Henderson County has a new dog trainer. While the area has no shortage of talent in the field, this one can claim celebrity status. Lezle Stein, owner of Handle with Care Dog Training (handlewoofcare.com), was featured in the Bad Dog Edition of Marley & Me. The movie, about an incorrigible dog, was a box office smash, and the Blu-ray home edition came with tips from trainers on how to deal with real-life Marleys. Stein’s segment dealt with positive reinforcement. Stein rose to prominence in the dog training realm in her former home of Los Angeles, where she trained celebrities’ dogs and was actively engaged in several nonprofit animal-welfare initiatives. Now, she operates out of two locations: one in Lake Lure, the other in Spindale. She offers private or group therapy, in classes or seminars, and training on-location, in the context of a dog’s triggers. Stein says obedience training is a matter of learning two-way communication, and she insists on using incentives, not punishment, to achieve pro-social results. Stein trains owners to train their dogs, whether for basic etiquette or special tricks. She is now building a high-profile dog-lover portfolio in Western North Carolina, having been instrumental in the startup of the Rutherford County Humane Society, where she continues to volunteer. Her cattle dog, Blau, was featured in an article about his nosework in The Whole Dog.