All of our trainers and staff members are individuals who love working with dogs and their humans to create a balanced, peaceful household. We take pride and joy in seeing behavioral issues fixed, good obedience learned, and advanced specialty training acquired.
Founder and CEO
Sarah grew up with dogs and would go to training for her family dogs with her mom growing up. In her early 20s she started having some health problems and decided to look into getting a service dog as a treatment option. In August of 2016 she found her Black Lab/Australian Shepherd mix Trisha (who is the dog in the Canine Coaching Institute logo) and adopted her from the humane society. They began service dog training right away with a local trainer. Once the training was done Sarah realized she had a real passion and talent for working with dogs and decided to pursue it as a career. She continued to study under their service dog trainer for another year and a half as she began Canine Coaching Institute, LLC in August of 2017. Sarah is an AKC CGC certified tester and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). She is currently studying for her CPDT-KA test that she plan to take fall of 2019, in addition to taking several other classes and seminars both online and in person. She loves to learn and improve her techniques. The learning never stops!
Paula is Canine Coaching Institute's Office Administrator. She helps with things like scheduling, phone calls, emails, etc. Paula also occasionally helps with meetings and training sessions. In her free time Paula loves training and playing with her dogs Taco and Frankie. Her family keeps her quite busy as well and she greatly enjoys her primary job as a hair stylist.
Nick is a Canine Coaching Institute Intern. After going through service dog training with his dog Ranger, Nick realized he really enjoyed dog training and had a natural ability to read animals. He began the Canine Coaching Institute Intern Program in June of 2018 and plans to complete it within one year. In the mean time he is learning a lot about dog training both in hands on experience and in reading and studying.
At Canine Coaching Institute, LLC we are force, pain, fear and dominance free which means that we do not use tools or methods that inflict physical or psychological pain or discomfort on a dog. Instead we focus on positive reinforcement of desired behaviors using rewards such as treats, praise and toys. This lays a foundation for trust between the handler and the dog and will help promote a spirit of cooperation in the relationship. We offer private in-home training, group classes, minor to moderate behavioral training and specialty training such as therapy and service dog training. We pride ourselves in being flexible trainers that can find ways to work with practically any type of dog.