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Founder & Trainer

Rebecca Golian

Rebecca grew up in Frederick County, Maryland, and found her passion for working with animals at a young age. At the age of five, Rebecca began riding horses and joined the United States Pony Clubs (USPC). Rebecca trained and competed horses, taught private lessons, and conducted clinics throughout high school. Rebecca also grew up working with dogs and volunteered at local rescues and shelters.

During college, Rebecca continued to compete in the equestrian sport of Three-Day Eventing, working under some of the best trainers and equestrian athletes in the world. She started her own equestrian business in 2009, offering training, competition, sport horse sales, and private riding instruction in Maryland and Northern Virginia.

Rebecca started professionally training dogs in college. While attending the University of Maryland, Rebecca offered private in-home training, group obedience classes, puppy development classes, and board & train programs for dogs with severe behavioral problems in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Rebecca also raised and trained German Shepherds for The Seeing Eye, a Guide Dog school based in Morristown, NJ.

In 2013 Rebecca decided to pursue working with dogs full-time and moved to New York City to start a professional dog training and behavior modification business. Rebecca offered advanced on and off-leash obedience training, puppy training, service/therapy dog training and certification, and behavior modification for dogs with severe behavioral problems.

In 2015 Rebecca was offered a rare opportunity to enter a three-year apprenticeship program to become a Qualified Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (GDMI) at Guide Dogs for the Blind. A GDMI trains guide dogs for people who are blind or visually impaired, matches trained guide dogs with clients, conducts client training, and offers follow-up services for guide dog users throughout the United States and Canada.

In addition to her work as a guide dog instructor, she also trained service dogs for a local private company. Rebecca trained over 100 guide/service dog teams while living on the West Coast.

In 2019 Rebecca decided to move back to the east coast to be closer to friends and family. She moved to Charlotte, North Carolina and started Love in the Lead Canine Training, LLC. In 2020 she founded Healing Canines, Inc. which is a local non-profit that trains and places service dogs for residents of North and South Carolina.

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