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Meet Penny

My journey to becoming a dog trainer began in 1995 when I adopted my first dog from Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue located in the San Francisco Bay area. Jordan was a sweet 2-year-old yellow Labrador. He became my constant companion, but, while he excelled in obedience classes, he barked fiercely when people came to our front door.  

Penny training with Puppy Blanca

Jordan's behavior was beyond my control and understanding. I felt frustrated and embarrassed. I needed help. I felt as if I opened Pandora's box when I tried to find a trainer. There were so many different approaches and attitudes. Bottom line: I loved my dog, but I didn't want to bully him into submission. I wanted to work with him to become his guardian and leader. Turns out what he needed most was guidance and leadership. Obedience followed naturally using this approach. I began researching and meeting with trainers from across the globe to learn everything I could about dogs for Jordan's sake. I used my new found knowledge to begin helping friends and family with their dogs. I gained further experience as a volunteer at the Humane Society in Novato, and All About Canines was born. 

My personal education as a dog trainer continues, thanks to on-going webinars and conferences available worldwide, as well as dogs and dog owners I meet through my work. Just like training your dog never ends, neither does my desire to increase my knowledge, so I may help the next dog I meet using Positive Reinforcement, Force Free training.

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Get to Know Penny Locke

Thanks to a dog, I am now a trainer. Learning everything I can about what makes a dog tick, respond, act, and react makes me a better and intentional trainer. I strive for the results you dream of, one dog at a time, one day at a time. I am on the dog's side and am bold enough to tell you when things could be better. I have 2 dogs; Briar, an 8 year old Borzoi, and Hope, a 2 year old Black Labrador, who came to me as a career change year old puppy from Guide dogs. Let's change the course of your dog's life, soon!

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Teaching people how to live successfully with their canine companions
My Approach

Knowing how dogs learn makes training easier. Learning through mentors and trainers who came before me has been invaluable in deciding what makes training successful. As your coach, I will empathize and encourage you to get the best from your individual, unique companion dog using kind, effective techniques.

We train at your dog's pace to achieve lasting results. Training your dog is a family affair that can enhance respect and build a closer bond beyond that previously experienced.

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Thanks to our early work with Penny, we have the happiest, friendly, well socialized dog around. People often comment on his behavior because he’s so full of energy, and yet, clearly under voice control and intensely obedient and happy!—Benjamin B.
Based in Santa Rosa California, serving clients both locally & around the world.