Providing the most effective, helpful solutions to her clients’ dog training needs, Dawn enthusiastically pursues ongoing continuing education and professional growth by attending several seminars and conferences per year and keeping current on all up-to-date information in the dog training industry.
When not helping families enjoy easier lives with their canine companions, Dawn likes to spend time with her husband Patrick, nephews and niece, and enjoys being in her kayak on the Long Island Sound. Dawn has been featured in the New Haven Register, the Connecticut Post, and has been a guest on the show Pet Talk with Lauren Collier, News Channel 12, and NBC CT Live. She lives with her husband Patrick, her rescue dog Carbo and new addition Mookie. Both brindle and white Boston Terriers. Dawn’s goal is to help families with dogs live a rewarding life together!
Dawn Lowery, Owner of One Smart Dog and her Boston Terrier Carbo.
Owner and Operator
Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed
Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
Graduate of ABC Dog Training Program
Certified Instructor Puppy Start Right Program (Karen Pryor)
AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Trick Dog Evaluator
American Red Cross
Mentor Trainer for dog training students
Kim currently works full time in the health insurance industry and was a student at One Smart Dog with her youngest Lab Maui. She has put much work in with Maui, passing the CGC exam and currently prepping to take the therapy dog test. Maui and Kim visit the residents at Maplewood in Orange once a month as part of a therapy dog training group team at One Smart Dog. She owns three labs Murphy, Maui, and Maverick. She is married to husband Gregg and has two daughters. One who is an aspiring hair dresser and one a is school teacher. With both girls grown Kim had some free time on her hands and decided that she would like to pursue a part-time career in training dogs.
Kim started an apprenticeship with Dawn in the Fall of 2015 in hopes to learn more about dog behavior and the science behind the methods used at One Smart Dog. Kim completed her apprenticeship at the end of 2016 and is a head trainer teaching puppy and basic manners classes. She most recently passed the CPDT-KA exam.
Kim Wisniewski, Head Trainer and her Labs Murphy and Maui
Stephanie has had a passion for positive reinforcement training since attending classes at One Smart Dog with her German Shepherd Milo six years ago. She currently works for a financial company and is a wife and mom of three small children. Stephanie did an apprenticeship under Dawn and has been teaching classes the longest at One Smart Dog. She left for a short time while growing her family but we are lucky to now have her back on board as class instructor.
You'll see Stephanie at the training as a substitute instructor. She teaches both puppy and basic manners. She brings an unprecedented passion for the understanding of the science of animal learning to the team.
Stephanie Buehler, Head Trainer with family and German Shepherd Milo.
Training Your Dog with Treats and Praise
We all like to be praised rather than punished. The same is true for your dog, and that’s the theory behind positive reinforcement. Positive reinforcement means giving your pet something pleasant or rewarding immediately after they do something you want them to do. Because your praise or reward makes them more likely to repeat that behavior in the future, it is one of your most powerful tools for shaping or changing your dog’s behavior.
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