Hello! I’m Bonnie!
Certified Professional Dog Trainer/Owner of Dog Gone Good
I have loved dogs all my life, but it wasn’t until I was in the sixth grade that I was allowed to have a dog. So I understand that long wait of dreaming about the perfect dog — and that things rarely start out quite how you imagined.
It was still years later that I stumbled into being a dog trainer. My husband and I rescued a Rott/GSD mix. Hogan was my husband’s dog, but it was me that took him to school. It was important to us that Hogan learn the skills he needed to be the dog we wanted in our lives, so I signed up for class almost immediately after bringing him home.
It was while training Hogan that I was approached by a local trainer about an apprenticeship. I spent many months and long hours learning everything I could about training dogs. In 2006, I began teaching puppy classes, basic obedience, rally and agility classes on nights and weekends.
When I retired from the 8-5 world, I had 7 years of experience teaching classes, but I still enrolled in National K-9 School for Dog Trainers. I graduated in 2015 and started by own business. That means I have 13 years total experience working with dogs of all sizes and types — so whatever problem you’re facing, I’ve likely seen it and helped dogs and owners work through it before.
To ensure I am on top of the latest training techniques and modern standards, I joined the International Association of Canine Professionals. I have been a professional member since 2012 and this year accepted the duties of Secretary.
My husband and I are currently sharing our lives with 4 dogs: Trevor, a 7yo All American; Tuxedo, a 5yo All American; Shadow, a 2yo Pomeranian, and Bronson, a 18mo Doberman Pinscher. We enjoy obedience, rally, agility, barn hunt, FastCat and scent work.