Our Mission is to provide dog owners with the knowledge and skills they need to understand and communicate with their dogs. This will enable them to develop a close and healthy bond with their canine friend. Developing this relationship is critical in ensuring that the human-canine partnership is maintained and dog behavior issues don’t lead to owners giving up on their dog.
Bone-a-Fide Dog Training recognizes that every dog and every training scenario is unique and we provide progressive training opportunities that help each dog owner to meet their individual goals.
Bone-a-Fide Dog Training provides a wide range of dog training and dog care services, including three levels of general obedience training programs (puppy pre-school, beginners, and advanced). Obedience training options are offered through group classes and individual private lessons. Additionally, we also provide consultations for problem behaviors in the home and specialized classes to ready handlers and their dogs for AKC competition trials.
Dog training isn't just a job for Kari, it is her passion, her joy in life, and she thrives when working with dogs and their owners giving them the tools they need to develop and maintain a healthy enjoyable relationship. Kari works well with all breeds, sizes and personalities, but is especially drawn to the larger breeds such as Pit Bulls, Rottweillers, and Labradors.
Professional development is important to Kari, and she is always looking for opportunities to expand her expertise, this has led to her latest venture, evaluating therapy dogs through the Animal Friends Connection Humane Society.
Kari has been training dogs for 9 years in the Manteca/Stockton area, and was a Sirius Assistant for a year before becoming an official Sirius instructor for another year. Certified Dog Trainer as of 2016 and is also a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, an AKC Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator.
Kari has 2 adopted dogs: Takoda (Koda) and Brody. Koda is a 8 year old Pit Mix who is a therapy dog and Brody is a 10 year old Aussie Mix who is titled in Novice Rally and working on moving up to Advanced Rally soon.
Robin is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She has competed in AKC trials, titling dogs in Rally Novice, Rally Advanced, Rally Excellent and Companion Dog. Robin is also an AKC Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator as well as an observer/evaluator for Therapy dogs through Animal Friends Connection Humane Society. Her specialty lies in the area of training small dogs. She works well with all clients however she is able to quickly form a bond with the small dog owners. It is not uncommon for these clients to initially feel overwhelmed in a group class setting; however Robin quickly puts their mind at ease through her calm and professional approach. She guides them to begin the socialization process with the appropriate dogs in class and quickly builds both the dog and the owner’s confidence. She is able to provide the client training tips specifically targeted for the small dog. Robin is also able to convince the client of the importance of training a small dog.
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