Our positive, science-based training methods, which emphasize consistency, patience, and effective communication, are geared toward exercises that are practical in everyday life. We will teach you how to train your dog. After each lesson, you will be equipped with the tools you need to communicate more effectively with your dog. It’s never too early or too late to get started.
Our customized, private lessons are created specifically for you, your dog, and your situation. Private training packages are perfect for busy clients who prefer the convenience of flexible scheduling or having lessons in the comfort of their home. Moreover, some cases are more effectively and appropriately addressed in private lessons rather than in a group class. If you can’t fit a group class into your schedule or have a dog behavior problem that needs one-on-one attention, private lessons can help prevent and resolve issues and help you help your dog become a mannerly, compliant companion.
Regardless of where you live or how limited your schedule may be, you now have direct access to benefit from personalized positive dog training advice via phone or Skype.
At the beginning of every training program, you will be provided with a password granting you access to our Training Handouts and Homework page that you may reference after your lessons and as your training advances. The Training Handout and Homework page includes: reviews of lessons, tips for general use, maintenance, homework suggestions, and all sorts of useful information.
Remember, it takes time to teach your dog to perform reliably and correctly. Dogs need three to six months of repetition and reinforcement to commit a behavior to long-term memory. This means that it is of utmost importance that you continue to work with your dog after the lessons are over if you want the training to stick. Please keep in mind that all training and behavior modification solutions require active owner participation and continuous practice in order to maintain proper efficiency and effectiveness. Practice makes perfect!
Simone earned her B.S. in Animal Science with a minor in Spanish from Clemson University, and her M.S. in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida. Simone has been obsessed with all things cute and cuddly for as long as she can remember, and volunteers with a variety of organizations including trap and release programs for feral cats, animal shelters, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centers. Simone’s interest in dog training however really developed when she began working to resolve leash reactivity and fear issues in her own puppy. When she’s not at Peace Love & Dogs, she loves to be out and about exploring Houston with her husband Andres and their 2 fur babies, Lovebug and Peyton, and looks forward to cheering on her Clemson Tigers and San Antonio Spurs every chance she gets!
Katie Clark has always had a passion for animals, especially dogs! She was drawn to the world of animal training at a young age, fascinated by how easily we can communicate with animals through relationships built on mutual trust and respect. In 2012, her dog training skills were put to the ultimate test as she rescued her long time best friend and co-worker, Whizz. Together they have taught classes, flown across the county, kayaked, learned to share, played with dolphins, painted, mastered the human/dog selfie, and won several trick dog titles.
In addition to being a professional dog trainer since 2011, Katie has brought an interesting animal training perspective to Peace Love & Dogs. As she pursued her BS in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University, she was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with California sea lions, harbor seals, Pacific walruses, and bottlenose dolphins. As a dog trainer, Katie has become a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, an American Kennel Club recognized Canine Good Citizen evaluator, a certified Canine Conditioning Coach, and is working toward becoming a CCPDT-certified canine behavioral consultant. Katie attributes her success as a trainer to all the animals, both in and out of water, that have taught her so much.
Tori has been training dogs for 11 years. She has successfully trained a wide variety of breeds of all ages using positive training methods. Through group classes and private consultations, Tori has experience with obedience, Canine Good Citizen, therapy dogs and agility training. She also has several years of experience working hands on with dogs in boarding facilities and animal shelters all over Texas. Tori has a special talent connecting with the dogs. She recently earned certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). We are so glad she has brought all her experience and knowledge to PLD as our Daycare Supervisor.
On a personal note, Tori has a 10 year old Border Collie, Oakley and a 6 year old Pit Bull, Sookie that she has trained from puppyhood. Their favorite activities are attending doggie daycare, going to the dog park, playing with tennis balls and frisbees, practicing their obedience training and playing tug of war.
Kate van Rensburg hails from Houston, TX and has had a deep love of animals her whole life. From a very young age, she was the one who trained all the family pets in everything from basic obedience and potty training to swimming pool safety! Kate spent years riding American Saddlebreds competitively and later working in the horse business as everything from a groom to an assistant trainer and riding instructor. She also has two World Grand Championships under her belt! Kate has a BA in History from the University of St. Thomas and a JD from the University of Houston Law Center. After passing the Texas Bar in 2014, Kate soon realized that while she found law intellectually stimulating, it wasn’t fulfilling for her. When she started bringing her pup to PLD for puppy classes, she realized that she had found a career she was excited about and where she knew she could help people and their pups lead better lives together.
Kate started volunteering at PLD in August 2015, assisting with classes, Puppy Preschool, and anything else she could get her hands on. Kate was hired on as a full-time employee at the beginning of 2016, and now teaches several classes and works with dogs in all of our programs. She obtained her CPDT-KA certification in May 2016, and hopes to continue her education next by taking the CPDT-KSA as soon as she is able. In June 2017, Kate also became a certified PetTech™ Pet CPR and First Aid instructor, and will be training both our staff and interested clients in those potentially life-saving skills! Kate lives with her husband, Henry, who tries daily to undo all the hard work and training she’s put into their two dogs, Toots the American Pit Bull Terrier and Badger the English Bulldog. They are all graciously allowed to live in the same house by their cat, Poes, who really wears the pants in the family.