Friends have told me that I am an animal whisperer. While I would not go that far, I find that I do have the ability to understand their language and to speak to them. I have always had a love for all animals, great and small, and can’t remember a time when they were not a part of my life. After I rescued my dog Cody in 2014, I knew that I wanted to create the opportunity to work with animals. I am now a professional pet sitter, and I am a graduate of Animal Behavior College. I became a dog trainer because I wanted to help people understand how to communicate with animals. I believe in using positive training methods to build a partnership between people and their pets, and to create a safe, enjoyable learning experience for the dogs and their people. My goal is to help pet parents to build a loving bond of trust with their pets and help them learn to be “good dogs”.
I have had dogs my entire life and was known as the neighborhood walker as a child. An incredibly active kid, my mom jokes I’d only sit still if I was petting an animal. After working in hospitality I knew I needed animals to be fulfilled. I went into pet care looking for a way to help people and pets. Petsitting and dog walking in the Atlanta area for over five years I found both my dogs living on the street. Bug was in really rough shape and needed a lot of training. This little pibble inspired me to take my love of animals to the next level and in March of 2017 I passed my CPDT-KA dog training certification test after 300 hours of experience. My passion is rescue and rehabilitation, keeping dogs in their homes and out of shelters. I do this by keeping them well exercised through pet sitting and walking and focusing on positive training.
Hi, I’m Bonita. I am a Certified Dog Trainer with PetSmart and Petco since 2007. As a little girl I would read books and practice on my friends dogs as well as my own. It wasn’t until my daughter passed, at age 8, that I ever thought about making a career of caring for dogs. So after 20+ years in the Optical field I started my very successful Pet Sitting and Dog Walking company in 2000. I have 3 years experience as a Veterinary technician. Caring for and training dogs has truly been a joy not a job for me! I have trained deaf dogs as well as humans with physical and mental challenges. Through positive reinforcement anything can be accomplished. I believe my background in Childhood Psychology along with my natural ability to communicate with animals has allowed me to be as successful as I am today. I am very grateful for the gift I have and being allowed to share with pet parents the life changing experience obedience training makes. Our lives are so much more enriched when we can effectively communicate with our four legged, wet nose, fluffy partners in life.
Kyle – Assistant Trainer
Hi, I’m Kyle. I was born and raised in Georgia. Animals of all sorts have always been a part of my family. I have a love of the outdoors and everything dealing with wild and domesticated animals. I have had some emergency medical training for dogs, which I obtained by working in the no-kill animal shelter side of the dog business, along with a great deal of behavioral training with some of the more stubborn and strong willed type of dogs that these shelters see. I spent three years in the animal rescue industry before getting my start at Frogs to Dogs in 2014. Ever since then helping with your dogs obedience and other training has been my personal goal. I’d love to meet your fur babies sometime!
I am a graduate of Animal Behavior College and a forever animal lover. My goal as a trainer has always been to help build a strong bond between pets and their parents. I believe in using positive reinforcement when training so that your dog is able to learn and grow in a safe environment with you as their trusted leader. With these skills, both you and your dog will learn to understand and communicate with one another, but also bring out the best in each other. Our dogs aren’t just pets, they’re family and deserve to be treated as such and I promise to do just that.
My name is Caren. Training dogs is just one of the many ways I’ve found to fill my world with animals. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Communication, Education and Interpretation. I foster rescues, pet sit and am also a professional groomer. In my career I have trained a variety of birds, both birds of prey as well as pets, pigs, porcupines, rats and even a Tamandua. I believe in using gentle, positive methods that strengthen the bond between pets and parents. That way, both the pups and parents are more engaged and have a higher likelihood of success.
I believe that your dog has the ability to greatly contribute to your overall wellness. Where tails seem to be simply wagging, heart rate is decreasing. Wet noses are magical, as they somehow make us feel better when we are in pain. Your dog’s invitation to play provides an alternative for human struggle. Dogs are the kings of positive regard, and I hope to help you tap in to your pet’s full potential. My most passionate goal in life is to facilitate happy and healthy human-animal alliances. I completed my master’s degree from Georgia State University in Mental Health Counseling in 2015, and I am now working on my PhD in general psychology with a focus in animal assisted therapy. In training, I will continuously work to increase communication between you and your dog. Positive reinforcement will be our currency, and we will build a partnership that enhances both of your lives.
I have always had dogs around when growing up on a small tree farm in Michigan. Through this I was also exposed to wide variety of wildlife and farm animals. My love of animals developed and grew during these younger years. Since then I have always kept myself surrounded by animals, everything from the smallest gerbils to dogs, and snakes to birds. I moved to Atlanta from my home state of Michigan in 2008 and have been working professionally with animals since then. One of my favorite aspects of working with animals is giving rescues the second chance that they truly deserve and helping their rescuers provide for all their social, mental and physical needs.
Hello! I’m Gina. I have a Masters Degree in Psychology with a concentration in animal behavior. My thesis project focused on the effectiveness of environmental enrichment with the animals in our care. I have been training marine mammals for over 10 years and specializing in husbandry behaviors through positive reinforcement. I am interested in using my experiences to teach the importance of investing time and energy into training dogs a solid repertoire of husbandry behaviors. Most importantly, I want to work with dog owners on the training techniques to facilitate grooming and veterinary procedures in a positive and safe manner. I am also very excited to educate clients on methods of enhancing their dog’s lives every day with different enrichment options.
While attending the University of Horticulture in my home town of Budapest, Hungary, I studied plant cultivation and animal behavior. As a result of my studies, I became heavily involved with animal rescue work and behavioral training. When I came to the U.S. over 20 years ago I continued my work with animals and I completed my animal behavior certification, which incorporated many different training techniques. My preferred training specialty is in non-confrontational methods and I have experienced great success for many years with that methodology. I am committed to loving all animals and educating all humans through positive reinforcement and gentle handling.