Here at BAXTER & Bella, our goal is to help as many puppy parents as possible learn how to successfully integrate a dog into their everyday life by using positive training techniques in fun, rewarding and worthwhile ways! We believe by helping families train their own canine companions to be calm, well-mannered and better-behaved, more families will experience the joys of lifetime canine companionship and more dogs will remain in loving homes where they belong.
In order to help us accomplish this, PUPPY PREP, our signature online puppy school curriculum, in addition to all of the other great resources exclusively provided inside our Lifetime MEMBERS ONLY Access area are strategically designed and conveniently developed to be force-free, backed by science and as much about teaching your dog how to act, as they are about coaching you as pet parents how to train!
OUR TEAM MISSION...
To provide puppy parents with the proven training methods, materials and other resources necessary to become properly educated, appropriately prepared and sufficiently experienced in positive pet parenting, subsequently impacting the pet population for good and both achieving better animal ownership and experiencing the very best in canine companionship!
OUR COMPANY VISION...
We will establish The BAXTER & Bella Company as the premier online puppy training and pet parenting DIY school worldwide, successfully strengthening the relationships of animal owners and canine companions while also maintaining our family-friendly focus and holding true to the people, puppies and principles that matter the most to who we are and who we strive to become!
Moreover, as our labor of love and your personalized team of passionate puppy parenting professionals, we are doing everything we can in order to positively impact the pet population for good by teaching and training, sharing and showing, helping and highlighting, focusing and featuring and coaching and communicating the methods, materials and other resources needed, as well as the tips, tricks, tools and techniques we use personally and professionally for optimal outcomes!
In fact, we are committed to making BAXTER & Bella all about YOU and your puppy, as we personally promise to do whatever it takes in order to provide you with everything needed along your successful animal ownership adventure! So much so, it is our overriding goal that upon curriculum completion and program graduation, not only will your puppy be properly housetrained, impressively mannered, sensibly obedient and successfully socialized, but you will have learned how to teach him anything you ever wanted, and at anytime throughout your forever future as you work together toward "Becoming best friends through love and learning!"
In conclusion, BAXTER & Bella is our way, based upon our backgrounds and our experiences in positive puppy parenting, therapy and service dog training, in addition to professional education, curriculum development, people coaching and individual mentoring, to best provide pet parents everywhere the most comprehensive help anywhere, in order to positively impact the pet population for good, to teach animal owners how-to become better puppy parents and ultimately strengthen canine companionships for the better!
As professional dog trainers, a common question we receive is about our training philosophy - this is not only a fair request, but a very important one as well. You see, in the dog training world, there are many differing approaches believed to be the best in teaching canine companions and when coaching new puppy parents. What's more, we are here to tell you not all trainers and training philosophies are created equal. As science evolves, technology expands, and both methods and materials improve, the canine community is learning how to more effectively teach, more efficiently serve and more successfully work with dogs, leading to updated understandings, improved methodologies and enhanced applications that together aid in achieving bettering animal ownership and experiencing the very best in canine companionship!
It is without any doubt an extremely exciting time to be part of canine coaching and puppy parenting!
Moreover, as it specifically relates to our training philosophy as animal owners, as professional dog trainers and as the creators of a quickly and ever-expanding online puppy school, we constantly are seeking the most up-to-date and the very best information available, paying particular attention to the proven methods, materials and other resources backed by science, successful in practice and that will enhance our abilities to positively impact the pet population for good!
What's more, it's our ever-evolving training philosophy that ultimately makes up the foundation behind who we are, how we choose to think and why we act the way we do - it runs deep in our genetic code, creates the very routines of our ongoing canine coaching curriculum and acts as our guiding principle for all of our thoughts, ideas, actions, behaviors and activities - it is our inner GPS that dictates the direction we go and the behaviors governing everything we do personally and professionally with each and every one of our animal interactions!
In fact, the topic of training philosophy is so important to us, we created our an acronym to guide us in how to think, how to behave, how to act, how to train and how to coach. Our abbreviated word spells C.A.L.M. and more than just reminding us to remain CALM as passionate puppy parents and professional dog trainers for optimal outcomes, each letter in the word also represents an important part of our teaching, our training and our coaching philosophy. Likewise, each of the C.A.L.M words individually symbolize how we are to be while working with our dogs and collectively instruct us on how we are to behave around our canine companions... (CONFIDENCE) - to be oneself, to act with poise and to have conviction, (ATTENTIVE) - to be mindful, to be considerate and to be understanding, (LEADERSHIP) - to maintain control, to give guidance and to offer direction and (METHODS) - to have a purpose, to follow a pattern and to trust in the process!
Additionally, in considering our training philosophy, we have learned dogs are NOT robots, they can NOT be programmed, rather, they are living and breathing creatures, with minds of their own, who think for themselves, and like us, they deserve respect and to be treated humanely. Our training philosophy is an ongoing reminder to be proper, to be passionate and to be professional, regardless of the circumstances, with our thoughts, ideas, actions, behaviors and activities!
