About Us

Your source for positive reinforcement dog and puppy training in Boone and the surrounding area. Nationally certified trainers. Veterinarian recommended.

Marge Rogers,
Certified Behavior Consultant Canine – Knowledge Assessed
Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed
Certified Fear Free Professional

Marge breaks complex training into manageable pieces for both ends of the leash. She understands that training dogs requires mechanical skills, like observation and timing (regardless of what training method you use). What makes her program different from many others is that she works with both ends of the leash. She empowers her owners with the knowledge to solve problems and set their dogs up for success.

Play is a big part of Marge’s training. If you only ever practice obedience when your dog is calm and on a leash, you’re only teaching him to respond in those situations. But what happens when he sees a squirrel and gets excited? Or his favorite person walks through the door?  Exactly – if you want your dog to respond to cues when he is aroused, you have to practice when he is aroused.  Play is a great way to tease up your dog’s nervous system (heart rate, respiration, adrenaline). And, who doesn’t want to have “play with your dog” as part of their training practice? But playing alone is not enough. You have to know how to do it with structure and set your dog up for success.  Don’t worry – Marge will show you how.

Qualification & Credentials
In an unregulated industry, it’s hard to tell what you’re getting when you hire a dog trainer. And, that’s a lot of alphabet soup behind Marge’s name. Let’s see if we can simplify it.

"Marge is a leader in her field. She is extremely knowledgeable and is able to communicate her message well to us humans as well as our pets. First class in every way.”
Frank
Retired CSX Security
“I believe Marge’s tendency to completely exceed expectations is one of the many things that set her apart as a dog trainer.”
Nicole
Pre-med student

Lisa Mallory,
Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed
Certified Nose Work Instructor
Certified Fear Free Professional

Lisa has national certifications in dog training and K9 Nose Work. Her passion is helping dogs and owners achieve a deep, loving bond through the use of positive, force free training and clicker/marker training. Her goal is to make each and every dog a well behaved, valued member of the family. Lisa’s methods are based on the scientific principles of how dogs learn. Her methods are proven, effective, humane and kind.

What makes Lisa unique is her experience with dogs and people. Lisa worked as a registered nurse in the field of oncology and bone marrow transplant for many years in several large teaching hospitals. The ability to communicate effectively with caring, compassion and knowledge were an integral part of her job. She brings that expertise to her profession as a dog trainer, coaching and training dogs and their owners.

Lisa is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the Pet Professional Guild, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals as well as many other organizations including the Doberman Pinscher Club of America, the National Association of Canine Scent Work, the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen program, and Lisa is also a licensed presenter of the Doggone Safe “Be A Tree” program.

Lisa is a National Association of Canine Scent Work Odor Recognition Test Judge and Certifying Official, as well as a licensed AKC Scent Work judge. She competes at the National level with her Doberman Pinschers and Foxhound in Scent Detection.

"The lessons made me feel comfortable that I wouldn’t be judged for mistakes I’ve already made. Lisa has extensive knowledge about how dogs’ learn and behave.”
Jill
"The group class did Hailey a world of good. Now we don’t have to yell at her anymore. Learning how to train her without punishment was amazing and so new for us, but just what we needed, even though we didn’t know anything other than what we had been doing. We enjoyed being in class as a couple and hope that you will be offering more classes so we can continue training with you."
Katie & Justin
"The last trainer scared Cassie. It made me so sad and angry. Lisa came in and now she goes crazy when she sees her. Cassie is so much more confident and happy now. I’d recommend Lisa to everyone!!"
Lorie D.

Brianne Harris, 
Certified Professional Dog Training – Knowledge Assessed
Owner and Head Trainer at Positive Partners  Dog Training

 

Brianne does the group class training at our Boone location – Fetching Ridge Pet Hotel & Spa. Like many of her students, Brianne has always loved animals. Her childhood scrapbook is full of pictures of her with a wide range of stray animals she tried to convince her parents to let her keep.  She was 12 years old when she finally won her parents over and they kept a stray puppy. Her name was Doodles, and she was a Granville County Special – a total mystery mutt! It didn’t take long before Brianne taught Doodles a variety of tricks; sit, down, shake, roll over, high five, and even how to jump over a broomstick.  Doodles lived 17 wonderful years, and Brianne is eternally grateful for the lessons Doodles had to teach and the memories they made together!
 
Today Brianne continues to make memories and learn lessons from the many animals in her life.  After being mentored by and assisting Lisa Mallory, CPDT-KA, CNWI, Brianne branched out on her own. As a professional dog trainer, Brianne coaches her students through their journey with their dog. Together, she and her students teach their dogs tricks, help them refine their manners, and help everyone find harmony in their lives. Brianne feels it is always an honor to begin work with a new student; they have so many lessons they can share with each other!
 
When she’s not on the farm or working with students, she likes to spend her free time crocheting, reading young adult fiction, or practicing Krav Maga. Like most High Country residents, she also spends as much time as possible in her hammock or hiking…and she wears her Chacos as often as possible!
 
Brianne is a:
  • graduate of Appalachian State University with a BS in Psychology
  • Tester/Observer for the Alliance of Therapy Dogs
  • Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
  • Trick Dog Evaluator
  • Association of Professional Dog Trainers member
  • Pet Professional Guild member
  • Project Trade member
Brianne was a great instructor and provided a structured but fun learning environment for me and my “therapy dog in-training”. We have been practicing the skills learned in class and will hopefully shine during the test!
Nikki
We just finished our last observation for our Therapy Dog certification and I could not be happier with everything Brianne has done for us! I started her class with a bouncy, energetic puppy who has now turned into a very calm dog when he needs to be. We could not have done this without Brianne’s great training! Come see her, she’s a dog whisperer!
Lindsey
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