Shala Johnson, Pet Care Technician
Shala came to DogBoy’s Dog Ranch in January 2015, with a background in Business Management and Finance. She is excited to step away from the desk to pursue her passion for dogs.
As a child, Shala loved spending quality time with her Black Lab, teaching her all the tricks she could. Her current dogs, a Chihuahua/Rat Terrier mix and a French Bulldog, are eagerly and patiently earning treats via clicker training, as Shala is a new student to the topic.
Fueled by a desire to help others reach their potential and attain their goals, Shala also has recently wrapped up a career working with children, ages two through nine, in the education setting where she brought her sports business to various preschools and elementary schools as an enrichment program offering. The business was a franchise focused around a detailed specialized sports curriculum scientifically researched to help children, at specific ages, reach critical landmarks in cognitive, emotional, physical, and social development.
Although Shala loves to work with children, she still has had an ongoing burning desire to do the same with dogs, with the ultimate goal of becoming a trainer of guide dogs. Her hope is to one day train a guide dog for her sister who is deaf and legally blind, due to Usher syndrome type I. Shala’s sister does not share her appreciation for dogs and their ability to enrich people’s lives, but that is not stopping Shala from holding out hope that one day she will be able to present to her sister the gift of a guide dog that is the right fit to enable her to experience higher levels of freedom, safety, and quality of life than what is possible without the assistance of a guide dog.
In the mean time, Shala is enjoying being a full-time student of dog behavior while working as a pet care tech at DogBoy’s and reading books on the subject in her spare time. She is eagerly embracing her opportunity to work with the people and canines of DogBoy’s and loves the family feel that DogBoy and DogGirl have created at the Dog Ranch.