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 is recognized as Houston’s original puppy expert and is the founder of the city’s first all-encompassing, puppy-focused training programs. Her unique and effective puppy programs were developed under the guidance of her mentor, Dr. Ian Dunbar, who revolutionized dog training when he designed the world's very first off-leash puppy class.Stephanie has made it her mission to educate new puppy owners and local veterinarians on the importance of early puppy training and socialization.
Stephanie is passionate about her education and has had the pleasure and distinction of working and studying with some of the world’s best dog trainers, including the great Dr. Ian Dunbar, who continues to be her valuable mentor today.
Over the years, Stephanie served as the Director of Training at LA Dogworks in Los Angeles, started her own company, Get Along Little Doggie, and co-founded Peace Love and Dogs in Houston.
In 2017, she had a vision of a new Canine and Training Enrichment Center. She decided to build 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.
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, especially fear and leash reactivity. Because each dog is unique, 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 helped thousands of dog owners develop better relationships with their pets. Stephanie regularly contributes her expertise to TV news segments, Houston Pet Talk magazine, and she is the official trainer of Houston’s Channel 2 station dog, TV Tex!
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 Professional 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
Yennifer Mejia - Trainer
Yennifer’s knowledge and experience with dog group play and play behavior is unsurpassed. During her many years of supervising and analyzing individual dog play styles in a group setting, she has gained an extensive education and understanding of canine body language and behavior. Her passion for dogs grew even more as she incorporated her knowledge into training her own dog, Odie, who is CGC Certified and a Certified Therapy Dog.
Yennifer then decided to combine her knowledge of dog behavior and her passion to enhance dog/owner relationships, and pursue a career in dog training. During this process, Yennifer has put in endless hours of shadowing and learning from her mentors Stephanie Bennett and Hayley Kenner. Yennifer is well on her way to earning her certification through the Council of Professional Dog Trainers in the Spring of 2019. She is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and an American Kennel Club CGC Evaluator. Yennifer has earned a degree in Science and is currently majoring in General Business at the University of Houston-Downtown.
“Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever.” – Roger A. Caras
Erin Richardson - Apprentice Trainer
Erin’s love for animals was cultivated at a very young age. She spent much of her childhood at her grandmother’s ranch, interacting with and caring for horses, dogs, and barn cats.
During college, Erin got her first personal dog, Charlotte. While taking her through basic obedience classes, Erin realized her love and passion for dog training. She learned how fun and rewarding it can be to develop a relationship and bond with your dog through positive reinforcement training.
In 2017, Erin graduated with great distinction from the University of Houston with a B.S. in Anthropology. After graduation, she began volunteering at the Houston Wildlife Center and HSPCA to get hands-on experience with animals, while also pursuing a teaching certification in Social Studies with the goal of becoming a high school teacher. However, it didn’t take long for Erin to realize that her passion was not to teach teenagers, but instead to teach people and their furry companions. Soon after, she began interning for Believe in DOG Training with the goal of becoming a professional dog trainer.
Erin is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, is currently earning her KPA-CTP (Karen Pryor Academy-Certified Training Partner) certification through the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Professional program, and simultaneously working towards her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed) certification.