So what does all this mean? For us, the right training philosophy offers unquestionable guidance to successfully govern us in our animal relationships in appropriate ways that are mutually inviting, positive, fun rewarding and worthwhile. It teaches us that "Whatever gets rewarded gets repeated!" As such, we believe in our force-free training methods, utilizing positive reinforcement techniques, in order to help us successfully strengthen our relationships with our dogs, and creating lifelong feelings of mutual trust and ongoing respect. In fact, per our experiences, we strongly believe positive training techniques are the best ways of teaching a behavior and then subsequently having that behavior repeated again and again. We also believe proper boundaries, with well-defined rules and realistic routines are important in fostering the right canine coaching environment where learning can take place. We believe it is important that our dogs know what we expect from them and likewise what we will not tolerate. We believe in efficient and effective communication and use marker training with all of our dogs, choosing a very enthusiastic "YES!" to mark good behavior and a distinguishable "NO!" to mark activity we want to modify. Further, we strongly believe it's vital for animal healthiness and happiness to teach our puppies to think on their own, even from very young ages, using free shaping techniques to encourage intellectual interaction by simply breaking desired behaviors into smaller steps and marking and rewarding progress until they eventually figure out what is wanted.
In short summary, we work to positively help shape a dog's behavior by using good communication and reinforcing with rewards, which are backed by science and proven successful in animal training, keeping our canine companions happy to learn, excited to work and ultimately better behaved! With this philosophy, we also believe in a lifelong journey of learning in order to enhance our methods, improve our materials and build better relationships throughout our future!
Meet the Trainer...
I received my professional degree from Utah State University in Mathematics Education and enjoyed the privilege of serving as a full-time teacher for multiple years. Throughout my experience in various capacities, and in working with kids from many diverse backgrounds, I learned how much I truly love helping others realize their full potential no matter the subject material. Teaching has been an amazing opportunity for me to observe that moment when the light turns on for an individual learner and they begin to better understand how to properly connect concepts for optimal outcomes.
Now as a professional trainer, working with dogs has always been a dream of mine and I am blessed to be able to strategically combine this lifelong passion with my background in both education and curriculum development in order to effectively teach and efficiently train inside the dog world. I have an enthusiasm for working with others, a sincere commitment to excellence and I know first hand the key to successfully impacting the statistics on the number of pets that ultimately remain in loving homes where they belong hinges upon the community of many professionals who work to properly help coach animal owners everywhere how to connect, learn and teach others to live with their animals.
After turning my interest into a profession, families started contacting me to train their dogs for them, which set me on an ongoing adventure of seeking education and professional development in the dog training world. As I enjoyed the books, the classes, the mentors and of course, the teaching and the training time with the animals, I absolutely loved the learning and the implementing of it all by helping others. Through it all, I considered how I could have an even bigger influence for good and wanted to be able to send home resources and materials with every trained dog I worked with in order for the family to continue the training that had been taught and understand more completely the education their puppy received while in my care. I subsequently created the BAXTER & Bella company with hopes of sharing my training knowledge with as many new puppy parents as possible. Today, with a business that is growing and a commitment to continue forward, I am dedicated to providing the most current, up-to-date and impactful resources, tips, tricks, tools and techniques that are as much about teaching family pets how to appropriately act, as they are about coaching pet parents how to effectively train. In fact, here at BAXTER & Bella it's part of our DNA and will always be be who we are... successfully building positive and respective relationships with our animals as we continue to work toward becoming best friends through love and learning!
I have years of experience in the animal training world. In addition to currently training puppies for everyday family life, educating individuals through the use of my online puppy school and working one-on-one with clients in their homes, I have completed a semester of study in Animal Science at Utah State University, spent nine months training puppies at Puppy Steps Training in Northern Utah, apprentice trained for 18 months at Good Dog! Autism Companions and am now a professional service dog trainer for their organization. I continued my studies with the CATCH Training Academy and am a CTA Certified Dog Trainer (CCDT). I have learned so many things through these experiences and love sharing my knowledge with others in ways that will help those around me better puppy parent. I am also an AKC CGC Evaluator, professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), committed to using science-based, positive and force-free training methods. I train without the use of force, pain, fear, or intimidation.
In addition to the things listed above, I strongly believe in life-long learning and am currently enrolled in a Masters training program to enhance methods, improve materials and build better relationships throughout the future!
Wife & Mother
Along with being a math educator and puppy trainer, I am very blessed with the title of wife and mother. I am an enthusiastic stay-at-home mom who chooses to spend a portion of my time volunteering in classrooms for my three children, working with puppies, as well as creating educational materials for the everyday puppy owner. My dream is simple - I hope through teaching you how to pick a puppy, in addition to training the basic household manners, instilling the necessary obedience commands and introducing proper socialization skills I will be able to positively impact the number of dogs who will remain living in homes with their families where they belong.