Nancy Bown is a Destin native and the visionary behind Dog-Harmony. She graduated with a BA from the University of West Florida and from the Animal Behavior College in Southern California with a certification in dog training. Following graduation, Nancy continued her education to receive the Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). She is a “Positive Reinforcement” trainer, member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Canine Good Citizen evaluator, and local evaluator for Intermountain Therapy Animals. In addition, Nancy is a mentor trainer to other trainers for the Animal Behavior College and has attended the Karen Pryor Academy.
Nancy owns and operates K9 to 5 Doggie Daycare in Santa Rosa Beach and Canine Consulting, offering obedience and behavioral training. She specializes in canine communication and socialization, and teaches Puppy Start Right – an advanced therapy training.
In 2015 Nancy saw first-hand the many homeless dogs in need of forever homes, at times being mismatched with an incompatible family or was returned to the shelter or … because owner and dog weren’t given the proper tools and education for a smooth transition into their new life together. Through donations from local artists and community support, Nancy was helping to get dogs adopted, and with the right families. As word got around about Nancy and her volunteers’ efforts, it was evident this was a bigger need, thus the creation of Dog-Harmony.