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Who We Are

In 2020, Sophie Lawson decided to pursue a career in the animal industry. She had grown up going to Brittany Spaniel field trials with her father and already loved dogs. She worked as a Pet Care Specialist at a local dog boarding facility for 3 years where she worked with hundreds of dogs. She brought home a Golden Retriever puppy named Goose in March 2021. She became more involved in the dog sport world and decided to enter Goose in dock diving, trick dog, agility, barn hunt, CAT, and FAST cat. She also trained Goose to be a Crisis Response Therapy Dog and an animal actor. Goose is now apart of multiple animal acting agencies and has been in multiple jobs such as photoshoots and commercials. 

Since 2020, she has graduated from ELLAS Animals INC. Foundational Obedience Dog training course and received her dog trainer certification. She worked over the next year to receive her certification in public access and task work from ELLAS Animals INC. She also worked at Petco as a professional dog trainer and received another dog trainer certification after completing Petco's dog trainer course. She was accepted into the Karen Pryor Dog Trainer Academy and graduated to earn her KPA CTP certification in early 2023. She is also a member of the Association for Professional Dog Trainers. 

Most recently, Sophie has worked as the lead dog trainer at a dog boarding/daycare facility to further her hands on experience and became an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She also has be invited to speak at SPCA events to teach the general public about service animals. She created Hero Hounds with the goal to help those struggling create a brighter future.

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