About the Pack
Pack Leader & Owner
Rachel has been training dogs for over 12 years. She’s a certified animal behavior healer (CPDT-KA) with an educational background of a B.F.A. from Boston University, an M.Ed. from Emerson College, and she’s a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB) (formally taught at) Duke University’s Canine Cognition Center (DCCC). Her educational background is extremely useful when working with dogs and their parents to ensure responsible, trustworthy and clearly communicated outcomes for every dog’s learning progress. These tools aid her in organizing and thoughtfully managing the ever-changing, dynamic lifestyle of a canine caregiver. She is blissfully in her element when compassionately caring for dogs and their people!
She wholeheartedly believes that training and behavior modification should be safe, enjoyable, and successful for both the dog and the humans who love them. Most importantly, she maintains an open mind to every individual - dog and person alike.
Rachel stands at the intersection between canine behavior modification and holistic relationship centered training. She believes in a relationship-centered approach to the whole dog - body, mind and soul.
A Calm Environment
In house canine trainers include: Kirby - male, 11 y/o and 60 lbs. and Kaiya - female, 5 y/o, and 30 lbs. Kirby is a remarkable mentor for puppies. He offers a grandfather-like wisdom and always models patience, unconditional acceptance, and love. Kaiya is a fabulous play partner! She will run, bounce and play with puppies until they are tuckered out! Both Kirby and Kaiya aim to make your puppy's stay delightful and entertaining! You can learn a little more about them below.
We offer a 3-bedroom house on 3 acres of land. There is a large fenced-in wooded playground and open yard. We also have a 500 square foot indoor space that has been converted into a training and playroom when there is inclement weather (rubber flooring throughout). We also have a quick in & out fully fenced-in Potty Pen for puppy potty training.
Our home is equipped with dog-appeasing pheromone scents from Adaptil Diffuser to reduce anxiety (especially for puppies). We also use the gentle sounds of Through a Dog’s Ear - iCalm music, bio and psycho-acoustically relaxing music designed specifically for a dog's ear. These appealing scents and sounds ease your puppy's transition and infuse peace and tranquility throughout their stay.
VP of Operations &
11 y/o Male Shepard Schnauzer Mix
Graduated Summa Bark Laude, a soft soul who leads by example except while digging small vermin out of rotting tree stumps.
CFO (Chief Funny Officer) &
Off leash Group Leader
5 y/o Female American Village Dog Mix
A silly girl who loves to get laughs and show how easy it is to be responsible off leash.