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DogHaven is owned and operated by Karl and Deborah Knowles CPDT PDT ABT. We are certified, veterinarian recommended pet dog trainers. DogHaven has been serving Charlotte and the surrounding communities since 1999, assisting people with basic training, behavioral issues and agility fun.  All of our methodologies are based on creating a positive relationship with your dog. We are a family owned business committed to providing top quality services to meet all of your canine needs. Our primary goal is to make living with your dog easier and more enjoyable.



We are professional members of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals (AABP).  We are CPDT certified and receive at least 40 hours of continuing education every year. We also enjoy volunteering our time to area events, rescue groups and shelters.

At DogHaven we specialize in obedience, agility and behavior management training. We believe that solid obedience training provides the foundation for every aspect of a dog's live including all dog sports. Our training methods are based on positive reinforcement with praise, food and toys as rewards and never includes the use of shock collars. We have found that dogs learn faster and become more consistent in their performance if they enjoy what they are doing. Good attitudes and patience are encouraged from all of our students.


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Deborah is a certified mentor trainer for Animal Behavior College (ABC) and Canine Trainers Academy (CATCH). We provide hands on experience for ABC and CATCH students who have completed the Dog Trainer curriculum.

Deborah is also a graduate of the Companion Animal Science Institute with a diploma in Animal Behavioral Technology.  DogHaven is an authorized provider for the  American Red Cross offering pet CPR and First Aid certification. As of 2014, DogHaven is an authorized  evaluator for the Paws4People Therapy Dog Program.