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Puppy of the Month

Bear is a 6 month-old Labradoodle.

 

Favorite Activity:
Joining the family for rides in the van.

 

Life's Ambition:
To wear all the shoes she has stolen.

 

Favorite Socialization Spot:
The children's bus stop.

 

OS Certified Trainer™:
Patti Hight of WOOFS! Dog Training Center LLC.

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Our Team

Ariana Kincaid, President & Founder

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Ariana is a self-described dog geek fascinated by everything dog. Spending many years in Education Administration, Ariana turned her organizational skills to the running of a successful and busy doggy daycare, boarding and training facility. During her 6 years there, she saw firsthand the problems caused by a lack of early socialization, which inspired her to create Operation Socialization™.

Ariana's extensive background in dog training and behavior work includes: Evaluating dog behavior, teaching puppy and intermediate classes, working one-on-one to modify behavior problems from aggression to fearfulness, raising litters of foster puppies and training apprentices. Ariana is committed to continuing education and attends a minimum of 60 hours of behavior and training seminars annually.

She lives with her husband, Keith; four dogs, Maya, Emmet, Canon and Lotus; and a parrot named Rueben.

Credentials
Bachelor of Arts in communication studies
OS Certified Trainer™
Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
Certified Pet Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed
Be A Tree Presenter
Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers
Member of the Mid Atlantic Association of Professional Positive Pet Trainers
Member of the Pet Professional Guild
Supporting Member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants

Maya, Vice President


Maya

Maya may be small but is proof that effective leaders come in all shapes and sizes. She has taught many dogs how to train their owners and is currently working on her book Getting What You Want From Your Two Legged Companion; Strategies to Help You Get Ahead in Life.

Her extensive resume includes roll over, weave, curtsy and jump up.

Credentials
Puppy Basic Graduate
Intermediate Manners Graduate
Canine Good Citizen

 

 

 

Veronica Boutelle, Marketing Advisor

Veronica BoutelleVeronica Boutelle, MA Ed., CTC, is the founder of dogTEC, the premier business support organization for the dog pro industry. Former Director of Behavior & Training at the San Francisco SPCA, Veronica has been helping dog professionals create their dream businesses through dogTEC since 2003.
Veronica is the author of How to Run a Dog Business and co-author of Minding Your Dog Business. She writes business columns for APDT’s Chronicle of the Dog and the Canadian APDT’s Forum, is a guest contributor to many other dog journals, and is a sought-after speaker at conferences and dog training schools across the country.

Veronica Sanchez, Faculty Member

Veronica SanchezVeronica trains puppies and dogs for Cooperative Paws LLC. She had a leading role as a founder and chair of the division on Human Animal Mutualism of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), which is focused on working animals. She served on the board of the IAABC as a vice president. Her special interest in the area of assistance and therapy animals was also reflected in her work as the Managing Editor and contributing writer for a Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell award winning newsletter, "A Pawsitive Canine Experience," produced by Paws-Up, Inc. She shares her home with three collies and a shepherd mix.

Laura Sharkey, Faculty Member

Laura


Laura is a pioneer in the area of puppy training and development. She believes in a holistic approach to dog training that covers nutrition, exercise, training and enrichment. In 1999 she opened WOOFS! Dog Training Center, a dog training, daycare, boarding, and retail facility to provide owners with the resources their dogs need from puppyhood to adulthood. In 2007 she opened a second facility to offer a wide variety of agility classes and encourage clients to continue to work with their dogs beyond basic obedience. She was one of the first to offer weekly puppy socialization opportunities for the public and open-enrollment puppy classes. Her specialty is helping owners with challenging puppies overcome their problems.