Bee's Dog Services is a Dog Training Company focused on the LIMA model (least intrusive, minimally aversive). We provide various other Dog Services that are influenced by our training and behavioral philosophies and models as well as by our love and respect for the outdoors. All of our services are delivered while respecting the outdoors & the property we walk by.
We are a family owned, bonded, and insured dog services company, located in Avon CT.
Dog Trainer & Behavioral Consultant
In 2017, I decided to leave the corporate world and attend Catch Canine Trainers Academy and earn my Professional Dog Trainer and Behavior Certificate (CCDT certification). While I worked vigorously getting my Dog Trainer certificate, I opened Bee's Dog Service for business in May. We started with walking, hiking, and running while I earned my Dog Training Certificate. Once I completed Catch Academy, I started on my Dog Training Certification, CPDT-KA .
In 2014, we rescued a Aussie mix named Lexi, from a shelter in CT. After adopting Lexi, I decided that my passion was dogs, I love learning how to communicate and train her, as well as loved getting her outside for hiking or a run. Not only did I enjoy the exercise but I could tell she was acting better and seemed overall happier.
In 2016, we rescued another dog, a Doberman Shepherd mix, named Rue.
My family and I worked really hard on training her properly and giving her plenty of exercise, as she was a rescue dog that came with behavior issues that stemmed from her critical stages of puppyhood.
Early in 2018 we brought home a Border Collie named Murray and are currently training him in agility.
We also have a cat, Bodey!
We are passionate about our animals and my clients are our family. We treat your dog as if they are our own. We are proud of what we offer and our services! We love what we do and we love Dogs! We look forward to hearing from you and meeting those fur babies!
Growing up my family always had dogs and cats and it's safe to say I always have had a passion for animals. But it wasn't until 2014, when we adopted Lexi, that I was interested in training and communicating with dogs. They really do have their own language and ways of communicating, mostly movements and body language, and it was interesting to learn. She is very smart and picked up the training fast which drove my interest forward.
I think it is very gratifying to exercise and/or train a dog, it makes both of your lives better.
Hi! My name is Mike and I've been working with dogs for about 4 years. I have experience as a vet tech, a groomer, and most recently a dog daycare attendant. My long term goal is to become a dog trainer so I can't wait to meet your pups! In my spare time I'm with my dog Tucker either working on training or going for a hike.
My family has always had animals, so growing up I was always surrounded by them. I have a golden retriever named Cooper, a cat named Chloe and a goldfish named Dave. I’ve always wanted to work with animals and get to learn and understand them better. I took the veterinary assistant program at Tunxis community college last fall and when I found out Bee was hiring I knew I would be a perfect fit. I look forward to the good times ahead.
I have been surrounded by dogs ever since I was a teenager. When I was 14, my parents adopted our first family dog, a Shepherd mix named Farley. When my wife and I first married, we brought an amazing Miniature Australian Shepherd named Bourbon into our life and a few years later adopted another Mini Aussie named Bella. Since they were very active dogs, we spent our weekends at Flyball tournaments for many years.
My wife’s parents raced sled-dogs back then and I very much enjoyed taking two of their dogs, Mitch and Charlie out to go skijoring (we even won a few races together)!
Now, many years later, we now enjoy walking and playing frisbee with our little Blue Merle Mini Aussie, Trixie!
I am very exited to bring my passion and experience with dogs to Bee’s Dog Services!
Our Dog Handlers focus on both exercise and basic training aspects of each visit. Dogs are always in recording/learning/training mode which means we always have to prevent unwanted behaviors and reinforce good behaviors, each and every visit. They also maximize distance and speed while maintaining a controlled pace that your pups sets. This level of exercise is provided while promoting good walking behaviors that are reinforced with positive reinforcement training methods, as well as not promoting 'bad' behaviors. Bad behavior examples: Pulling, leash reactivity, eating items off the ground, drinking puddle water, relieving themselves in undesirable areas, and much more.
Our Dog Handlers are trained with our proprietary training system, which is designed from industry standard techniques and scientifically proven methods. All of our dog handlers have a history in dog training, want to learn more about dog training, or they are currently taking classes, beyond BDS proprietary classes, to become a dog trainer.
All staff is American Red Cross Cat and Dog First Aid trained.
Dogs have a language all of their own. Mostly body language and signals, called Dog Calming Language. It is this language that helps dogs to interact and play without escalating to unwanted behaviors. Calming Language gives pups the ability to say when enough is enough, in a non-aggressive manner, or to set the stage early that all is in good fun. Learning this language is the most vital part of dog to dog interaction and is a major part of socialization. It helps to set a positive association with all dogs, limiting unwanted behaviors and fear. This is not something that a human can teach a pup, it has to be learned from another dog. Sometimes this learning occurs when the puppy is young from their mother, if not taken away too early, or through chance in dog on dog interaction. Lexi's motherlike, sweet, calm and playful demeanor makes her the perfect teacher, that and the fact that she is an expert at all of the calming language signals. Through many years of interactions she has learned all of the signals and has become our Dog Calming Language Teacher. She is very excited to meet each and every puppy, as well as their family, and helps every puppy with their language during our in-home puppy classes.