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We believe the bond between a person and a dog is a special bond that has value and should be treated at all times with respect. We are dedicated to providing only the highest-quality services, products and information that enhance all facets of that bond in a positive manner. We are committed to creativity, leadership and excellence in everything we are and everything we do. We will constantly strive to improve our personal knowledge, skills and abilities so that we can be the best instructors possible. We will seek professional certifications and skill recognition in our field. We will engage our clients in a friendly, ethical and moral manner at all times and respect the uniqueness of each and every relationship. We will always respect and value the bonds we have with each other, our own families and our own pets. We recognize our corporate responsibility to the community to aid other efforts to protect and preserve the bond between people and animals.

Since leaving the full-time practice of law in 2006 to become a professional dog trainer, Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell, Esq., MPA, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA, has helped dog owners and fellow dog trainers worldwide better understand and appreciate the role instincts play in family dog behavior and how to work with those instincts to help dogs achieve their full potential as enjoyable companions. She owns BonaFide Dog Academy LLC, an award-winning dog training facility in Omaha, NE.

Dawn has been a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA) since 2005, and is also a Certified Behavioral Consultant Canine-Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA), an American Kennel Club (AKC) obedience and rally obedience judge, an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, and an award-winning author. A member of the Dog Writers Association of America, her work has appeared in local, regional, and national publications, including Top Tips from Top Trainers, published by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She has been interviewed nationally and internationally on a variety of dog-related topics. Dawn is the author of Terrier-Centric Dog Training: From Tenacious to Tremendous and From Birdbrained to Brilliant: Teaching the Sporting Dog to Be a Great Companion, both published by Dogwise Publications. Her third book, From Obsessive to Outstanding: Teaching the Herding Dog to be a Great Companion, received the 2015 Capt. Haggerty Award for the Best Dog Training Book or Article from the DWAA. Dawn is an advocate for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and service dogs. She has lectured at medical schools and disabled veterans' conferences about the ADA, the rights and responsibilities of service dog owners, and service dog training. She also worked as a behavioral consultant for a national dog food company.

Dawn has successfully competed with dogs from the herding, non-sporting, sporting, and terrier groups in a wide range of activities, including conformation, obedience, rally obedience, agility, tracking, scent work, earthdog testing, musical freestyle, and weight pulling. Several of her dogs have been nationally ranked in their respective sports. Her dogs regularly appear in local and national print and video productions and two of her dogs are therapy dogs who assist in school reading programs. Dawn currently participates in a number of activities with her two Jack Russell Terriers, Lizzie B. and Glitch, Border Collie Gabriel, and Dalmatian Ember.

(Pictured with Dawn is Ember.)

Stephanie comes to us with experience in a wide range of training venues. She has lent her talents to training in the shelter environment as well as teaching group and private sessions for pet dog owners across the metro area on topics that range from basic obedience to modifying problem behaviors.

Stephanie graduated with honors from the Animal Behavior College as a certified dog trainer in 2007. She is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and is also a member of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). An avid volunteer, she donates her time and expertise to help select, train, and handle service dogs. She also headed up the PAWSitiveOutcomes training program at the Nebraska Youth Correctional Facility where she volunteered her time, instructing basic manners classes where inmates work to train rescue dogs and prepare them for their forever homes. She also serves as a mentor for future dog trainers through the Animal Behavior College and volunteers for various local rescue organizations. Her other credits include a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology, as well as an M.S. in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in both Public Administration and Counseling and a MS in Community Counseling.

(Pictured with Stephanie from left to right: Kaia, Duke and Angel. Photo courtesy of Dancing Dog Photography.)

Cheryl has been training dogs for the past ten years and is a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator. Her passion is working on solving behavioral issues so owners can keep their dogs as happy, well-adjusted family members. She loves working with very shy, as well as reactive dogs and feels success when they can confidently take walks with their owners and are part of a well-balanced family. She enjoys continually studying behavioral science and attending workshops geared towards the rehabilitation of fearful and reactive dogs.

Cheryl is proud to have founded Nebraska Dachshund Rescue and served as the organization’s President. She has also served as the Vice President of Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska (G.R.R.I.N.). Cheryl is a certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA), has the DN-FSG1 certification, and is also an active member with Doggone Safe, a company that provides dog bite safety training to school children. In addition, she is an active member of Professional Pet Guild, which provides ongoing education to dog trainers to keep them current on any force-free training techniques and behavior science.

Cheryl has 4 dogs: Eli (rescued dachshund), Sammy (rescued dachshund mix), Piggy (rescued Chihuahua) and Ellie (rescued dachshund). When Eli was adopted he exhibited many reactive issues. Today he is a "recovering reactive dog" who helps mentor other reactive dogs. Although Cheryl isn't involved now with day to day rescue, she does continue to help local rescue groups with home visits and occasional fostering and loves to put her knowledge and skills to work helping rescue dogs with fear or reactivity issues build their confidence so they can be successfully adopted.

Kristi has been involved with rescuing and rehoming dogs with groups in NE, IA & KS for over 15 years, specializing in taking in hospice dogs and the older, difficult to rehome dogs.

When a puppy named Jack entered into her life, her interest in dog training was piqued and it quickly developed into a passion.

Today, Kristi works with a rescue organization in St. Louis that picks up street dogs and dogs used for fighting and rehabilitates them using enrichment techniques to enhance the experience of the shelter dogs and train them for life in a home. Many of these dogs have gone on to become therapy dogs and service dogs as well as treasured family pets.

Always one to enjoy a challenge, Kristi has an avid interest in dogs with behavior "quirks" and teaching them and their owners the life lessons and skills needed for success in today's world.

Knowing the importance of early socialization for puppies and effective communication between dogs and their families, Kristi enjoys sharing her experiences with others and starting them down the correct path to a great life together.

Kristi is a member of APDT and The Professional Pet Guild and she continues to enhance her education by attending seminars on training and behavior modification.

Kristi and Jack have earned his CGC title, his AKC Community Canine title and APDT Rally Level 1 title, and they participate in activities such as canicross, weight pulling, tracking and nose work.


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