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About Doggone Connection

The "Doggone Connection" is the place where we realize that the dog is the teacher and we are the student. In that awareness is where learning occurs. It is a place where we humble our self to be still and listen with an open heart and mind to appreciate that much of the dog's behavior is a reflection of our own behavior.  The purpose of our program is to help people understand normal dog behavior and  modify annoying behavior to enjoy a relationship of mutual trust, respect and affection with their dog (and all animals).  The Doggone Connection eliminates the consideration of abandonment or relinquishment.

We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.
~ Henry Beston

"The best and most beautiful things cannot be seen or touched -
they must be felt with the heart ."
~ Helen Keller

Facilitators with more than 40 years of combined experience offer understanding, flexibility, and individual attention to provide a wide range of services to help others reach this "Doggone Connection" including:

  • Companion Dog Training
  • Puppy Training and Socialization
  • Problem Behavior Consulting
  • Private Consulting 
  • Pregnancy/Baby/Dog Safety Counseling
  • Speaking Engagements
Meet the Trainers:

Warren G. Patitz, BA.RN. has a degree in religious studies from Ohio Wesleyan University and a nursing degree from I.U.P.U.I. in Indianapolis. He was introduced to "dog training" as a competitive sport in 1980, and grew to realize that the real opportunity was not winning competitions but rather understanding and experiencing our relationship with all the animals with whom we share the planet. Warren has been a training facilitator in the Indianapolis area for more than 25 years and is privileged to work with others who complete the Doggone Connection team.

Wes Anderson, BSEE, BS Math, MS Statistics.  Wes is a statistician in clinical operations at Eli Lilly And Company and founder of the Lilly Pet Owners Club.  He completed the course on dog cognition "The Cognitive Dog" from the psychology department extension of Harvard University.  His studies include canine training and behavior modification through workshops, videos, and books.  He is a sponsor at the Wolf Park Research Center in Battleground, Indiana and Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). Interests include:  obedience competition, clicker training, working with assistance dogs for the disabled (ICAAN program), pet therapy, behavior rehabilitation of shelter and rescue dogs, and scientific research on dog behavior and cognition.

Becky Schneider, RD is the dietitian and cook at her daughter's preschool as well as a personal chef.  Becky completed the "DOGS" course at the nationally recognized Purdue Animal Behavior Clinic in addition to attending the Animal Arts Academy for dog grooming.

Brad Kupper is a Business Development/Marketing Manager for a local roofing company. He and his dog Jackson are volunteers with Paws and Think. Paws and Think is a nonprofit organization matching the potential of at-risk youths with canines to enhance the lives of adults and children with special needs in central Indiana. He is also a volunteer with Best Friends Animal Society as an Education Ambassador.

Cara Lanciotti enjoys volunteering with her Certified Therapy Dog, Lady, through Therapy Dogs International at the local public library helping children improve their reading skills. She is also a volunteer and foster parent for the rescue organization Love of Labs, IN and furlough volunteer for the Indiana Canine Assistance Network. Additionally, Cara loves to do various activities with horses.

Angie Huser, a licensed insurance agent, and Leo Huser, a robotics technician and plumber, are the newest team to Doggone Connection. They have two dogs that are certified therapy dogs and are members of the local chapter of Love on a Leash, a national pet provided therapy organization. Angie is the Orientation Leader, Volunteer, and Visit Coordinator for the local chapter. Both of the dogs achieved their certification using reward-based training through Doggone Connection and consistent training every day. Both Angie and Leo help others work with their dogs to obtain therapy certification and are thrilled to be a part of Team Doggone Connection. Angie is also former vet student through the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. She still studies canine medicine and behavior as a hobby, but does not practice.

Amy Frazer, RN. has been a dedicated and long-time volunteer at Indianapolis Animal Control, dog rescuer, and integral part of the animal welfare community for years.

Christina Curtis is a long-time volunteer at Indianapolis Animal Control and a committed dog rescuer of mainly herding and "high-energy" dogs. She and her son, Chandler, enjoy disc dog competition and have been on the national radar for a number of years.

Others who have contributed to the growth of Doggone Connection and moved along to other training venues:

Eileen Udry, has a doctoral degree in human performance and learning. She completed the "DOGS" course at the nationally recognized Purdue Animal Behavior Clinic and is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer through the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). Eileen was instrumental in advancing the development of the training program for the local service dog organization, Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN).  Eileen is the founder of Redefining Dogs, a service and education non-profit that exists to enhance local shelter dogs' adoptability, maximize shelter dogs. quality of life and help shelter dogs reach their potential.

Tom Fitton, MS. is an interested student of furniture construction and design. Tom completed the "DOGS" course at the nationally recognized Purdue Animal Behavior Clinic and has assisted with dog training classes through several local shelters and training facilities.

Meg M. Zachwieja, BS, PT is a physical therapist who has worked with family dogs since childhood when she participated in obedience training.  Her own special dogs have been her teachers and because of this experience she maintains a special affection for the difficult dogs and a respect for the humans living with them.  Meg is active in the rescue community, as well.  Meg particularly enjoys making dog training and human-canine interaction fun. The more fun the better!

"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person."
~ Andrew A. Rooney


2238 East 62nd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46220
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Indianapolis, IN 46237
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Noblesville, IN 46060
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Fishers, IN 46038
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Office: 317-891-3290