Dog trainers on cruise ship visit SAGA in San Pedro

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

30 dog trainers and dog owners from the United States and Canada who were on board a cruise ship made a port call to Belize on Thursday April 23rd. While in the country, the group visited San Pedro Town’s SAGA Humane Society as part of a course called Education at Sea, featuring dog trainer specialist Heather Beck. The course gave the trainers and dog owners the opportunity to perform hands on work with SAGA, who operates a shelter for local dogs commonly referred to as “potlickers.”Heather Beck Dog Training Cruise-3
The cruise took the animal lovers to places such as Roatan in Honduras, Belize and Cozumel, Mexico over the course of seven days. According to Beck, while on the boat, the dog trainers participated in courses within three specific areas. “We did a course called ‘Clients Conversation’ to teach trainers how to build their business communication and how to talk to their clients. Another area we covered was ‘Head Hunters” which is a tool used for dog training, and the third area was ‘Rehab Reality.’ That is an area I am specialized in and we look at ways to deal with training difficult dogs.”Heather Beck Dog Training Cruise-8
Beck explained that in San Pedro, the group had the opportunity to work with dogs, look at different techniques and build their networking with SAGA. “We did a tour of SAGA and everyone came out wanting to take home the dogs and cats. We met with Ingrid and got to see firsthand how the clinic functions and learned about some of the future goals of SAGA.” A similar stop was planned for Cozumel where the participants visited the human society to establish networking.Heather Beck Dog Training Cruise-10
Founder of K9 Lifeline in Draper, Utah, USA, Beck is well-recognized internationally for her unmatched success in socializing and working with difficult and aggressive dogs. She is known as the “Socializing Specialist”. For many years she has run off-leash socialization classes for her clients and their dogs and has been working with dogs since 1995. Her experience ranges from Animal Control Officer to fostering dogs for adoption to running her own large breed and pit-bull rescue. Currently, she lives part-time in Belize and sits on the Board of Directors for SAGA Humane Society.


Education at Sea is a unique opportunity to expand the dog trainer’s expertise and knowledge in a fun, relaxed and stimulating environment. This event benefited anyone, from dog owners to high-end trainers to shelter and rescue workers and anyone in between. Beck is hoping to do similar events in future.

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