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Ann guides you and your dog to success with proven, science-based, positive reinforcement dog training methods.
You and your dog learn new skills and build your relationship – without the negative fallout from harsher methods that many ‘quick fix’ trainers use.
She has the same compassion with her human students as she does with her canine ones, helping them to be more effective, kind and connected dog-parents.
Credentials/Certifications: CPDT-KA, ABC-DT, Fear Free, AKC Evaluator
Professional Memberships: APDT, PPG, Thrive!
A US Navy veteran and former Federal employee, Ann brings a breadth of experience and insight to her training. She realized her calling years ago when she was working HR issues with a fellow veteran who introduced her to his service dog.
The rest, as they say, is history: she volunteered, got paid to work the best job ever, completed certifications, started an LLC and made that calling her full-time passion.
Always thirsty for more knowledge about dogs and training, Ann regularly participates in professional development workshops, conferences and classes.
“I have received so much positive feedback from my neighbors”
“I have received so much positive feedback from my neighbors since she has begun work with us in regards to the changes they have seen with my rambunctious pit bull mix rescue.”
Certifications and Professional Memberships
CPDT-KA – Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed
What this means: In a completely unregulated industry, this certification means your trainer has at least 300 hours of training experience, has passed an independently administered exam covering several dog training-related disciplines and has the support of peers and a veterinarian regarding positive relationships with clients and safe handling of dogs. In order to maintain this certification, CPDT-KA trainers must earn 36 hours of continuing education and recertify every three years.
ABC-DT – Graduate of Animal Behavior College’s Dog Training
A year-long course of study and training with a mentor.
APDT – Professional Member, Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
All members must adhere to non-aversive training methods and aspire toward Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive (LIMA) strategies to modify behavior and train.
PPG – Member, Pet Professional Guild (PPG)
CPR & FIRST AID – Certified through PetTech
CERTIFIED EVALUATOR FOR AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB – American Kennel Club evaluator for Canine Good Citizen (AKC CGC, Advanced & Urban)
ORGANIZATIONAL INVOLVEMENT – Tampa trainer for American Humane’s Pups4Patriots Program and the Golden Retriever Rescue of Mid-Florida.
REGISTERED TRAINER – TRUTH IN TRAINING – Registered in Hillsborough County, Florida (Truth in Training Ordnance). All trainers (except service dog trainers) must register with the county, successfully complete a background investigation and provide clients with required documentation.
FEAR FREE CERTIFIED - Completing the Fear Free Animal Trainer Program allows trainers to work in partnership with veterinary teams to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress and improve an animal’s emotional wellbeing during veterinary care and home care.
Meet George A. Bulldog
– Picks up dropped items
– Pulls laundry out of the dryer and gives it to mom
– Answers yes/no questions and uses buttons to request his favorite things
– Rides a skateboard
– Opens the foot-open trashcan
– Gives high-fives, fist bumps and waves
– Plus: Does the basics and other tasks
– Shows how easy and fun training can be with the right approach
(follow him on Instagram @GeorgeABulldog )
"Working with Ann was so easy!
"Working with Ann was so easy!
She had as much patience with us as she did with our puppies."
We love our planet as much as we love dogs.
To minimize our carbon footprint, we walk to clients when possible, limit drive zones, offer remote lessons and give some of our proceeds towards removing some of the carbon footprint we create.