Dog Whisperer Cultivates Canine-Human Friendships

Martin Bell found his calling early in life. He grew up with hunting dogs and word soon spread in his small town in England that he had an uncanny ability to connect with canines. He was recruited to coach the parish priest’s compulsive runaway to stay, and the local post office’s incessant barker to hush. By age 13, Bell was training dogs professionally.

Bell’s reputation has since followed him across the Atlantic to Texas, where he has been a dog whisperer in Houston since 1996 at the 20-acre Shelmar Kennels just outside of Old Town Katy. His canine connection has rubbed off on his wife Shelly who has also become a leading dog whisperer in Houston. Shelmar was a moniker derived from combining the couple’s first names.

Bell’s natural instinct coupled with decades of experience in working with dogs has made him a master trainer. His focus is not only to modify a dog’s behavior but also educate its family to maintain a healthy, synergetic relationship. He approaches his vocation with a Zen mindset.

“Training a dog is not a race. It happens slowly one day at a time,” Bell said. “I have a real talent for teaching people how to maintain good balance in their lives in general, and specifically between family and dog. My real skill in this business is not dog training per se but communicating how to maintain the dog’s good behavior. I’m a kind ear but I don’t let owners get away with fairytales. I pull them short when I see that the issue is manmade.”

Shelmar Kennels is the only dog obedience school in Houston to offer a homeschooling program, a compassionate boot camp for dogs. Analogous to providing foster care for troubled kids, the Bells adopt dogs into their own home for four to six weeks to inculcate discipline and socialize them to a family environment. The couple has 12 dogs of their own – ranging from prize-winning trial dogs to animals rescued from being destroyed – that serve as role models to the trainees. Bell has won seven of the eight trials he has entered and is grooming six of his pups for trials.

“Control in dogs is like an elastic band; the longer it gets the thinner it gets until it snaps,” Bell said. “You can tie a knot in it but it will never be as strong again. Allowing a dog to roam wild will inevitably lead to unwanted behaviors and when the dog gets out of control he will be much harder to reel back into control. Not allowing the band to stretch tight in the first place is the best way to stop it from breaking.”

Besides obedience training and boarding, the Houston dog whisperer also provides surgery recovery, injury rehabilitation and physical conditioning programs. And a one-acre lake at the Shelmar compound is utilized to conduct water therapy for dogs recovering from injury as well as fitness regimens for dogs training to get in shape. Log onto to learn more, or call 281-371-2554.

Ami Moore Educates At YMCA Children’s Health Fair

Contact:  NICE





Update: It’s Time For Real Solutions On  Dog Bite Prevention For Children

Dog Bites  More Lethal Than Swine Flu

Ami Moore, The Expert Dog Training Expert provides an insiders look on dog bite prevention at the 12th  Annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day.  In urban areas, like Chicago  children are facing an epidemic of dog bites. The culprit? The family dog!

(Chicago, IL)—You needn’t look far for information on dog bite prevention for babies and children.  The question  Ami Moore, the Memphis Dog Coach asks is this: are you really getting the full story on aggressive dogs? If the mainstream media provides any clues, the answer is no!

Ami Moore, the Chicago Dog Expert,  a leading expert in dog training, aggressive dog rehabilitation and dog obedience training revealed, “It’s time we separate fact from fiction, and myths from truths. The real story here is that bad owners create biting dogs. The best way to stop children from suffering from dog bites is to hold the dog owner responsible for the actions of their dog.”

As a member of NICE, The National Institute of Canine Experts, Ami Moore provides dog bite prevention programs to community groups, social groups, business groups, schools and churches free of charge. “It is my duty as a citizen of Chicago to do my part in ensuring that our city is safe for children.” Ami continues, “Dog bites to children have reached epidemic proportions due to owner ignorance, laziness and irresponsibility.  Teaching children how to protect themselves from dog bites  with a fun and informative program Bite Prevention Program is my way of giving back to the community.”

Attendance as the 12th Annual Healthy Kids Day exceed expectations. The children and parents were delighted to interact with Ami Moore, the Memphis Dog Coach.  As a American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizenship Evaluator, Ami Moore distributed coloring books, activity books and other prizes that were provided by the AKC.

Ami said, “ The one thing that distressed me the most at the health fair is that most of the children and about half of the parents have already had a negative experience with a dog. My heart breaks for the unnecessary trauma that these people had suffered. Education would have prevented all of this.”

Ami Moore, called by some the chicago dog whisperer, operates a boutique dog training company that services Chicago and all of America. Ami Moore uses her experience as a teacher, occupational therapist and coach to provide solutions for all of her dog related problems. Ami Moore is the author of “Alphatude Attitude” and is a trusted authority on dog aggression, dog bites and rehabilitator of aggressive dogs. Ami Moore has assisted the Illinois animal control officers, dog bite lawyers and concerned dog owners in rehabilitating dangerous dogs and is able to provide expert witness testimony in dog bite litigation.   Ami Moore can be reached at or at 847-284-7760.