What makes us different
Training is what we do.
In the same way that you wouldn’t go to a doctor that was a full time chef who did surgery on the side for extra cash, we believe you shouldn’t trust your dogs development and training to anyone who treats training as an “add on” to a larger business. At Heavenly Hounds our passion and purpose is to provide excellent services that will help you to train your dog effectively using positive methods that will improve your relationship and be fun for everyone involved. Our goal is for your dog to develop good habits, strong self esteem, and grow into a confident, well mannered dog both at home and in public.
We are experienced.
All of our trainers carry years of experience and have attended seminars, conferences and training camps – many are even pursuing or already have national certifications for training! We are always trying to better ourselves by constantly engaging in continuing education so we can stay on top of our game and provide you with the very best service, backed by the newest scientific behavior research.
Personalized Training Approach. We do not carry a “one-size-fits-all” mentality. Even in our group classes, our instructors will find ways to make learning easier for both you and your dog. Every dog and family are different and we strive to make a training program that is right for YOU.
Large Training Space.
Unlike some facilities that cram you into a small box with several other dogs and their people, our facility allows for you to work next to and near other dogs without feeling like you are on top of them. Our facility gives us the opportunity to spread out when we need to but is not so big that your dog won’t learn how to work in a distracting environment with other dogs nearby.
We teach your whole family. We believe in teaching YOU how to teach your dog. After all, when you are at home, our trainers won’t be there with you if something comes up. Kids are welcome to join in and switch off with the adult handlers so that everyone gets a chance to see how it is all done.
Training is FUN and EFFECTIVE.
Our training methods keep your dog excited about training and make it fun for both you and your dog. You will find that when a dog enjoys training, you both will reap the benefits of it both from the training itself and the bond it creates between you.
Stephanie and her Portugese Water Dogs, Daisy and CJ, the much beloved dogs who started it all but are, sadly, no longer with us. Lost but not forgotten.
Owner/Director of Training and Behavior
Stephanie has been professionally training dogs for over 15 years. Upon earning her Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, Stephanie felt that her true “calling” was working professionally with dogs and made her passion into her profession. She trained under some of the top trainers in New Jersey, and was an instructor at the nationally recognized St. Hubert’s Dog Training School in Madison, NJ. Stephanie is also certified AKC CGC Evaluator.
She believes that positive training strengthens the bond between dogs and their humans, and that is the only true way to achieve behavior modification. She regularly attends training and behavior seminars in order to increase her knowledge and skill set. Believing strongly in networking, Stephanie is in constant communication with other trainers in order to share thoughts, ideas and methodologies.
She currently resides in Lawrenceville, New Jersey with her husband, two children and their rescue pups Bug and Hiccup, and German Short-haired Pointer Archie.
Jess and Zero
Jess has been training dogs for nearly seven years. Before becoming a dog trainer, she earned her BA in Psychology and her Elementary Education Certificate from Rutger’s University. Jess worked in early childhood education as a teacher for six years and eventually became the school’s director for four additional years.
Nicole and Renegade
Nicole (Lorenzetti) Yuhas
Nicole has been working with dogs for over 15 years beginning in a dog kennel at just 16 years old. After earning herself a full scholarship for acting at Rider University, she spent most of her college career either on stage, building sets, or doing her favorite...
Alex with Major Tom and Piper
Alex grew up in a home surrounded by animals including reptiles, cats, dogs, and horses. She got her first introduction to animal training and behavior at the age of thirteen when she began assisting her riding instructor with training horses and teaching riding lessons and summer camps.
Katelyn grew up around dogs her whole life. She first caught the dog training bug when her mother, Tricia, started training in 2008, when Katelyn was only fourteen years old. Ever since then Katelyn has developed a love for working with people and their dogs and helping to foster a family’s bond with its pet.
Melinda with Edison and Franklin
CPDT-KA, CDBC, VSPDT
Melinda is a long- time practitioner of force-free, positive reinforcement dog training with 20 years professional experience. She is a Nationally Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.
Donna and Luke
Donna started her dog training career the moment she brought her German Shepherd, Luke, home. She just didn’t know it yet. After attending puppy class at Heavenly Hounds, she knew she had her work cut our for her with her spirited new dog and she set out to learn as much as she could about dog training and behavior.
Sheryl with Phoebe and Chandler
Sheryl has been surrounded by pets of all kinds most of her life. She graduated from The College of New Jersey (TSC) and has owned and operated a graphic design business for the last 18 years. After getting her puppy Phoebe in 2014, Sheryl signed up for training classes at Heavenly Hounds and caught the training bug.
Tricia and Miki
CPDT-KA, Co-founder AIR Therapy Dogs: Paws for Minds, Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor
After a 20 year corporate career in marketing, Tricia Baker took her love for animals and started her career as a teacher of dog training. Tricia’s belief is that a well-behaved dog adds significant value to our lives.
Junior Trainers and Assistants
Liz found her way into dog training after attending Basic and Tumultuous Teens Two classes at Heavenly Hounds. Liz had been around dogs, and had a dog at a younger age, but once she was able to have a dog as an adult, she knew the first step would be dog training classes to make sure to set the dog up for success.
Emily adopted her first dog after graduating from The College of New Jersey and moving down to North Carolina. She became fascinated with training when she was working with her dog, Cooper. After she eventually moved back home from NC to NJ, she spent time...
ABCDT - Assistant Trainer
Moises is a certified Professional dog trainer through the Animal Behavior College with years of experience personally and professionally. He has volunteered for animal shelters and is passionate helping dogs and pet parents succeed.
Ashley has always had a love of animals. Growing up she had dogs, cats, fish, lizards, and ferrets, to name a few. During her senior year of high school she volunteered at the Hamilton Animal Shelter.
Sommer started assisting at Heavenly Hounds after attending the Basic class with her puppy, Loki. An avid animal lover from a young age, she was always interested in dogs and dog training. She believes in the positive training techniques taught at Heavenly Hounds and enjoys being able to help other dog owners achieve success.