Meet the Founder of Dog-Harmony: Nancy Bown

Dog-Harmony Founder Nancy Bown

Dog-Harmony founder Nancy Bown of Sandestin, Florida, is a graduate of the Animal Behavior College in Santa Clarita, California, and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). She is a “fear-free” trainer.

While operating her dog daycare and dog training business, she saw how many dogs were being relinquished or returned to shelters because the owners and dogs weren’t given the proper education and training to build forever lives together.

She also noted that otherwise good dogs were being turned in to shelters because children did not know how to interact with dogs, such as running up to strange dogs to pet them, or pestering and grabbing grandma’s Chihuahua while it was eating, resulting in bites.

So she created Dog-Harmony Inc., a nonprofit that works to keep dogs from becoming homeless in the first place. While it offers the typical links to low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and microchipping clinics, the volunteer-run organization is a different “breed” of rescue, focusing on humane education and training, an unfulfilled need to keep dogs in their homes.

Dog-Harmony offers educational programs for the general public, children, and shelters:

    • For children, there are fun classes for responsible pet care and bite prevention, and each child goes home with a free coloring book about how to stay safe around dogs. Dog-Harmony also offers “Kids and Canines” camps, which are custom 3-hour programs designed specifically for each group. Each camp teaches responsible pet ownership, compassion, and team building. Our camps are great for at-risk youth or individuals with disabilities. We offer the camps quarterly for ages 6-12 years old and limit class capacity to 15 kids.
    • For adults, there are low-cost dog training clinics, plus free responsible pet ownership lectures. Dog-Harmony also maintains an educational library with links to reliable information about training, behavior, and general pet ownership.
    • For shelters, Dog-Harmony hosts educational symposiums and lectures designed to meet their needs. These programs are free for shelter workers to attend and made possible through grants, donations, and support from our volunteers and sponsors.