The Well-Trained Dog & Pet Care prides itself on offering full-service pet care and dog training services that revolve around one-to-one personalized care. I train the dogs exclusively in clients' homes so you can participate in the training and so you and your dog can have my undivided attention. Our pet care team also does pet sitting 100% in clients' homes, giving you peace of mind that your pets' routines won't be disrupted and that your pets and house will be safe while you're gone. We value the significance that routine and familiar environments have on your pets. This allows them to continue to thrive even while you're away.
We serve Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Salem, Vinton, and portions of Botetourt County.
MEET THE OWNER
I grew up around animals and am now following my true passion as a dog trainer and pet sitter.
While living in Salt Lake City, I volunteered for Furburbia, one of the first pet adoption centers to be located inside a mall. I was also a member of Intermountain Therapy Animals which pioneered the Reading Education Assistance Dogs program. Through their innovative use of therapy dogs, the READ program assisted many children struggling with literacy.
After moving to Roanoke, VA., I volunteered as a dog trainer and photographer for the Roanoke Valley SPCA. After my time at the SPCA, I became involved as a puppy raiser, puppy sitter, and handler for St. Francis Service Dogs which trains dogs for the disabled. I enjoyed working with the dogs as they go through the program and ultimately to their partner.
I had the pleasure of traveling to Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah 14 times since 2009 to work in Dogtown. I am the only Roanoke area dog trainer to have worked with some of the dogs saved from Michael Vick’s dog fighting ring, known as the “Vicktory Dogs”. The caregivers look forward to my visits and request my help with some of the dogs in their area.
In 2011, I was contacted by Botetourt County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jill Deegan about a court case she was prosecuting. She asked me to train nine Beagle puppies that were being held at Angels of Assisi as evidence. The puppies were in desperate need of training and socialization. I worked with them two or three times per week for about six weeks, teaching them basic commands and introducing them to new sights and sounds outside of the shelter. After the trial, all of the puppies were ready to be adopted and are now living happily in their forever homes.
I’m also a member of the Roanoke Valley CART (Community Animal Resource Team). We were activated during the 2012 derecho and Hurricane Florence and provided assistance for animals whose owners were staying at the shelter set up at the Roanoke Civic Center.
I am also certified in pet CPR and First Aid and frequently attend classes and webinars to upgrade my knowledge and skills.
I have now decided to make it my life's mission to work with animals and help families resolve behavioral issues with their dogs.
Our Team of Pet Professionals
The Well-Trained Dog & Pet Care is licensed, bonded, and insured. All our employees undergo a background check.