Fort Myers resident Mike Lino has been training canines for many years and would like to help dog owners who have recently purchased rescue dogs from animal shelters.
Lino, who has trained dogs for the Lee County Sheriff's Office and Cape Coral Police Department, is planning a free K-9 training seminar at sponsor McGregor Grill at 15675 McGregor Blvd. on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11 to 3 p.m. He welcomes everyone to stop by the large grass field adjacent to McGregor Grill and learn a thing or two from a free session at no cost.
"A lot of these people don't have the money to pay for training to solve the problems that dogs have," Lino said. "Many dogs go into humane societies because they have major problems, and the original owners couldn't handle them. Unfortunately, they still have the same problem with their new owner."
Professional K-9 trainer Mike Lino works with Codo, a Doberman Pinscher with a fear-biting problem, in Dog in Sudz parking lot. Lino will be giving tips during a free K-9 training seminar at sponsor McGregor Grill at 15675 McGregor Blvd. on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11 to 3 p.m.
Lino, who moved into Dog in Sudz Grooming Boutique at 17849 San Carlos Blvd. just weeks ago, has trained several dog owners how to deal with personal problems that rescue dogs have inherited. He hopes to see a few dogs Oct. 19, in hopes of eradicating problems that may exist.
"All in that one session, any personal problems that they have with their dogs, we are going to solve them that day," he said.
When asked what he believes is the most important thing to teach a dog handler, Lino likened it to a boxing trainer talking up his boxer in between rounds.
"I want to teach people how to get into their dogs' heads," he said. "I don't use treats to train dogs. The treat has to come from the heart. People need to understand dogs want to please you instead of for a cookie or treat.
"You have to become an actor and give the dog a lot of praise. If he sees that praise, he will do things to please you."
Recently, Lino trained Codo, a Doberman Pinscher that had a fear-biting problem. He said many dogs have this condition, which causes them to nip and run.
"It's all about building a dog's confidence up," said Lino. "Codo would put up a good show by barking at you, but he would stand behind his owner as he was doing it. So, we are building his confidence and making him feel good and proud of himself."
Codo completed his fourth training session in four days just before the story interview. His owners have seen a drastic improvement since.
"His confidence is through the roof right now," said Kenny and Noelle Lewis. "Before, when we walked him, his head would slump low and cars would make him jumpy. He used to be scared of everything. Now, I can let go of the leash, but he'll stay close to us. We don't believe its him."
Lino says he has been training dogs all over the country. He has been working his trade in Southwest Florida for 30 years. He had a training facility in the Iona/McGregor area for much of that time, but now calls his business home at the Beach area location of Dog in Sudz.
"I have imported dogs from Germany, Czechoslovakia and Hungary, then trained them to become police dogs, to locate drugs, as cadaver dogs or as personal protection dogs," he said.
If you are having troubles with your dog, stop by McGregor Grill on Oct. 19, to see if Lino can help you and your pooch.