Meet Our Trainer:

Lora Toney

Bio

Growing up, Lora read every book in her school library about the care and training of pets.  She shared this knowledge with her three dogs at home, and taught them to sit and come on command before she was 10 years old.  Lora carried this passion for animals with her while attending UNC-Greensboro, and received a Psychology degree with a focus in Animal Behavior.

She dove into the Animal Care Industry as a Veterinary Assistant at University Animal Hospital in Greensboro, NC, where she assisted with puppy classes and gained a knowledge of the medical attributes within animal behavior.  Her career then took her to Best Friends Bed & Biscuit and Country Kennel, where she used her knowledge of Animal Behavior to engage boarding pets and keep them happy and healthy while away from their families.

Lora earned her Basic Obedience and Engagement Certifications through Leerburg University while managing Country Kennel, and gained hands-on training experience in the Daycare Yard.  She also spent time as a volunteer at Guilford County's Animal Shelter, socializing dogs in preparation for their adoption.  She now teaches Pet CPR Courses across the Triad to educate animal professionals and pet lovers alike on how to provide first aid to their pets in emergency situations.  She currently lives in Greensboro with her husband, her Golden Retriever mix named Luther, and her cat Rajah.

Classes

Prices for group classes are as follows, and class selections will be decided during a free behavioral assessment. Please contact the store for details:

"PRE-K9" Puppy Class: $140 for 4 x 1-hour group sessions and 1 x half-hour private session. Group puppy class requires all puppies to be between 4 and 6 months. The Puppy Class teaches the 7 basic obedience commands for dogs: Come, Sit, Down, Stay, Heel, No, and Off. We also cover the Shake command, and discuss potty training and crate training.

"Big Kid" Intermediate Class: $180 for 6 x 1-hour group sessions. Intermediate class requires the dog to be between 10 months and 2 years old, and to have completed a basic obedience course. The Intermediate Class expands on the basic obedience commands, and demonstrates fun tricks like high five, comfy, and roll over. We also begin working on Place, and the foundations of a Canine Good Citizen.

One-on-One Classes are priced on an individual basis, but range from 3-session basic obedience, 6-session problem solving, or 8-session therapy preparation. One-on-One Classes are for dogs 12 weeks of age and up.

Once a client has completed the courses, they are welcome to attend our Class Reunion Events that provide socialization opportunities in a safe, controlled environment.  They can also stop by for half-hour "happy visits" once a month to discuss progress and receive advice on any new behaviors. Please contact the store for details.