Mutts Understood​

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​​Karen Phillips, Owner/Trainer

Chance "High Five's" Karen

My professional journey started with learning more about training methodologies and became a Certified Dog Trainer through Animal Behavior College, (ABCDT).  I continued my studies and achieved Certified Training Partner status with Karen Pryor Academy (KPA CTP).  Both programs are founded on positive reinforcement training backed by science and learning theory. 

The certification programs provided me the skills to effectively interact with dogs, and through continuing education those skills are strengthened.  But it's from each dog that I'm given the opportunity to work with that I learn something to become a better trainer for them. 

I'm a dog lover first, having had at least one dog companion most of my life - all in various sizes, mixed breeds and rescues .  With each one, my compassion for dogs grew deeper. When we rescued Chance (our yellow lab) as a stray, I realized that I needed help to train her.  I  just couldn’t seem to connect with her to achieve even the most basic manners.  Through the experience of working with a professional trainer, and seeing Chance’s true personality shine through, my compassion turned into a passion to pursue. 

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