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. She recently obtained her certification as a Professional Dog Trainer from the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers. 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 addition to being a professional dog trainer since 2010, 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 train and work with California sea lions and bottlenose dolphins. 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, played with dolphins, painted, mastered the human/dog selfie, and won several trick dog titles.
As a dog trainer, Katie has become an active member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, an American Kennel Club recognized Canine Good Citizen instructor / evaluator, a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI), and is working toward becoming a IAABC and CCPDT-certified canine behavioral consultant. She is also a Canine Conditioning Coach (CCC), and Certified Canine Fitness Trainer (CCFT) through the University of Tennessee. 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 since 2005. She has successfully trained a wide variety of breeds of all ages using positive training methods. Through group classes, lodge and learns, day training, and private consultations Tori has experience with obedience, behavior modification, and specializes in dog-dog socialization. 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 and helping people learn to communicate effectively with their dogs. In 2010 she earned certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and has recently acquired Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant membership. We are so glad she has brought all her experience and knowledge to PLD.
Tori is a graduate of the University of Houston with a degree in Italian Studies. After having lived abroad in Italy for a year she knows first hand the frustration we can prevent our dogs from experiencing when we take time to teach them the language we speak.
Tori is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling at the Houston campus of Dallas Theological Seminary. Tori’s approach to dog training has always had a strong focus on helping the humans involved and she hopes to fully combine these passions upon graduation.
Tori enjoys taking trips with her Border Collie (Oakley) and Pitbull (Sookie). She also enjoys spending time with family and can frequently be found on the water, fishing in her spare time.