James Tirrell

Position: Kennel Attendant
Current Home: Cranston, RI
Hire Date: June 17, 2021

James has always had animals in his life.  His family has a history, going back multiple generations, of adopting stray and rescue cats.  This is something that has always been a source of joy and fulfillment in his family for many years.  

But some of his fondest childhood memories are of his dog Lou, an Irish Setter.  In addition to being a loyal and loving companion, Lou was highly energetic and playful.  James was taught from a young age to harness Lou’s energy in a positive way and to responsibly provide an outlet to accommodate his natural need for work and play.  Because James focused on being a good leader, Lou became a balanced and happy dog.  

For most of his life, James has been the go-to dog sitter for his relatives.  James “professional” dog experience has been through his work at a doggy daycare where he handled a large volume of dogs and a variety of breeds.  It was there he learned that, even though certain behavioral characteristics may be distinct to a specific breed, all dogs are unique and there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to managing them.  Indeed, being a Packleader for our dogs is as much of an art form that as it is a science!

James is also an eager learner and believes education is an ongoing endeavor.  He is constantly updating his dog-training knowledge and incorporating it into his kennel work.  

James asks questions and clearly enjoys learning.   He is always picking our trainer’s brains and enjoys listening to podcasts on dog behavior and psychology.  He is a firm believer in the maxim “to train a dog, you must train a human” — in other words, to be an effective leader for our dogs, it’s our responsibility to learn about and understand their behavior. 

James currently resides in Cranston, RI.  In addition to being a kennel attendant, James is a freelance and contract graphic designer who works for design firms and clients in the New England area.  


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