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Serving Corpus Christi since 2015

Animal Smart Training is here to help you with your pet! We are local dog trainers providing premier pet training services in Corpus Christi, TX including dogs, cats and exotic pets. We only work with dedicated pet parents who want the best possible training experience with their pet and long-lasting results.

Our programs include everything you'll ever need to have a well-behaved dog and we make learning fun for both ends of the leash. We can help you with basic manners, obedience training, behavior modification and with fears, anxiety and aggression.

Our clients also get to participate in various fun canine activities such as agility, trick training, going on field trips and more.

ABOUT OUR TEAM

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Kacie Kirkpatrick

Kacie started her training career with animals in 2004 at the Texas State Aquarium working closely with several exotic species.  She began working full-time with dogs in 2007, and has extensive experience as both a trainer and veterinarian technician. She is a Canine Good Citizen evaluator, and both pet first aid and CPR certified. Besides being a trainer at Animal Smart, she also serves as a behavior specialist and educator with local organizations evaluating dogs’ temperaments so they can find homes and educates their new parents on how to best provide for them. In her spare time, she enjoys surfing and visiting assisted living homes with her therapy dog, Patsy. She has a passion for learning about positive training and she continues her education by attending workshops and networking with other reward-based trainers.

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Andrea Bogle, MSc

Andrea is the founder and owner at Animal Smart. She started her animal training career in 2002 and has worked with a variety of domestic and exotic species at zoos and aquaria around the world, including the Texas State Aquarium here in Corpus Christi. She is a certified dog trainer through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers. Her experience includes training animals for TV and movie productions, research training with wolves and dogs, training dolphins for animal assisted therapy and working with pet parents to help them overcome problem behaviors. Andrea is currently a professor of animal science at the Animal Behavior Institute. She teaches training courses to zookeepers, trainers, behavior consultants and other aspiring animal professionals getting their certifications. Andrea also keeps up with current research and innovations in the training field through seminars and workshops to continue her education.

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ABOUT OUR COMPANY

Serving to provide positive & effective training experiences for our clients.

Animal Smart Training is here to help you with your pet! We seek to always provide amazing behavior results you will love. Whether you are looking to crate train your puppy, or want to keep your 80lb dog from jumping on guests, we are able to help.

We offer exclusive programs that take a holistic approach to training. Our programs teach both you and your dog essential skills to enjoy a long, happy life together. Contact us today to learn about the benefits positive training can have on your dog.

Why should I choose Animal Smart?

Because our training team excels at training animals AND teaching people. Our program design focuses not just on working with animals, but teaching training skills to adults and families. No matter what the behavior problem, we will make sure to set both you and your pet up for success to solve it. Choosing us means choosing a better behaved dog, and choosing for your life to be changed for the better with the results we will get together.

What is expected of me?

No matter what program you choose, we expect our clients to be fully committed to their pet and to the training experience. With any program it is important that owners follow through for the training to be successful long term. Depending on the type of training you choose, we will either coach you through every step of the way to make sure you are successful in training your pet, or give you a terrific head start by training your dog all cues and behaviors for you that you just have to maintain.

What methods do you use?

Animal Smart Training uses positive reinforcement training, which is a method that is scientifically proven and force free. We focus on all the good things your dog does in training and use rewards to communicate what behaviors we like (for example through Clicker training). If your dog does something wrong, we help them figure out what the right behavior is and set them up for success. This makes training effective because your pet is highly motivated to succeed and it helps build a strong relationship between you and your pet. We never use prong, choke or e-collars and have no need to because we achieve better results using positive reinforcement! Modern studies have found that training methods using ‘dominance theory’ are outdated, flawed and less effective. Here at Animal Smart we do believe in leadership, but know that using punishment or dominance is not the way to be a good leader. We employ benevolent leadership instead which focuses on being fair, consistent and setting boundaries for our animals to safely live in our human world.

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OUR AFFILIATIONS

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REWARDS_BASED

Our methods are founded in research providing timely rewards to dogs to reinforce wanted behaviors. Force-free and positive experiences for the dogs at all times.

POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP

The foundation of all adjusted and well-behaved dogs is an amazing positive relationship with their owner. AST strives to help you build those relationships.

OFF-LEASH RELIABILITY

Dogs need to be provided proper training to ensure they can be reliable and predictable off-leash. We help build those skills to always ensure safe & fun times together.

SOCIALIZATION

We believe that a healthy thriving dog must be well-socialized. We strive to create environments for our clients to interact with other like-minded dogs & families.