Our Trainers

Get To Know Our Trainers

Meet or very experienced and talented dog trainers. They love dogs and will care for your dog as their own.

Heather Moore – CPDT-KA

Founder

Heather Moore has 20 years of experience training dogs and helping owners to modify their dogs’ problem behaviors. She worked with Purely Positive Dog Training in Charleston, SC until recently relocating to TN. She has been a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and Pet Professional Guild (PPG).  Her own dogs have titled in AKC Rally Obedience Novice and Advanced, and earned Therapy Dog Certifications. She is an evaluator for the Canine Good Citizen Test for the AKC. She also has seven years experience as a teacher of elementary age children. This combination of skills led her to co-found the first Kids and Dogs Camp in Charleston, SC, as well as the first training class for kids and their pet dogs in that area.

Since living in Tennessee, she has spent many hours volunteering at a local shelter helping them assess dogs and promoting them on Facebook. She has established a training program and trained staff on how to make a dog more adoptable by using positive training. She frequently offers programs for the public teaching how to train shelter dogs.

Heather is currently responsible for all dangerous dogs and potentially dangerous dog court cases in Rutherford County. Residents must complete training with her to help their dog improve their behavior.

Heather also helps several local rescue groups. She loves match making and finding the perfect dog for your family. As a mother of two young boys, Heather has a practical and friendly approach towards training the family dog. Her methodology focuses on leadership, structure, and positive reinforcement. All training is gentle and humane, while also being user-friendly and efficient. Heather, her husband Lance, and sons Parker and Wyatt, share their home with 2 border collies, 2 cats, 9 chickens, 4 horses, a hedgehog, and her son’s pet lizard.

Cathy Johnson – CPDT-KA

Trainer

Cathy has a deep love of animals and a passion for education that has led her to own a variety of pets and spend her life teaching people and training dogs for more than 20 years. Her goal in every training situation is to help people to train their dog to be the best companion possible through positive training methods.

She is constantly widening her training knowledge by attending sessions at the annual Karen Pryor Clicker Expo, participating in seminars led by professional trainers, and working alongside other skilled trainers who are passionate about their dogs. She has been an AKC Canine Good Citizen and STAR puppy evaluator for 10 years, and has had the joy of seeing countless people successfully achieve these accolades with their canine companions. She particularly enjoys working with puppies and their people, and has taught many positive puppy lessons. Cathy has put obedience, therapy, Canine Good Citizen, Musical Freestyle, Trick Dog and Championship titles on her dogs.

Cathy and her husband never have a dull moment in their house with their Wirehaired Vizsla, Souldier, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Guinness.

Kat Rogers – APDT

Trainer

Kat Rogers likes dogs about as much as dogs like peanut butter- which is to say, a lot. Kat is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and has attended the 2018 and 2019 APDT conferences. She has also attended the 2019 Clicker Expo and Pet Professional Guild conferences, and intends to attend many more. Her passion for animals doesn’t stop at just dogs- Kat is also the Head Animal Trainer and Enrichment Specialist at Kentucky Down Under Zoo, where she works with wolves, dingoes, foxes, lemurs, and even kangaroos. Kat has a soft spot for rescue dogs, owning a rescue border collie herself, and works with both Operation Education and Middle Tennessee Treasures animal rescues. She is working towards getting her Certified Professional Dog Trainer certification and will continue to further her education in the field of dog training and animal behavior consulting.

Erica Marshall – CPDT

Trainer

Erica is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and a premium professional member of and Co-Chair of the Membership Task Force, for the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. She is also a foster for National Great Pyrenees Rescue. She is a transplant from the East Coast, living in the Murfreesboro area. She has been working with animals for over 20 years and has worn many hats in the animal field, working in veterinary clinics, boarding kennels and humane societies.

Her passion has always been dog behavior and training. She most enjoys helping the bond develop between owner and dog as they learn to communicate better through positive training and interactions. She especially enjoys involving children in the process of working with their family dog.

She has trained and titled her own dogs in Rally Obedience, Agility and good public manners. She currently has 2 wonderful dogs; a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a terrier mix, 4 cats, 2 children and a very understanding husband.

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