Bonnie Benton 


I first became interested in dog training after adopting my dog Connor during my last semester of college. The humane society had a basic training program for adopters and new pets, and that experience got me hooked on positive reinforcement training. Part of the program included reading articles and excerpts from training books including “The Culture Clash.” Connor turned me into a dog trainer; he is very intelligent and loves learning new things. My journalism skills — I research and ask a lot of questions — helped me discover more about how dogs learn and how we interact with them.

  • I also have volunteered with a shelter and at one point took a few years away from journalism to work as part of the shelter staff. For the past eight years, I have been teaching basic obedience classes, puppy classes, one-on-one lessons and classes for reactive dogs. I enjoy helping people learn to understand canine body language so they gain a deeper understanding of their canine family members. Helping shy and fearful dogs gain confidence is also one of my passions.

    • Instructor at Narnia Pet Behavior & Training

    • Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers

    • Evaluator for the APDT C.L.A.S.S. (Canine Life And Social Skills) program

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Quick Start Package

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In-Home Training

For those who prefer personalized training in the comfort of your home, we offer several options with one of our experienced behavioral trainers using only humane, science-based methods.

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