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About Us

Rewards-based training, backed by science.

We use science to guide our understanding of how dogs function in the modern world.  We do not use force, intimidation, pain, threats or coercion. This means that we do not use aversive methods (such as prong collars, e-collars, citronella, leash corrections, etc.) in our training protocols, but instead use a force free approach to training.  We believe that all dogs have the right to exist in their natural states of mind and behavior. And we believe that dogs are not robots for humans to program, but rather canine partners with their own thoughts, feelings and desires and training should reflect this truth. We don't believe that there are “bad dogs”, but rather some dogs that lack the framework for how to exist in our homes and society.  We are committed to the highest standards of this industry and strive to work toward those with each client. We strongly believe that it is important to be transparent and honest with our clients when discussing behavior modification for each client’s individual needs. Additionally, we are committed to continuing to learn as reliable information is presented to the industry and to accommodate our methods as ethically as we can.

Meet Your Trainer

Dog trainer Courtney Rose wears a grey shirt and sits with a medium sized dog in front of her lap.
Special Interests

Courtney is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) who completed an apprenticeship under Kim Wegel of Wags by Wegel in Roanoke, VA. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in December 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Companion Animal Science from Virginia Tech. Courtney has been training her own dogs since she was young, but truly began her training journey when she adopted her now 12-year-old Husky / Corgi mix from the shelter. He good naturedly lets her practice and hone her training skills as she continues to learn more about the ever-changing dog training industry. Courtney also has extensive experience with reactive dogs, as she owned a reactive Great Pyrenees and has worked with reactive dog-owner teams since the beginning of her career. She understands the stress and frustration dog owners can feel when they don’t know how to best help their pets and she can help to alleviate much of those feelings through her training protocols.

  • Obedience

  • Cooperative Care

  • Dog Sports

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Courtney Rose

Meet Our Team

husky corgi mix breed senior dog sits in front of green grassy field while wearing a harness and smiling in front of the sunset

Offical Snack Tester + Logo Inspo


+ Husky + Corgi x

+ Life stage: senior

+ Will scream for ice cream

+ Favorite treat: sweet potatoes

+ Favorite activity: snoozing on the couch!


New Kid on the Block + Demo Dog in-training


+ Brittany (spaniel)

+ Life stage: adolescent - young adult

+ Pretty sure he's always right

+ Favorite treat: beef lung

+ Favorite activity: running fast!

Austin Rose

Having been raised in a home alongside 5 dogs and having worked almost exclusively with companion animals throughout the last decade, Austin had long dreamed of pursuing a career as a dog trainer. Before becoming a trainer, he amassed experience in the pet industry by working as a veterinary assistant and receptionist, as well as a Dog Daycare and kennel attendant. Austin leans heavily on his diverse experience as he feels it has afforded him a more comprehensive perspective on the needs of pets and their families. Throughout his career, he has had the good fortune to work closely with dogs of all shapes, sizes, and temperaments. As a professional, he strives to improve the life of dogs and their families by empowering them with skills of clearer communication and compassion. He has extensive experience with reactivity and aggression, as well as cooperative care and obedience training and is particularly interested in remedial socialization.

Dog trainer Mr. Rose is shown petting a large shaggy black dog at a dog park.
Special Interests
  • Basic Obedience

  • Remedial Socialization

  • Cooperative Care

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