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Dog Writer's Association Names Ridgewood Dog Trainer, Journalist Finalist

Dorice Stancher of Ridgewood owns Canines Can Do in Waldwick.
Dorice Stancher of Ridgewood owns Canines Can Do in Waldwick. Photo Credit: Facebook

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – The Dog Writer’s Association of America (DWAA) has chosen local dog trainer and journalist, Dorice Stancher, as one of four select finalists from thousands of entries in the category of broadcast journalism.

Stancher has been nominated for her appearance on the popular News 12 New Jersey program, “The Pet Stop with Dr. Brian Voynick,” featuring a two-part segment on obedience and trick training via the Internet. She is an advocate and certified trainer with the “Do More With Your Dog” All-Star Team initiative, which provides free online training videos. Stancher sees this program as a powerful tool to help keep dogs out of shelters and create a well-trained family pet regardless of income.

“Many pet owners cannot afford to hire a trainer, and the ‘Do More With Your Dog’ program can get them started off on the right track,” said Stancher.

Her company, Canines Can Do, reflects her “can-do” attitude. Stancher, who bounced back from a traumatic brain injury after an ice skating accident, believes all dogs and their owners should train positively and live life with zest. Her own dogs, two Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers, participate in dog sledding, surfing and dock diving in addition to being titled in formal obedience and conformation, sheep-herding, and her passion, pet therapy.

She was a featured presenter at the first Morristown Hospital Therapy Conference and is affiliated with The Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs recruiting and training teams. As part of their therapy mission, they are regular visitors to Camp Dream Street, a day camp for children with cancer.

Stancher is a certified trainer and also holds a degree in journalism and an masters of business administration in management from Seton Hall University. She previously won an award for magazine journalism in 2013 for an article appearing in the The AKC Family Dog.

Click here to view the nominated video or to learn more about Stancher and her work with dogs.

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