She, her husband Dirk and their three animals, dog Dooper and rescue cats, Molly and Scully, travel to Park City, Utah where they live at their condo (www.rccondo.com) for a few months during summer and fall. Pat is active in two Methodist churches; one in Georgia and the other in Utah. When she’s not training students, Pat thrives on yoga, hiking with Dooper, biking, swimming, kick-boxing and golfing. She loves reading (mostly dog books), painting and photography. She takes shots of students during class time.
Pat and Dooper are a Therapy Dog team::
Dooper loves his weekly therapy dog visits to the local hospital in Park City, Utah. Pat sees the joy he brings to both employees and patients. Dooper even gets to help in physical therapy.
Pat loves to learn:
A quest for knowledge in the dog training field keeps her continually learning through conferences, DVDs, books, webinars and dog-trainer discussion boards.
- Pat’s a Certified Dog Trainer from the Georgia Accredited Jo-Thor’s Dog Training Academy where she graduated with Honors.
- Pat’s a Canine Good Citizen (CGC), Community Canine (CGCA) and STAR Puppy Evaluator approved by the American Kennel Club (AKC) www.akc.org.
- Pat’s an active member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) www.apdt.com.
Pat gives back:
- Pat’s fast becoming the “GO-TO” trainer for Therapy Dog Training for people and their dogs to learn how to visit kids, assisted living homes, hospitals, hospices, schools and libraries.
- Pat volunteers for animal rescue groups. Pat volunteers and gives financial support to Friends of Animals (www.friendsofanimals.org) organization in Park City, Utah, and makes donations to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (www.bestfriends.org) in Kanab, Utah and Caring 4 Creatures (caring4creatures.com) in Demorest, Georgia.
- Pat’s donates to Right-to-Hike Inc, (www.righttohikeinc.com) the foundation created in memory of her student and friend, Meredith Emerson.
- Pat is very proud of the prestigious distinction of winning Atlanta Magazine’s, BEST DOG TRAINER Award!
- Pat and her dog Dooper have their own training DVD! That’s right, Pat and her dog Dooper star in their very own training DVD called Teach that Dog! Super Good Manners, which is for dogs 5 months and older and which follows her Super Good Manners 6-weeks training class.
- Pat’s an advisor to the Stars! Television celebrity and interior designer, Cinda Boomershine consulted with Pat for help designing a doggie-playground area for one of her recent TBS Movie and a Make-Over projects.
Pat is Veterinarian Recommended:
BEST FRIEND VET HOSPITAL & PET LODGE, www.bestfriendvets.com
1210 Tuscany Dr., Braselton (770) 307-0903
(across from Chateau Elan on Hwy 211)
BROWN’S BRIDGE ANIMAL HOSPITAL (Gainesville) (770) 536-8831
CHATEAU ANIMAL HOSPITAL, www.chateauanimalhospital.com
2095 Hwy 211 NW, Suite 2A, Braselton (770) 868-1349
(in the Publix shopping center across from Chateau Elan)
FRIENDSHIP SPRINGS VETERINARY CARE, www.friendshipspringsvet.com
7380 Spout Springs Rd, Ste 160, Flowery Branch (770) 967-8387 (in the Kroger shopping center)