My great pride is to get happy dogs with their families.
Positive training is essential to reach it.
Who am I
Maybe like you, I found the early days of having a puppy very challenging. When I first rescued Sushi at 5 months from Ozark Homeward Bound, she was very shy. Sushi was afraid of noises, unable to climb stairs and timid in her new surroundings.
I was frustrated trying to understand how to work with this sweet, scared young puppy until I realized that training was the answer.
Through training, Sushi became more responsive, happy, confident and free. Sushi and I discovered a whole new world.
With my eyes opened to this new world I decided to change my career.
I enrolled and completed The Karen Pryor Academy training, a leading positive reinforcement and science based dog training method with a worldwide reputation for having great success.
I completed 6 months of intense training, which included workshops, videos, exercises, homework, assignments, quizzes and different tests.
While taking the classes I also volunteered with the nonprofit organization, Your Dog's Friend in Rockville, MD, as an assistant dog trainer and with
Since completing my training I have continued to volunteer while starting my business, Sir Doggie.
While living in South Africa, I was involved with the Guide Dogs Association and volunteered as a trainer and supervisor. During this time, I am most proud of raising Oslo.
Oslo is now a Service Dog in Capetown.
I am back in the DC area and I'm volunteering with the
Once again I am volunteering and assisting with classes for puppy Kindergarten, basic obedience, basic manners, puppy parties, and agility at Your Dog's Friend.
Oh I forgot! You won't miss my French accent!
I'm French and fluent in English.
Sushi came to us from Kentucky
when she was 5 months old
Oslo and his new person,
then his life with me in South-Africa
"We have been using the services of Sir-Doggie when we first got our puppy, Bodie, 2-months old at the time. Gaelle is a wonderful trainer. She has taught our family so many different things that have enabled us to manage him. We still have a lot to learn, but I am confident that by working closely with Gaelle we will be able to reach our goal of having a well-trained and happy dog that will bring us joy for many years to come. I highly recommend Sir-Doggie!"
S. W. with Bodie – EBCA - Bethesda, MD