My name is Justine and I am the Owner/Trainer of Smokey Oaks K9. We are a small training company located in York, SC. Although Smokey Oaks was just founded this year, I have been training dogs for the last 15 years. After moving to the Carolinas from California last year, I decided 2020 was the year for me start my own business! I believe that dog training is all about creating engagement and forging a bond with your dog. Nothing beats having a relationship with your dog that is founded on trust, understanding, structure, and consistency. I want my dog to work for me because he WANTS to work for me! I want to help you build a better bond and understanding with your dog through foundational obedience, confidence building, and structure. I believe that many issues with dogs can be addressed by going back to the foundations and working with the dog on impulse control and better decision making skills. My goal is to teach your dog how to learn and you how to train!
I love being able to see families enjoy their dogs so much more after training! Being able to take your dog out to enjoy family adventures is a great feeling.
I also love what I do because I truly believe that a lack of training is the number one reason why dogs end up in the shelter. My goal is to help people keep their dogs in their homes through training.
Justine and Christian are extremely knowledgeable, friendly and supportive. I have a 3 yr old dog that has no obedience and I've been told she's too old to train. In less than 30 min Justine had her sitting, putting her feet on a touch pad and coming to her. JUSTINE ROCKS!
Very knowledgeable and great communication! Absolutely loved working with Justine! I’m excited to continue my dog’s education!
The first step to working with us is to set up a FREE 30 minute phone consultation. This allows us to get an insight to the issues you are having with your dog and how our training programs can help you achieve your goals.
I believe that dog trainers should always be learning. No one person knows everything and no dog is perfect. I do my best to attend as many dog and behavior related seminars that I can. I am also fortunate to work with a network of trainers who spends their free time training. I am constantly learning from those around me and I encourage everyone to do the same!
The pricing for our programs and services can be viewed at www.smokeyoaksk9.com
I have been working with dogs since I was old enough to hold a leash. I have been training dogs for the last 15 years, however, it has always been my favorite hobby. I have spent time working as a Veterinary Technician for about 10 years, and have worked in many shelters and rescues helping with behavior and training. I spent 3 years as the Chief of Operations for a non-profit service dog organization and helped train service dogs for Veterans. This was a very rewarding job and I loved every minute of it! I have also spent time working as a manager for a dog boarding and daycare facility. I have a variety of experience in different fields with many different species of animals, but I have always found myself coming back to dogs. I truly believe that there is nothing quite like the bond between a dog and their person!
If a dog trainer tells you their dog is 100% trained... run the other way! I truly believe that no matter how well trained your dog is, there is always something more you could learn or improve on and a good trainer never stops learning!
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