Friday, July 25, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Eden Halbert gets four paws up

DSCN6975 ec

Eden Halbert's affection for four-legged friends has turned into a successful boarding and training business. Democrat photo by Noel Stack

By
From page WIB23 | January 31, 2014 |

It’s not that Eden Halbert doesn’t like people. She does, really.

But she’d take a wet nose and a wagging tail over a handshake and a walk in the woods with her dogs over a corporate retreat  … any day of the week.

‘They’re just joyful and being around them is joyful,” Halbert said, explaining her affection for dogs. It was this affection that pulled Halbert out of the Bay Area corporate world almost a dozen years ago and later brought her to El Dorado County in 2007, where she’s the owner and designated dog-lover of Sierra Dogs, an in-home dog boarding and training business. She’s also started Sierra Luna Photography, dedicated to pet photography (portraits and candids).

Halbert has a master’s degree in French literature and work in human resources prior to her tail-wagging career shift.

“Working in the corporate world just sucked out my soul,” she said. “I found myself not wanting to go into work in the morning.”

Her day’s highlight came when she walked by the dog park. Halbert thought, “Too bad I can’t make a living working with dogs.”

Too bad turned into “maybe” when Halbert began researching her options and educating herself. She attended dog training seminars and conferences, joined discussion groups and received certifications. Soon her business blossomed and Halbert found a career that made her smile.

“Like people (dogs) have their own personalities but they’re less complicated,” she said. “I like people well enough but in the end I like dogs better.”

Her greatest satisfaction comes when a dog makes progress, keeping both her and the pooch’s owners happy. Her approach is straightforward, she said. She and the doggy parents sit down and outline goals, schedule and budget “and then they hand over the dog.” Halbert accepts dogs of all ages and her sessions run from two to four weeks, depending on the dog and goals.

The most important goal is to find the “best solution for each family,” whether it be teaching the basics in Puppy Training Camp or curbing bad behavior. When clients return to pick up their dogs, Halbert does a bit of “people training” too, teaching them how to maintain and expand on the progress she’s made with the pooch.

Halbert also happily accepts boarding-only clients. She keeps dogs well-fed and loved while their families are away on vacation, during the holidays or when an emergency occurs and Fido needs to be out of the house for a while.

Halbert said she also enjoys “the business side” of the job — something anyone considering opening their own business should consider — and her “planner by nature” personality ensures she has back-up plans for her back-up plans should an emergency arise. Above all, she said she wants the animals to be in a safe environment.

Working alone can be tough for some people but Halbert said she enjoys the quiet, constructive time she has with the dogs. Besides, she’s not really alone. Even when the four-legged clients go home, Halbert has her assistants Luna, a 10-and-a-half-year-old Alaskan Husky mix, and Vesta, a 5-and-a-half-year-old Siberian Husky mix.

And she never gets bored.

“(This job) always keeps me interested,” Halbert said. “It’s always fresh, never boring.”

For more information about Halbert, Sierra Dogs and Sierra Luna Photography call 530-503-5183 or visit Sierra-Dogs.com.

Comments

comments

.

News

 
Scaffolding issue makes for contentious meeting

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

 
District 2: Candidates debate jobs versus lifestyle

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

Accident: 1 bullet hits 2

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1

 
 
Help available for breastfeeding mothers

By Health and Human Services Agency | From Page: A3

El Dorado County School Board vacancy

By El Dorado County Office of Education | From Page: A8

 
.

Opinion

Something to think about: More than what you see

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A4

 
Popular science

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

The weekly Daley: A good time to be there…

By Chris Daley | From Page: A4

 
.

Letters

Support of Director Prada

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
Uphold the Third Amendment

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Bureaucracy

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
Imagination Theater’s play

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Watch whom you’re calling ‘conservative’

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

 
Fake ‘small farms’ steal from residential EID customers

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

People of Placerville

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
Computer scam phone calls

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

.

Sports

Sports Scene: July 24, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

 
Quarter century later, Rypien wins ACCG again

By Andrew Hazard | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Outside with Charlie: Paddle time

By Charlie Ferris | From Page: A6

 
Midget Lites join tomorrow’s action

By Bill Sullivan | From Page: A6

El Dorado rallies for last-inning victory

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6

 
Rush sit a win from Series

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A7

Tasmanian Devils go undefeated

By Patty Pope | From Page: A7

 
.

Prospecting

El Dorado wines win in Amador

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B1

 
Things to do: July 25, 2014

By Democrat Calendar | From Page: B2

Suds entice the taste buds

By Krysten Kellum | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Rhythm and Views goes bluesy

By | From Page: B3

Have an Hawaiian vacation at Carson Road wineries

By Carson Road Winery Asociation | From Page: B3Comments are off for this post | Gallery

 
Summer fun is happening in Twain Harte

By Fire On | From Page: B4Comments are off for this post

Manzanita doubles the music

By Table Nectar And Manzanita | From Page: B5

 
Recording artist at Busby Cellars

By News Release | From Page: B6

Hands4Hope hosts school supply drive

By News Release | From Page: B6

 
Supergroup plays Harris Center

By Carrera Productions | From Page: B6

Artists invited to go western

By Art On The Divide | From Page: B7

 
Visit Tahoe artists during tour

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: B7

Reggae on the River celebrates 30 years

By Reggae On | From Page: B7Comments are off for this post

 
.

Essentials

Lake levels 7-24-14

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

 
Crime Log: July 11-13

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

Building permits 7/7-11/2014

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

 
.

Obituaries

Wallace Murrel Thomas

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
.

Real Estate

How to have a garden party, minus the whining

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS3

 
Most common mistakes homebuyers make

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

.

Comics

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A9

 
Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A9

Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A9

 
Working It Out

By Contributor | From Page: A9

Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A9

 
Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A9

Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A9

 
New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Horoscope, Sunday, July 27, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A10

 
Horoscope, Saturday, July 26, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Horoscope, Friday, July 25, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A10

 
.

Home Source

How to have a garden party, minus the whining

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS3

Most common mistakes homebuyers make

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4