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Our Training Method:

We practice LIMA (least intrusive, minimally aversive) principles as recommended by The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and The Association of Professional Dog Trainers. With this being said, no shock, prong or choke collars will ever be used or permitted in group classes, specialized clinics or individual training.

 Upcoming Classes and Clinics

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  •  Check back soon for new classes and clinics!

  • Clinics

  •  Check back soon for new classes and clinics!

 Private Training

Nancy with Dr. Marty Becker
Nancy with Patricia Miller
Nancy with Patricia B. McConnell
Nancy with Victoria Stilwell

Dog-Harmony trainers offer private training starting at $110 per session, available in home or at Dog-Harmony Headquarters in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. For more information about private training please call us at (850) 376-4190.

Private training is a good option for those with a busy schedule who aren't able to make it to a class. It can also be helpful for dogs that need extra work in a distraction-free environment before they are ready for a class with other dogs. A private session can also be a good time for new owners to speak with a trainer about puppy-proofing the house for a furry family member.

Dog-Harmony trainers attend regular continuing education webinars, conferences, and training to stay current on methods and industry education standards. Founder Nancy Bown is pictured here with experts Dr. Marty Becker, Patricia Miller, Patricia B. McConnell, and Victoria Stilwell. For more information about our trainers' educational and experiential qualifications, view their trainer bios below.

 Our Trainers

  • Nancy Bown CPDT-KA

    •  Founder
    •  Board member
    •  Volunteer
    •  Staff
    •  Author
    •  Trainer

    Nancy Bown 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 Animal Behavior College Mentor Trainer trainer and an Intermountain Therapy Animals evaluator.

    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 different “breed” of rescue, focusing on humane education for children and the community while also offering training necessary to keep dogs in their homes.


  • Debbi Cole CPDT-KA

    •  Volunteer
    •  Staff
    •  Trainer

    Debbi is a licensed evaluator, instructor and volunteer for Intermountain Therapy Animals. She is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). She has been training dogs since the early  1990's  as an instructor for Best Paw Forward  in the Orlando area. Debbi is also a member of APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers) and an AKC Evaluator  for Puppy Star, CGC, CGCA,  Urban (canine good citizen tests)  and Trick Dog Testing.  As an "AKC Breeder of Merit" for standard poodles, Debbi specializes in puppy training  for companion pets of all kinds of dogs (mixed breeds, shelter dogs , or purebreds).


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