Hello, I’m Pete. For the past three years I have worked as a dog walker in Atlanta, and during that time I realized I want to learn as much as I can about dog behavior. I am passionate about working with all animals, but in particular those that are shy or aggressive. Every dog requires a different approach, and I love learning what each dog needs to succeed. The primary goal of training, I believe, is to deepen and enrich the connection you have with your dog, and to guide your dog to make great choices that will benefit both of you. The more you understand about the ways in which your dog learns, the easier it is to build a bond with your dog based on trust, love and mutual respect. I have lived all over the U.S. where I’ve been a student, a barista, a teacher, a dishwasher and a writer. I look forward to working with you!
From a tender age I have always had a deep love and empathy for dogs and animals in general. After school my parents would usually find me in the back yard playing with the dogs for hours on end.
My formal background in dog training started in 2009. I joined the South African National Defence force. Being in the military I earned my certificate in:
- Basic obedience.
- Obstacle course.
- Attack training.
- Patrol training.
- Dog first aid.
Years later I still receive a great sense of fulfillment and purpose when working with dogs. I thoroughly enjoy using specific methods of training and seeing dogs progress and achieve great things working alongside mankind, enhancing the bond by bringing a sense of clarity and understanding for both man and dog.
I’ve had pets of various species all my life, but really fell in love with teaching dogs when I adopted and trained my first Boston Terrier (“Sigmund”). In fact, I loved it so much I left my career in advertising to work full-time with dogs and their owners. I especially enjoy helping setting up puppies and their new owners for success, and working with anxious or reactive dogs to evolve them into confident and centered companions using Nosework and Trick training. In fact, both my Bostons (Sigmund and his rescued “brother from another mother” Edgar) have AKC Intermediate Trick Dog titles, and love showing off their skills such as rolling over, shutting doors, or barking on command. I love teaching Nosework for fun rather than competition, and showing owners fun and easy canine enrichment activities to increase confidence, reduce boredom, and enhance the bond with their dogs.
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 Aden and I’m an Animal Behavior College certified trainer. My home has never been without cats and dogs, and the bonds that I share with them are priceless. I love spending time with animals, so when I am not working you can find me volunteering at local animal shelters or birdwatching!
I have experience dealing with all types of canine behaviors and I take a proactive approach to training through positive reinforcement methods. I believe all dogs need structure and enrichment in order to live their happiest life. I am passionate about guiding families to find the perfect solution for them and their pup, with the ultimate goal of creating harmony in the home. I look forward to meeting you and your pet!
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.