My name is Belén García and I own and operate the dog training business, Sentit Caní. I reside in Barcelona, Spain. I grew up surrounded by litters of puppies, kittens, dogs, cats and other animals. I received my Bachelors Degree in Biology at the University of Barcelona and obtained a Postgraduate Degree in Anthrozoology; the science that studies the humane-animal bond. I furthered my education in Positive Dog Training and Ethology, a way of training that involves no form of physical or psychological intimidation, based on progressive reinforcement training methods. I studied with the world renowned dog expert, Turid Rugaas. For me it’s very important to keep current with the latest educational resources and techniques in order to offer my clients the best possible services.
I am currently CEO of the project 21 Hogares, we focus and promote dogs that are invisible in shelters in order to help them find a forever home. The first “Heroes” are from the local shelter in Barcelona (CAACB), where I’m a volunteer for the last four years. I also collaborate with Udols, an association that promotes urban dogs’ welfare in Barcelona.
Sentit Caní means Dog Sense and I named it in Catalan in order to compensate the fact that the blog wouldn’t be written in Catalan but in Spanish (and English) with the intention of reaching as many people as possible and, consequently, helping to improve the quality of life of many more dogs.
The mission of Sentit Caní is to improve the communication and relationship you have with your dog, as well as the quality of life for both of you through an education with values: empathy, trust, respect and honesty (esquiligogy, 2012).
The vision of Sentit Caní is an aware and sensitised society where no dogs are longer abandoned because of lack of information and/or lack of resources; where dogs are educated from their early stages for preventive measures of behaviour problems; where all dogs have the physical and mental stimulation that they require and where dogs are considered a member of the family in the home in which they live.