ABOUT US

Our Philosophy

Just like humans, not all dogs learn the same. At Command Canine we use a variety of methods including classical and operant conditioning, non-associative learning, counter conditioning, and clicker training.

We use relationship-building training to assess, enrich and build a mutual relationship that stems from trust, respect, and love. We help owners build a bond with their dog by finding the root of the behaviors and training the dog as a whole, instead of giving effortless ways to mask the problems. We reward dogs' good behaviors with treats, toys, and praise; which motivates them to habitually make good decisions!

 

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Chelsey
Founder - Head Trainer/Behavior Specialist 

 

Chelsey decided early in her career to follow her love for dogs and studied dog training and canine psychology. Chelsey attended schooling and hands-on training for 2 years under the tutelage of two different top rated training programs - being exposed to a wide variety of dogs and behaviors.  

She quickly recognized that some dogs need more than basic obedience and started immersing herself into behavior modification where she perfected more advanced techniques to help address behavioral issues.  

For 8 years she has pushed herself to becoming an expert in multiple different training methods in order to be able to effectively manage more difficult cases.  Such as:

  • Counter Conditioning 

  • Behavior Adjustment Training

  • Desensitization

  • Constructional Aggression Treatment

  • LAT Protocol

  • Relaxation Protocol

  • TBTE Behavioral Downs

  • Confidence Boosting through agility and body mechanics

  • Habituation with the Reticular Activating System

  • Systematic Desensibilization

  • Coping Mechanisms and Stress Management to reduce Amygdala Hijacks 

  • Cooperative Care for Vet visits and groomer handling 

 

 

“A lot of dogs have behavioral issues that aren’t recognized.  Just like humans, sometimes dogs have a more deep-seeded issue that impacts their behavior.  If the issues in their mind aren’t correctly identified and understood, standard training methods will have little to no impact on their manners.”


Having many more techniques to utilize, her training methods gave her the ability to customize training plans to the individual dog, leading to a much greater outcomes.  

 

“The core of Command Canine will always be the ability to assess each dog individually, and create a custom training plan that achieves the specific goals for the owner.”

Chelsey is passionate about instilling her methods with all of our trainers in order to promote the most impactful training service possible.  She continues forward with the vision of having each owner break through to their dog, creating a deeper connection and enabling a better life experience than they ever thought possible.  

But don’t take our word for it, check out what our customers are saying…..

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Tony
President

Tony has a vast experience building serviced-based companies. He has founded and grown two companies in the medical industry, providing hospital systems with solutions to improve efficiencies within their OR. By challenging the status quo of the medical industry, he was able to create new solutions, previously never attempted. 

 

After years of building his own companies, he decided to join Chelsey in helping her create a new standard in the dog training industry. He’s passionate about focusing on the customer experience, and ensuring processes are in place that ensure the best possible outcome for you and your dog. 

Rebecca
Behavior Specialist 

Being a Behavior Specialist for over 20 years, Rebecca has seen and worked with almost every imaginable scenario in dog training.  She loves working with dogs that have tried “every other option” and yet still seem to be “stuck” in their bad behaviors.  

 

Before joining Command Canine, Rebecca had her own business for 15 years, working with dogs from all over the country.  She worked with some extremely challenging cases, including working with one of the dogs rescued from Michael Vick and rehabilitating him into a therapy dog.  

 

“I don’t believe there are bad dogs, just bad behaviors.  All behavior is moldable, they just need to be taught how.” 

 

Rebecca is also actively the Behavior Specialist for a Great Dane rescue - training all of the foster parents and adoptive parents in order to start the dogs down the path of rehabilitation.  

 

Today she lives with her husband and dog "Buckley" on a farm in Mooresville. When she isn’t working with dogs, Rebecca is working with her other passions; working with veterans and tutoring disadvantaged children.

Justine
Obedience Specialist 
 

Justine started her career in the dental field, working with closely with children and adults.  However after seeing how dog training dramatically improved her relationship with her own dogs, she became obsessed with learning more about dog behavior and psychology. 

 

She decided to turn her passion into a career. After training and working with dog training companies, Justine eventually started her own dog training business, focusing on basic and advanced obedience. Joining Command Canine allows Justine to focus on doing what she loves most, while having a strong team to support her. 

"I love to see the expression of my clients face during when they see the change in their dog's behavior.  It reminds me what got me into this industry in the first place.  Now it makes me so happy to help people experience that same feeling I felt when they start a new relationship and bond with their dog."

 

Chris 
Obedience Specialist  
 

Always having an interest in dogs, Chris began working professionally with dogs over 8 years ago. His interest developed into a passion as he became exposed to many different dogs and their behaviors while working as a dog groomer, day care manager, and dog walker.  He found that positively impacting a dog’s behavior was extremely rewarding.

 

He followed his passion to train dogs professionally by attending the San Francisco Dog Training Academy where he became certified as a Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant.  After completing his education, he trained dogs and managed facilities at top rated dog training companies in California.  

 

“I love the complex problem solving aspects of dog training and behavior modification.  I firmly believe that each dog is unique and requires a thoughtful approach that is specifically tailored to his or her personality, genetics, and environment.”

 

New to North Carolina, Chris looks to continue to help people nurture a well-rounded and well-adjusted dog, thus greatly improving both the lives of dogs and owners alike so they can lead happier, richer lives.  

 

Dakota
Obedience Specialist  
 

Dakota graduated from UNCC, where she had an amazing collegiate athletic and academic career.  She spent a lot of her time competing in multiple sports such as gymnastics, softball and baseball.  She even competed at the Junior USA Nationals for Olympic Weightlifting and made the USA Women’s National Team Trials roster for Baseball.  

 

On top of all of that, she majored in Sociology where she became immersed in the understanding of social behaviors.  As her studies continued, she became interested in combining her knowledge of social behaviors and her love for animals, specifically dogs.  

 

Dakota has been able to apply her education of how we all learn in order to provide a great perspective to Command Canine.  

 

“There are so many advantages to understanding the human brain and how it compares to how dogs learn. I look forward to providing proven training techniques and the best methods to give the best experience for our clients.” 

 

Dakota still spends a lot of her free time playing sports when she’s not being around her family, friends, and of course her husky, Jax.