Meet the Staff

Introducing the Canine Energetics Team (and our dogs)

Sean Dewil, Owner & Dog Handler

Sean Dewil was born and bred in South Africa, growing up at the foot of the regal Table Mountain of Cape Town. Sean completed his schooling at Rondebosch Boys Preparatory and High School, spending his school vacations and family time at the many game parks around Southern Africa. His fascination with and love for wildlife and nature started early. As did his obsession with dogs; as a boy he would always ask his parents, “Will there be dogs?” when they went out. From his first dog – a toy pomeranian – to African Wild dogs, he loves the entire Canidae family. Sean has a natural affinity for animals and while humans are often confused by his accent, he and the dogs understand each other.

Sean Dewil, OwnerAfter school in 1991 he travelled to Zimbabwe and began working in the safari and tourism industry. His understanding of animals and nature helped him interpret the wilds to many clients, be it from boat, vehicle or on foot.  In 1999 he became qualified as a game ranger with FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa). Many adventures later he went to the Kruger National park to work as a project technician on the African Wild Dog (lycaon Pictus) project under Dr. Gus Mills. This project then expanded to the northern provinces of South Africa where he tracked and collected data on packs of endangered Wild Dogs for Dr H. Davies.

Returning to Cape Town, Sean became certified as a Quantum Touch practitioner and headed for Northern California. Upon moving to Mendocino County, he was invited by Dr. Katy Sommers to practice Quantum Touch as part of the Mendocino Animal Hospital Holistic Health Services. There he treated cases ranging from behavioral issues to parvovirus. He developed the Behavioral Rehabilitation Programas a result of his time and experiences he gained at the Hospital. His work with dogs inspired him to start a business. One day he thought, “Why don’t I walk this dog? Or, why don’t I walk all the dogs?” He hatched the idea to start a pack walk service and more.

In 2009, Sean started Canine Energetics in Ukiah, California. The business is designed to allow dogs to socialize in packs under the guidance of experienced dog handlers. In providing pack walks and specialized training, he applies the very same lessons he learned from studying and observing the behavior and pack dynamics of wild dogs. His believes that by restoring a natural balance between animals and humans, we can learn a lot from each other.

“There is something about animals that draws people out of the rigid shell of who they think they are. Being present with dogs breaks down the sense of self and allows you to relate to them based on your intrinsic nature.”

Sean has been a member of IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals) since 2008. He is certified in Pet First Aid and is also in the process of getting certified as a dog trainer  . As Canine Energetics continues to evolve, he hopes to expand their  services .Rattlesnake avoidance training is becoming very popular. He also hopes to spur a nationwide movement to help rehabilitate dogs that are surrendered to animal shelters.

When Sean gets a day off, he is out surfing the coastline, or going kayaking with his dogs, Jema and Mojo.

 

Anwar Verdun, Pack Walk Leader & Dog Handler

Anwar Verdun

Anwar Verdun was born and raised in Oakland until moving to Boonville for high school. He always loved animals and thought he would work with animals, as a herpetologist or a veterinarian. He grew up with dogs and went on to raise chickens and work with horses as part of Future Farmers of America (FFA). When he found Canine Energetics, it was the perfect opportunity to continue doing hands-on work with animals, and spend time outside. Anwar works as a dog handler and leads the daily pack walks. He is certified in Pet First Aid.

“The best part of my job is being on a walk with the dogs out in the open; being free. Just me and the dogs with fresh air and beautiful scenery.”

The more time he spends with dogs, the more he learns. He is fascinated by reading body language and noticing how they respond to their surroundings, and is passionate about helping rehabilitate dogs with behavioral issues. Working as a dog handler has taught him more than he ever expected to learn about dogs, and changed his perspective on the world. It has shown him how to look at the bigger picture and be more patient in dealing with life overall.

Anwar loves to spend time outdoors and cook. His perfect day-off would involve heading to the coast to go diving and then spending time with his family and his dog.

 

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Phone

(707) 391-2387

Email

dogs@canine-energetics.com

Serving Mendocino County

Ukiah, California and surrounding areas

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