Shana Yadid, ABCDT - FOUNDER+CEO
Hello! My name is Shana Yadid. I am the Founder, CEO & Lead Trainer at Yadid’it! Dog Training, the Executive Director at Yadid'it! Sustainable Dog Rescue and an ABCDT (Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer). I am super quirky, a loving dog-mom, an eldest sister to two loving siblings, and a sexual trauma survivor. #metoo
Growing up a practicing modern orthodox Jew and attending a yeshiva day school from elementary through high school, I've always had a strong inclination towards the concept of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). Tikkun Olam, the Jewish concept defined by acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair our broken world, is the driving force behind my founding of the two Yadid'it! companies.
Tikkun Olam is often implemented when discussing issues of social policy, ensuring a safeguard to those who may be at a disadvantage, as in the case of people that have experienced sexual force or violence of any kind. Yadid'it! is the overarching brand-name for my for-profit dog-training company and non-profit dog-rescue organization. The two sister companies work together to cultivate healthier lives for trauma survivors, human and canine alike, as my personal contribution to Tikkun Olam.
I have always had a special bond with animals, especially the misunderstood. Using my unique bond with dogs, I have trained over 500 dogs and their owners over the course of my six year dog-training career. I have also rescued six of my own dogs, and helped to get countless foster dogs adopted.
The most pivotal moment in my life began shortly after my 21st birthday when I started reading Temple Grandin’s "Animals in Translation, Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior." It was then that my understanding of my relationship with animals began to unfold. I identified therapeutic benefits between rescue animals and human survivors of sexual traumas. I was eager to see if all the clarity I felt flipping through the pages of her book was more than just an idea.
So naturally, it began. Within two weeks, I enrolled in the Dog Obedience Trainer Program through Animal Behavior College in 2012. In 2015, I got my first job at Petco where I was quickly promoted to mentor dog trainer and mentored three trainers within the first year and a half. I have volunteered with Happy Tails Rescue Inc. (Munster, IN), C.A.R.E.-Community Animal Rescue Effort (Evanston, IL), PAWS (Chicago, IL), Anti-Cruelty Society(Chicago, IL), and Carolina Adopt-A-Bulls (Durham, NC).
In 2018, I launched Yadid’it Dog Training and have been building up my clientele. In June 2018, I pre-launched Yadid'it! Sustainable Dog Rescue and have been working on brand recognition since then. Fast forward to today, 2019, I’ve launched my campaign for my organizations to move into their very own, built-to-spec space. To some, it’s a whirlwind of events. To me, it’s a passionate pursuit in a career that was meant for me.
Over the years, I have developed a unique training program that incorporates the whole family, children included. I've also incorporated a number of my own personal experiences as a trainer since completing my certification course.
My first dog Ember, and I, we saved each other. I was at my lowest point after a sexual assault, when I read Grandin's book and realized training dogs was my true calling. I enrolled in my certification program and after a couple months of studying, went to a shelter to adopt a dog who would accompany me, and hopefully assist me, on my journey becoming a dog-trainer. What I got was so much more than that. Realizing my calling, learning how to train dogs, adopting Ember, these were the first steps in my journey of self-discovery and healing my past trauma. I got my personal power back, learned to regulate my emotions, and I learned that my needs could be met while also meeting the needs and showing up for another living being. In light of the current political climate and the #METOO movement, I knew I had to create this experience for other abandoned dogs and my fellow survivors.
As a Reiki level-1 certified healer, I've integrated energy healing to cultivate the mind and spirit in training because I’ve seen firsthand how successfully it's inclusion can rehabilitate undesired reactivity and lack of impulse control both in dogs and their owners. I have also seen how the lack of training in the rescue-dog adoption process leads to a high adoption return-rate. These reasons are, in large part, the motivation that led me to start the sister non-profit organization.
Utilizing my tried and true methodology of result-based balanced-training I set off on my own to help dogs and their owners better communicate with one another. Recently, I’ve developed a partnership between my Dog Training/Sustainable Dog Rescue and the home-schooling community of the Triangle to mentor and empower young women who struggle with confidence and social anxiety. I am diligently working towards my Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) certification, a certification in Acute Canine Herbalism and Level 2 as a Reiki Healing Practitioner.