 2013, he was hired as Director of Training for ICAN and has been in that role since then. ‘’I have a job that is difficult not to love on a daily basis,’’ said Sean. ‘’There are so many fulfilling moments in ICAN and working with dogs. The daily tasks of working with and enjoying the company of man’s best friend, seeing the sense of accomplishment in the offender handlers eyes as the dogs’ progress, and they learn, not only skills but that they can succeed as individuals; and seeing the clients life change with the assistance of a service dog. What’s not to love?’’
Sean brings a unique and valuable perspective on ICAN’s mission to unleash abilities on both ends of the leash.
For questions regarding the prison program and training, please contact Sean.
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