Meet the Trainers:








Sandra Chicoine, M.Ed, CPDT-K.A.,

Founder, Owner

is a certified professional dog trainer by the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers. She received her master’s degree in education from the University of Vermont. She has studied dog training and animal behavior from Dr. Ian Dunbar, Jean Donaldson, and  Dr. Sophia Yin. She has been a volunteer dog trainer at Homeward Bound since 2010 and has over 6 years of training experience in our community. Her main goal is to use her experience teaching people to train their dogs in ways that help dog owners develop positive, loving relationships with their canine companions. Helping her students understand how dogs learn aids them in communicating with their pets in ways that are productive.

Taking a class from Best Buddy K9 Training will teach you that having patience, a positive attitude, and consistency with your pet will help create a learning environment where you and your dog can live a lifetime together as best friends. BBK9T is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, whose mission is to promote caring relationships between dogs and people by educating people in canine behavior and emphasizing professionalism and reward-based training. These trainers believe in the APDT vision that all dogs are effectively trained through dog-friendly techniques and therefore are lifelong companions in a relationship based on mutual trust and respect. 

MESSAGE FROM HEAD TRAINER:

As a volunteer at Homeward Bound, Addison County's Humane Society, I constantly see the harsh reality of the poor socialization, care, and training many dogs get previous to the arrival at the shelter. I see a clear need in the community for dog training and education. I will help you, and your family, build the relationship with your dog you both deserve so that you both get the most out of life. You and your dog should be a great companions and best friends. Best friends are not rude; they listen to you when you ask, and respond when you need them. We will show you how to create this dynamic with your dog in a way that is non-threatening and respectful. Dogs need lifelong training, exercise, and mental stimulation and it turns out- so do we! We can help you and your dog get all three. I work full time as a high school teacher and do dog training in my spare time because I love it. I am currently working on my CPDT-KA certification​.

     As dog lovers I also feel we should all take responsibility in helping homeless dogs in our community. I encourage you to donate to and volunteer at your local animal shelter if you can. When you decide to get another dog please adopt from a local shelter or rescue and give a dog who needs it, a forever home. If you are local please visit Homeward Bound's webpage for more information at  homewardboundanimals.org or visit the shelter nearest you!




Heather LaDuke, B.S., B.A.
Assistant trainer Heather LaDuke will help you keep your head up at class! Another volunteer trainer at the local animal shelter, Heather is used to working with difficult dogs. Her kind, gentle patience will help you and your dog at class.