Paul first noticed his affinity and talent for training while working with packs of dogs as the general manager of a daycare and boarding facility. He would get all the dogs in the pack to sit and stay, come when called, etc., and began to realize and recognize his abilities and passion for helping dogs to learn. From there, he began his foray into the field, first through tons of self-guided research and then with hands-on training from day one with his pup Althea; by taking obedience classes and having many in-depth conversations and lessons with trainer friends and colleagues.
Most recently, after moving back to Connecticut, he worked to expand his knowledge and experience by obtaining a position with a well-known local training facility. He learned many aspects of training from them as well as much about the science of dog behavior and learning.
He is equipped to handle just about any canine issue you can throw at him. His commitment is to helping you and your dog to form a more authoritative, powerful, and lasting bond by demonstrating effective human-canine communication. Obedience begins and ends with having a positive, strong relationship with your dog (very similar to a parental relationship to a child). In the course of doing so, he will help you and your dog to improve obedience skills and reduce more typical unwanted behaviors such as jumping, incessant barking, and counter-surfing, as well as address potentially more severe issues such as aggression.
Originally from Chicago, IL, Paul’s love of dogs began as a child with his family’s loveable and rambunctious terrier rescue. After deciding to make a career transition some years ago, he took on a position as a dog walker and immediately fell in love. Having moved to North Carolina, he continued to pursue his passion by taking on a position as the general manager of a dog daycare and boarding facility before finally making his way to Connecticut. He absolutely loves his new gig as part of the Active Dog team and looks forward to helping you and your pup soon with any training needs you might have!
Dogs and training them have always been a part of Pedro’s life. Along with training his family’s dogs, Pedro has also helped train a number of his friend’s dogs. Seven years before he moved from Massachusetts to Connecticut, Pedro purchased his very own dog, Logan. Logan is a large Blue Nose Pit-bull. Pedro purposely rescued a pit-bull because he believes that proper training, for any dog, is key. It was pretty easy for him to teach the basic commands, sit, come, stop and basic obedience. Wanting to take it a step further he then trained Logan to walk off leash and still respond to commands with multiple distractions.
Pedro has also worked with a dog trainer that specializes in e-collar training. Here he learned how to incorporate the use of an e-collar with traditional dog training. The best part about training his own dog Logan to walk off leash was the reactions he received from strangers. Training your dog to respond to your commands with distractions can go a long way in keeping them safe and out of trouble. It also goes hand in hand with Active Dog hikes!