Most Fine Canine, INC.

About

Training Dogs and Their Handlers Since 2000

History

Leslie Horton is the founder and owner of Most Fine Canine Inc. (formerly known as One Fine Canine Inc.) Most Fine Canine Inc.  has been training dogs and their handlers since March 2000.  Leslie is a 2000 graduate of National K-9 School of Dog Trainers. She is Pet Partner Team Member with 4 dogs, and is a Pet Partner Team Instructor and Evaluator.  She holds certifications as a Certified Dog Trainer, Certified Dog Trainer Advanced, Professional Dog Trainer Instructor, and Certified Service Dog Trainer.

Leslie is a final placement trainer for service dogs for children and adults with neurological and mobility disabilities, including, but not limited to, multiple sclerosis, degenerative arthritis, autism, deafness, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries.  She is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) and is an active member of 3 of the IACPs committees: Service Dog, Therapy Dog, and Legislative. She received the 2014 IACP Member of the Year Award and was inducted into the IACP Hall of Fame in 2015. 

Leslie started the Animal Assisted Care (AAC) Program on the Inova Fairfax Hospital Campus in 2001.  The Inova Fairfax Hospital Campus includes 4 acute care hospitals and has an 800-bed capacity.  As the coordinator of the AAC Program, Leslie oversees the handler/canine teams and built an animal assisted care program that is internationally recognized as a leader in animal-assisted therapy.  She and her first canine Pet Partner, Chug, were recipients of the Delta Society 2005 Beyond Limits Award for Outstanding AAT Professionals. 

Leslie and her dogs have been featured in the Washington Post, the Washington Times, US News and World Report, Fox 5 News, WUSA Channel 7 News, and Reuters News. She was a member of the U.S. Department of Transportation Regulation/Negotiation Workgroup looking as service dogs and ESAs on airlines and the Airline Access Carriers Act. She has been a speaker at multiple conferences regarding the laws and training of service dogs.

Leslie is a registered nurse with over 30 years experience in critical care nursing and holds current certification in adult critical care nursing.  She graduated with a Diploma RN in 1983 from the Ohio Valley Hospital School of Nursing, Steubenville, OH; a B.S. in Business Administration in 1989 from West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV; and a Masters in Business Administration in January 2009 from Hood College, Frederick, MD.

Leslie is committed to helping animals and their handlers to respect each other and to exist in a peaceful manner.  Leslie loves all types of animals and currently owns 3 birds, a bunny and 5 dogs. One of her dogs is a mobility service animal, which assists her with her own neurological disability.  She has a Labrador Retriever, a German Shepherd, a miniature Dachshund, and 2 Chihuahuas.

 

 

 

 

 Leslie Horton with her new Service Dog, "Hero" as a puppy. 

Leslie Horton with her new Service Dog, "Hero" as a puppy.