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.
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
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.
We are also an accredited business
by the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating.