About Esther Horn and the Horn Pack…
Up until 2002, I enjoyed a full career as an American Airlines captain. Since my retirement, my life’s journey has taken me on a new adventure inspiring what is now—Hands On Paws. I have blended my love of dogs with training and wellness topics—which have always been high priority in the Horn household.
Through education, I am able to share discipline, guidance, and healthy alternatives with my canine loving clients in a safe and cost effective manner. I keep up-to-date on current practices through continuing education and professional development by attending a number of seminars and reviewing industry literature. Hands On Paws is well respected and referred by local veterinarians and dog professionals. In my spare time you will find me participating in Agility and AKC Obedience events with my pack and volunteering at the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter.
I am a graduate of the Wags and Wiggles Apprenticeship Program, a registered member of both the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork and proudly earned the Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) distinction.
Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers CCPDT
“The CCPDT’s certification program is based on humane training practices and the latest scientific knowledge related to dog training. Competence and continued growth in training practices is promoted through the recertification of qualified professionals.”
AKC CGC Approved Evaluator
The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) is a certification program that is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community.
Pet Tech International, Inc
Certified PetTech Instructor of Pet CPR, First Aid & Care
PetTech International, Inc. Carlsbad, CA
Holistic Small Animal Massage
Holistic Small Animal Massage—Therapist
Ojai School of Massage, Ojai, CA
The Association of Pet Dog Trainers
The Association of Pet Dog Trainers, member since 2002 “A conscientious trainer will stay informed about innovations in dog training, behavior tools and techniques.”
Best Friends Animal Society
Member since 2003. “Membership at the Best Friends Animal Society supports the 2000 special needs animals at the sanctuary and the life-saving programs throughout the nation and the world.”
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Member since 2004. The ASPCA was the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Our mission, as stated by their founder, Henry Bergh, in 1866 is ‘to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.’The ASPCA works to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with shelters nationwide.
Humane Society of the United States
Member since 2004. “The HSUS is a mainstream voice for animals, with active programs in companion animals, wildlife and habitat protection, animals in research, and farm animals.”
Anti-Cruelty Society Chicago
Member since 1998. “Since 1899, The Anti-Cruelty Society has been committed to serving the needs of companion animals and the humans who care for–and about–them.”
The Pet Project Foundation
Member since 2002. “Lost and abandoned animals have a second chance at a good life– thanks to the Pet Project Foundation and the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter.” Esther Horn spearheaded the Pro-Humane Education program in 2005.
International Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork
International Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork member since 2004. “Through our educational conferences, publications and strong internet presence we enhance understanding and professional acceptance of the animal directed disciplines of massage, acupressure, Reiki, sound/music, healing touch, flower essence, aromatherapy.”
The City of San Clemente
The City of San Clemente recognized Esther Horn two times as, “Achiever of the Quarter,” for her volunteer commitment to the San-Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter during the second quarter of 2006 and the first quarter of 2007.