Meet The Team
Phil Lassiter, Owner and Head Trainer
I cannot imagine life without dogs. I have had dogs my whole life and have experienced great friendships with those dogs. Watching my childhood shows like Lassie, Run Joe Run, the Bionic Woman with her bionic dog Max, and the movie The Doberman Gang only reinforced my interest and desire to work with these wonderful animals. The companionship, loyalty, security and unconditional love that these animals give is unforgettable.
I began my career as a school teacher. I learned to convey information to individuals and large groups. It is truly satisfying to see that “ah-ha” moment when things all come together for individuals. Therefore, a person with teaching skills and a passion for dogs, this was the perfect combination to catapult me training dogs and their owners.
I received a training certification from The ABC dog training school and immediately began training large group classes for basic obedience and private lessons for dogs with behavioural issues. With my personal dogs, I began training/competing in a police dog type of sport called Schutzhund. This was not only, fun but it allowed me the opportunity to learn different training styles; thereby deepening my knowledge, understanding and appreciation for the NEED of clear communication between dog and handler/owner.
Bad dogs rarely exist, however, without proper communication, badly mannered dogs often do exist. The quality of a dog’s life (and owner) exponentially improves when the dog is well behaved. Walks, hikes, car rides, or just hanging out are possible and are more pleasurable. It is my goal to help owners learn good communication skills, to fairly and effectively teach their dogs to co-exist with them in harmony.