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Stephanie Bennett, CPDT-KSA - Owner

Stephanie Bennett, CPDT-KSA, is considered one of Houston’s top dog trainers and behavioral experts, as well as one of the city’s most innovative dog education and enrichment entrepreneurs, helping to create balance between mind, body, and spirit. 

Stephanie grew up in a big Texas family where the dogs always outnumbered the people. After spending several years as a teacher and accomplished actress in Los Angeles, Stephanie decided to combine her talent for teaching and entertaining people with her passion for dogs. She returned to Austin, Texas and attended the prestigious Triple Crown Dog Academy (now called the Starmark Animal Behavioral Center), the world’s leading educational center for professional dog trainers, and became a Certified Canine Trainer and Behavior Specialist. While studying at Triple Crown, Stephanie had the pleasure of meeting the great Dr. Ian Dunbar, who became and continues to be her valuable mentor. 

Back in Los Angeles, Stephanie was courted by the world-renowned L.A. Dogworks to become their new Director of Training, a position she created and designed. L.A. Dogworks was one of the first dog daycare and boarding centers in the country and revolutionized that segment, becoming Los Angeles’ premiere dog resort. After learning the ins and outs of the dog care business, Stephanie decided to return to Texas with the goal of establishing her own dog facility. She relocated to Houston in 2008 and started her first business, Get Along Little Doggie, which specialized in private, in-home, customized pet dog training. As the business grew, she recognized a common, immense need in her busy clients. They wanted a structured, safe place to give their dogs more opportunities to learn, socialize, and play. Thus, Peace Love and Dogs was born-- offering Houston a new place for dogs and their humans to learn and play. After six happy and successful years, Stephanie was ready to go back to her training roots and develop something fresh and innovative—what she considers to be the next stage in the evolution of dog education and enrichment—Believe in Dog Training. 

Stephanie is recognized as Houston’s original puppy expert and is the founder of the city’s first all-encompassing, puppy-focused training programs. She has made it her mission to educate new puppy owners and local veterinarians on the importance of early puppy training and socialization.

Stephanie carefully observes and gives positive reinforcement to both pooch and pet parent. She’s patient and, most important, realistic. Her guidance is designed for what is best for the animal, understanding that all dogs are different. From group classes to one-on-one training, Bennett is as good as it gets, no matter what the breed or temperament.
— Houston Press, named Stephanie Best Dog Trainer

As a result of her comprehensive education and hands-on experience, Stephanie has expertise not only in dog & puppy training, but also a wide variety of solutions to dog behavior problems. Because each dog is unique and responds differently to certain techniques, Stephanie works with her clients to create a custom training program addressing the individual dog’s needs while meeting the goals of their human companions. 

With over a decade of experience, she has literally helped thousands of dog owners develop better relationships with their pets. Stephanie has had the pleasure of working with celebrities such as Forest Whitaker, Craig Ferguson, and Vivian Kubrick, and she also served as the associate producer and on-set consultant of Bobcat Goldthwait’s Sundance Film Festival hit, Sleeping Dogs Lie. In Houston, Stephanie has appeared on TLC Network’s The Little Couple, Nickelodeon’s NFL Rush (with Houston Texan All Pro Lineman, Duane Brown), and The Live Well Network’s Deals. She also regularly contributes her expertise to local TV news segments, Great Day Houston, and Houston Pet Talk magazine. 

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Hayley Kenner, CPDT-KA - Training Manager and Behavior Consultant 

Hayley has had the pleasure and experience of working with a variety of animals throughout her lifetime. A habitual dog lover from an early age, Hayley has dedicated her life to her true passion of working with people and their pets. Her focal point as a trainer is to keep up with the newest developments and most effective behavior solutions regarding canine psychology and behavior modification in order to pass on that knowledge to her amazing clients. While in Houston, she has successfully trained hundreds of dogs and educated their people, while dealing with the complete spectrum of dog and puppy behavior.

Hayley is fully committed to a training style that is force free and built on a mutual respect that deepens the human-canine bond.

Hayley earned her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed) title in 2012 and is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. She is currently earning her Bachelors degree in Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary Medicine at Sam Houston State University as well as her FitPAWS Canine Fitness Trainer certification through The University of Tennessee. 

Hayley resides in Houston with her three dogs, Otto, the Great Dane, Medusa, the Shepherd mix, and Lincoln, the Labrador.

"What is possible between a human and animal is attainable only within a relationship." - Suzanne Clothier