Mandy and Emmett


We offer dog training tailored to the specific needs of both dog and owner. By helping owners understand their dog’s behavior, we aid in creating and strengthening their bond. We believe that every dog should have a caring, loving, and healthy home. Our training serves to assist every dog owner to participate in and enjoy all of the positive benefits from having a happy, well-rounded dog.


Mandy and her family have been fortunate to have many dogs throughout the years. They are her inspiration to learn as much as she can about dog behavior and proper training. Mandy started out wanting to understand her dogs better. She learned solutions to their behavior issues to help them become healthy members of her family. She spent the next few years studying and implementing successful training sessions with them.

Mandy is one of less than 200 Certified Dog Behavior Consultants (CDBC) worldwide through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). She is also a professional level member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the Pet Professional Guild, The Association for Fear-Free Pet Professionals. Mandy also has certifications as a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI) and Certified Canine Fitness Coach (CCFC).

While fostering dogs for a local rescue, Mandy was shocked to learn how many dogs were returned. Most are due to behavior issues that are easily trainable such as urinating inside, jumping on people or whining. Approximately 1.3 million dogs are surrendered to shelters by their owners yearly. Unable to care for these animals, shelters euthanize those deemed not adoptable.

Unfortunately, most owners do not have the time or knowledge to train their dogs. This is how Paws for Life was born. Our goal is to keep as many dogs as possible out of shelters and in knowledgeable and loving homes. We want to help dogs become the best they can be to benefit the lives of both dog and family.

Our Philosophy

Every dog has a different personality and different drives. Training techniques should be adapted to fit the learning needs and drives of each dog. We believe in creating a relationship with them that encourages mutual respect and teamwork. We do this through positive training techniques. We do NOT use choke collars, e-collars, or other tools that assert negative stimulus.

 It’s so amazing how much we can learn from dogs. Displaying forgiveness, unconditional love, compassion, and patience can create a happier world. We need look no further than our own canine companions for shining examples. However, just like children, dogs are a product of their parents both birth and adopted. It is up to us to lead and teach them the skills necessary for a healthy, happy life.

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