MEET THE OWNER
Hi, I'm Bonnie, owner, founder, and head trainer at SLO DOG ADVENTURES. I've been in business here on the Central Coast since 2016. I am licensed, insured, bonded, CPR certified, and I am a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals. I have learned everything I know about dogs because of my hands on learning approach and my urge to better communicate and understand animals. I have attended and audited many training workshops and seminars, shadowed fellow canine professionals any chance I get, read books and listened to podcasts on dog psychology and behavior in my free time, and practiced years of trial and error to gain the knowledge and skills that I have now. I will always make it a priority to keep learning how to effectively use new techniques, ideologies, and tools to better help my clients and their dogs.
I was born and raised in Arroyo Grande, CA. I have always been an animal lover and a fan of the outdoors. Growing up I had many family dogs, and a wide variety of other pets that I adored and loved, ranging from birds, rodents, snakes, horses, and pigs. My hobbies include hiking, mountain biking, archery, horseback riding, kayak fishing, and basically anything that includes a good workout, animals, and being outside breathing in that fresh Central Coast air. I started this business so that I could ditch my office job, and truly enjoy what I do for work. Better yet, actually make a difference in peoples lives, by providing a service that so many people need. What gives me the most fulfillment is helping dogs become better communicators with each other through guidance and the use of the pack at my day camp program, and guiding their owners to become better leaders by helping them understand dog behavior and psychology through private training sessions. I want everyone to have a dog that is enjoyable and easy to get along with in the home, as well as when you are out on the town or in nature. This means your dog must learn to be calm, and confident while respecting boundaries and responding to social cues. With consistency in the pack, and follow through from the owner, we can create a balanced dog together, that can be enjoyed and trusted whether it be on a hike, at a restaurant patio, the beach, dog park, or just relaxing at home.
MEET THE TEAM
Jade is a 6 year-old mini Aussie. She was adopted at 9 months old, after being relinquished by her previous owner for behavioral issues. We knew that she was just misunderstood, and needed more leadership in order to flourish. She has been a very sweet, eager to please, and loyal companion ever since. She is called the "assistant trainer" by many, because she plays a key role in helping regulate energy and maintain structure at day camp. She also assists with client private training sessions. She is a top hand. When she isn't working, she loves hiking, running along side a mountain bike, sunbathing, or cuddling her family.
Pepper is a 1.5 year old mini long haired dachshund. We rescued her when she was 1 year old from a family who could no longer care for her. At a year old, she wasn't potty trained, didn't have an understanding of the leash, kennel, basic obedience or socialization. Today she is a balanced dog, well trained, and is an important part of our pack. She assists in training adult dogs and puppies alike and showing that little dogs need to be given space and respect too. She loves greeting clients when they come to our property for a training session or to drop their dog off for boarding. She is full of personality and joins us for camping trips, restaurant outings, hikes, etc with confidence. She loves life and is down for any adventure!
CLYDE & DUDE
Clyde is a 6 year-old cat that is often seen roaming the training/day camp facility, or napping in the sun by the dog social yard. He loves greeting all clients, human and canine alike, by rubbing up against them and giving a friendly meow. This cat really is fearless. He has helped countless clients dogs overcome their fear of cats, or helped to teach boundaries if needed. During his night shift, he helps control the rodent population on the 5 acres he lives on. Dude is just a kitten that loves all people, dogs, etc! you can find him trying to sneak into your car if you visit our property, and if you sit down for long enough you will find him in your lap purring away. He is a total sweetie and so goofy and playful.
Brecon is our assistant boarding manager and social media content creator. He enjoys the mental and physical aspect of working with dogs, and finds that he learns something new every time he is at the other end of the leash. His passion for photography and his effortless creativity makes him the perfect fit to help out with all things social media. When he isn't working with us he's working to reach goals in his career in the Air Force. In his free time, he loves cooking, staying fit at the gym, camping, biking, and sunset watchin' with family and friends. Were lucky to have Brecon as part of our team!
Savannah is our head dog handler at Day Camp. She has 4 years of dog handing and training experience. Her eagerness to learn and her love for dogs is what makes her a great addition to our team. She was born and raised in Santa Maria, CA and loves living on the central coast. Her hobbies include hiking with her dogs, listening to true crime podcasts/documentaries, spending time at the lake, and working on her truck or other vehicles with her grandpa.