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We’re not happy until you’re happy

A happy owner makes a happy dog. And happy owners and dogs make for happy trainers. Our goal is to help you reach your training goals – and we’re not satisfied until you are.

Lynn Dowrick, CPDT-KA
Experience and Qualifications

Lynn has been training dogs for more than 20 years. She is a certified professional dog trainer – knowledge assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, the only independent testing organization in the country. As a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the Pet Professional Guild and the dog division of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, she is firmly committed to positive, scientifically-sound training methodologies, and to ongoing professional development.

Lynn’s continuing education includes attending the annual APDT conferences, professional seminars, and reading the latest scientific and industry thinking about dogs, dog behavior, and behavioral modification. She is also an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and helps new owners get off on the right foot with their new family members.

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It’s Not All About the Dog

Effective dog training is every bit as much about working with and supporting dog owners as it is working with dogs. Lynn uses her background in corporate communication and her degree in communication studies to support her human clients in acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to enjoy the best behaved dog possible. She values listening closely to her clients’ concerns and goals, whether in a private or class setting, in order to craft the advice, plans, feedback, and instruction best suited to each dog-handler team under her care.

Lynn’s First “Case”

Lynn was destined to be a dog trainer, though her early attempts were not so successful. At age 5, she asked a friend to bring her new puppy over to meet Lynn’s cat. BAD idea!

Herman the cat, curled up in Lynn’s lap, took one look at the puppy and clawed his way up Lynn’s face, over her head, and down her back. Superficial injuries aside, Lynn's feelings were what hurt the most. There’s an emotional component to dog training that is often overlooked when trainers rely on cookie-cutter approaches to training. Lynn understands that it’s not simply an inconvenience to live with a dog who is misbehaving. It can also be frustrating, stressful, embarrassing, even frightening. Lynn sees her goal as not just training dogs, but of providing peace of mind to clients. Her job is creating both happy dogs and happy humans.

“Lynn is patient, knowledgeable, and compassionate with both four-legged and two-legged mammals. Her enthusiasm for her work and her clients is unmistakable.”
—Stevee Duber
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