Anne O'Neill, Owner
Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant
Anne, the proud owner of two Jack Russell Terriers and a lovable
Australian Cattle Dog, realized her love for animals at an early age.
Growing up a rural part of Grapevine, Texas - Anne enjoyed all the animals, from raising baby budgie parakeets, baby bunnies to puppies, kitties, frogs and turtles.
Anne started studying animal behavior and training in 1999 when she adopted her fun loving JRT "Biscuit". Then in 2002, Anne received a Certification as a Canine Obedience Instructor through the Animal Behavior and Training Associates (ABTA).
She continues to study animal behavior through professional continuing education programs and is a professional member of the Animal Behavior Associates, a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, is qualified to perform CPR & First Aide on Animals, an approved American Kennel Club CGC Evaluator and supports several local rescues and shelters with behavioral evaluations, consultations and behavior assistance.
Anne is also working and studying behavior training for other animals such as potbellied pigs, cats and horses and continues to seek new opportunities to work with all kinds of animals.
Her greatest joy is experiencing each Animal-Human bond and finding the best way for that family to communicate effectively, consistently and enjoy living with their pet.
Anne teaches through blended Positive Motivation, Force-Free Techniques utilizing Reward Based Methods. Most importantly she teaches each pet owner how to communicate with their dog on a level the dog will understand and consistently respond to. Science is a big tool for Anne's approach to training and so education is a big part of your sessions with her. She has graduated many dogs from very small to very large with wonderful success. CLIENT TESTIMONIALS
Colleen Holden, ABCDT
Certified Dog Trainer
Colleen has always had a love for animals. Growing up in the northeast she knew that at some point she wanted to work with animals and do competition agility. Colleen first met Anne while training her German Shephard "Dakota" in 2009. That was when she realized it was time to get started on her new career. She then went on to tutor under Anne and graduate from the Animal Behavior College in 2010.
Colleen now also owns a full-of-spunk mini-Aussie named "Kylee" and is on her way learning to do competition agility. She loves to watch the dogs run, learn and enjoy the obstacles. She uses positive motivation techniques for teaching to dogs the obstacles and is very patient , they warm up to her gentle approach quickly. Colleen also volunteers for the Greyhound Unlimited rescue as well as other rescues and shelters around the DFW Metroplex.
In addition to her new company Canine Athletic Training, Colleen teaches the XDog Agility Challenge classes, level 1 & 2 for us with hopes to start new workshops soon.
Substitute Group Class Teachers
Specialty Pet Training has a strict guideline for any substitute teacher we work with.
Subs are contracted to teach group classes in a variety of locations across the Metroplex. All of our subs have completed extensive obedienc e programs and must have worked with trouble dogs with rescues or shelters. We feel that a true, quality trainer can help any dog in any situation.
If you would like more information about who is teaching your class or how to become a substitute teacher please feel free to email us for more information.