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    Turn psychic with help from dog whisperer Shirin Merchant

    Reading a dog’s mind is not as easy as you would think. “For example, when you return home to find your pet has chewed up your shoes, it’s not due to vengeance but because he was probably worried sick,” says Shirin Merchant, world-renowned canine behaviourist and trainer. She has been working with dogs and conducting courses for owners for over ten years now and is all set for the launch of her first course in Bangalore. She plans to hold weekend classes, starting tomorrow, every alternate month at Aaskar Pet Resort, Whitefield.

    Mentor’s footsteps
    It was at a workshop at The Kennel Club of India in 1995 that Merchant, one of the few canine behaviourists in the country, met her mentor, Briton John Rogerson, a world famous dog therapist. Spending a few years in London, Merchant worked closely with Rogerson to get to where she is today. In 1998, she set up Canines Can Care, an initiative that conducts various canine-related activities in the country. The organisation is one of the foremost to train assistance dogs in India to help differently-abled owners in their daily chores.

    Canine literature
    Following the success of Canines Can Care, Merchant started the first Indian magazine dedicated to dogs in 2002 —Woof! The Mag With A Wag!. The publication made waves and entered the Limca Book of Records for being the first of its kind in the country.
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