Meet Taylor Lima
AKC CGC & TRICK DOG EVALUATOR
APDT PROFESSIONAL MEMBER
I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Certified Trick Dog Instructor, and hold a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, with a minor in psychology. I have been working with animals my whole life, starting as a child in 4-H working with dairy cows. I then rode horses competitively for about eight years. I have been working with dogs in a professional manner for 10 years, from grooming salons to boarding kennels, and now as a professional trainer. I've worked with practically every breed you could think of, and have experience coaching people and dogs in both group classes and private lessons. I have been lucky to apprentice under many accomplished veteran trainers, such as Kris Crestejo of Modern Canine Training and Leslie Nelson of "Really Reliable Recall" fame.
Before relocating back to my home state of Connecticut in January 2019, I lived in Vancouver, Canada for five years. There I had the opportunity to start my own business, Woof Who's Happy, which I grew from a small dog walking company to a successful dog training business, partnering with a local doggy day care to host group classes, workshops, and seminars. Since coming back to CT, I have begun working at Tails-U-Win! in Manchester as part of their day training program, helping out in the office, and teaching group classes. If you are interested in taking one of my group classes, please contact me for more information.
Pup to Perfection is my way of working privately with clients who might need or desire more individualized attention, or for those dogs who would not do well in a group class setting. By coming to your home, I am able to address more specific issues and help the whole family get on the track for success!
I am a firm believer in reward based training, even though that is not how I originally began working with dogs. You can read more about my training philosophy here and if you would like to see me in action, just check out my YouTube channel!
You can read more about my qualifications below.
CERTIFICATIONS & QUALIFICATIONS
Canine Good Citizen & Trick Dog Evaluator- American Kennel Club
Business Pledge Delegate- The Shock Free Coalition
Certified Trick Dog Instructor, Do More With Your Dog
Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed, Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers
Professional Member- Association of Professional Dog Trainers
Graduate- Dog Trainer Foundations, Karen Pryor Academy
Bachelor of the Arts in Journalism, minor Psychology- Kwantlen University, Vancouver, British Columbia
SEMINARS & CONFERENCES ATTENDED
April 2021 "Aggression in Dogs" Master Course by Mike Shikashio CDBC
May 2020 "Sexier Than a Squirrel" 25 Day Training Challenge, Absolute Dogs
April 2020 "ChoiceandControl Is Not a Single Word" by Dr. Susan Friedman professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Utah State University
March 2020 "Feelings Change: Desensitization & Counter Conditioning" by Nancy Tucker CPDT-KA CDBC, Fenzi Dog Sports Academy
February 2020 "Recalls with Gemma Fisher" by Gemma Fisher, Carpe Canem
June 2019 "Managing Dog-Dog Interactions & Avoiding Dog Play Dangers" by Sue Sternberg at Tails U Win!
May 2019 "Puppy Foundations" Sarah Stremming at Tails U Win!
May 2018 "A Systematic Approach to Reducing Reactivity, Fear, and Anxiety in Dogs" by Kenneth Martin DVM Diplomate, ACVB & Debbie Martin CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, LVT, VTS (Behavior)
January 2018 "Keys to Successful Animal Training" by Karolina Westlund phD, Professor of Ethology at University of Stockholm
July 2017 "Behavior Modification for Aggressive Dogs" by Trish King CPDT-KA CDBC
April 2017 "Creative Curricula to Fill Your Classes" by Cara Shannon
March 2017 "Advanced Tools for the Modern Trainer: How to Get Behavior Better, Faster, Smarter" by Julie Flannery CPDT-KA