We are a family-operated business who understand the importance of having a good “village” behind raising and training a family dog. We aim to help families live a life of inclusivity with their dogs, not a life of limitations – and poor behavioral choices only serve to hinder us from fully enjoying our dogs the way we intended to in the first place.
We provide Dog Training services to the Seattle-metro area with a specialization in Puppy Raising and early intervention, Behavior Modification and Aggression Rehabilitation.
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Welcome to Mindful Adventure Dog Academy!
We’re not here to create robot dogs with obedience commands, we’re here to help you enrich your life. Dog training isn’t just obedience commands, it’s a language – a mode of communication. This is where you come to undergo a lifestyle transformation, leadership training, personal development, and become part of the family, surrounded by a Tribe (many of whom have been in your shoes) who will help you along your dog training journey. This journey differs with every person, and we’ve found that most owners who struggle with their dogs may be struggling in other aspects of their lives – communicating clearly and being firm with their boundaries are often the two most common challenges. The best part about this process is watching our clients transform from being hopeless and helpless to brave, confident Badass Dog Owners.
Whether you’ve got a puppy you just want to raise right, to a crazy, out-of-control dog that you think is “untrainable”, or a more serious case of reactivity, fear, or aggression, we’ve got you covered! Don’t wait until problems become overwhelming, preventing poor behaviors and habits is much easier than undoing them.
Empowering struggling dog owners to take charge, lead, and guide their dogs into living the life of inclusivity they deserve.
Meet the founder & lead trainer
Talofa lava! I am so excited to be able to meet and help you get started on your dog training journey. A few things about myself:
I was born and raised in American Samoa, enlisted into the United States Marine Corps right after high school, and was honorably discharged at the tender age of 22.
Dog Training saved my life. I struggled for a long time adjusting to life as a civilian, being unemployed and separated from family and friends, while also struggling with a back injury that severely affected my mobility for a long time. I adopted my first puppy in 2013, and my life drastically changed from that point forward.
I became obsessed with DannyBoy’s “Adventure Bucket List” – we went hiking, kayaking, and have cross-country road tripped quite often. We’ve been on many a grand adventure together – even endured a whole four years of college together. He kept me going through some really tough times. I started fostering for dog rescues, signed up for puppy training classes, and developed an obsession for training and working with DB and fosters. We excelled in our obedience classes, and soon linked up with a Service Dog organization in South Carolina to begin the next phase of our lives together – long story short, the deep bond we developed through training guided me to ultimately becoming a dog trainer.
I continued fostering for rescues, moved to Florida landed my first job working at a dog daycare and boarding facility while simultaneously navigating college full-time. Sounds like a dream job, right? I wasn’t a big fan of the chaotic, unregulated, and stressful environment paired with a regular occurrence of dog fights and bites, and I couldn’t imagine having my personal dog being in such an unpredictable environment. I chose to return to college to pursue a Psychology degree while working full time training dogs.
Mindful Adventure Dog Academy was created with the sole purpose of helping dog owners truly understand who their dog is and what their dog needs to reach their best potential and live a full, quality life. Our vision is to help as many dogs and owners live their best lives through dog training, outdoor and adventure therapy, as well as leadership training. The best version of your dog requires the best versions of their humans. Give yourself the gift of a deeper understanding of your dog, because you all deserve it.
See you in class!