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Bonafide Dog Academy: Dog and Puppy Training for Omaha Metro Dogs and Their Families

Why Choose Bonafide Dog Academy?

Since 2006, Bonafide Dog Academy has proudly served Omaha and the surrounding community as the unrivaled premier dog training facility.  Susan, and the late Andy, Bailey purchased Bonafide Dog Academy in February 2019 from the original owners Jeff and Dawn Antoniak- Mitchell.

We are unwavering in our commitment to meeting our clients’ needs and exceeding their expectations. Our foundation rests upon the principle that dogs are more than mere pet– they are companions full of love and loyalty. When we envision our relationship with our dogs, these are the words that come to mind.

At Bonafide Dog Academy, our dedicated trainers are passionate about helping you explore this extraordinary connection with your dog and helping you tap into their potential through positive reinforcement training methods. Your dog is ready to embark on this journey – are you prepared to join us in creating a lifelong partnership filled with love, loyalty, and unwavering companionship?

Meet Our Staff and Trainers

Meet Dominique

Dominique brings a decade of experience to the table. She has immersed herself in various dog sports, from Agility to Disc to Herding and beyond, showcasing her expertise. With nine years of industry experience, including stints at dog daycares, veterinary clinics, and training companies, Dominique is well-rounded in her knowledge.

Dominique holds an Associate’s degree in science and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), reflecting her dedication to the field.

Aside from her love for dogs, Dominique enjoys weightlifting and long walks – she even conquered a half marathon! Living with three loyal dogs, Marcy, Coyote, and Lavish, Dominique’s passion lies in strengthening the bond between dogs and their owners through positive reinforcement and game-based training.

Meet Cheryl 

Cheryl is a seasoned canine educator with over a decade of experience in teaching. Cheryl holds a variety of certifications, including being a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT), Certified Service Dog Coach, Certified Canine Behavior Counselor, Aggressive Behavior Certified, Fearful Behavior Certified, and CGC Evaluator, showcasing her extensive knowledge and dedication to canine well-being.

Cheryl’s passion for dogs has led to her volunteer work in rescue organizations. She firmly believes in preventing dogs from ending up in shelters or facing euthanasia due to behavioral issues. Her commitment led her to found the Nebraska Dachshund Rescue, where she has made a meaningful impact in the lives of countless dogs and their owners.

At home, Cheryl shares her life with two adorable companions: Butters, a delightful Dachshund, and Churro, a charming Chihuahua. These furry friends are a testament to Cheryl’s love and commitment to her canine family.

Meet Katelin

Katelin earned her certification as a dog trainer through Animal Behavior College in October 2021. Over the past few years, Katelin gained valuable experience by assisting in the behavior department at a dog shelter. This hands-on experience allowed her to work closely with a diverse range of dogs, helping them overcome behavior challenges and find loving homes.

Katelin’s expertise extends to teaching numerous puppy classes, both at Bonafide and within a shelter setting. Furthermore, Katelin takes the lead in teaching basic obedience classes, catering to dogs of all ages. Her versatility as a trainer shines through as she imparts her knowledge to dogs enrolled in Bonafide Day Academy, ensuring they reach their full potential.

At home, Katelin is a pet parent to one dog, two cats, and a tank full of fish!

Meet Amanda

Amanda is a passionate trainer with a strong educational foundation in Zoology, holding a B.S. from the University of Wyoming. Her journey in animal training commenced at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, where she worked with a diverse array of creatures, including Orangutans, Gorillas, California Sea Lions, and Harbor Seals. 

Nearly two years ago, she transitioned into a full-time role at the Bonafide Dog Academy, where her passion for dog training shines. Amanda loves  helping dog owners gain confidence in their communication with their furry companions. Outside of her professional life, she shares her home with three fur family members: Max, a 10-year-old Border Collie, Charlie, a 7-year-old Shiba Inu, and Ryder, her 3-year-old cat. Amanda’s adventurous spirit extends beyond the animal kingdom; she’s an avid rock climber and even spent her college summers as a high ropes course instructor.

Our Training Philosophy

At Bonafide Dog Academy, we believe in the enduring bond between you and your dog and are on a mission to empower you to move from “pet” to “partner.” We want to unleash the potential in every dog so they can change people’s lives.

Why Choose Positive Reinforcement Training?

Positive Reinforcement Training is a scientifically proven, highly effective and ethical approach that not only transforms your dog into a well-behaved companion but also strengthens the connection you share. It’s a choice that benefits both you and your furry friend, making every moment together a positive experience.

Positive Reinforcement:

Promotes Trust and Bonding: Positive reinforcement builds trust between you and your dog. By rewarding desired behaviors with treats, praise, and affection, you create a strong, loving bond based on mutual understanding.

Encourages Willing Cooperation: Dogs are more likely to willingly cooperate and learn when they associate training with positive experiences. They become eager participants in the training process rather than fearing punishment.

Enhances Long-Term Learning: Positive reinforcement training fosters long-lasting behavioral changes. Dogs are more likely to retain and generalize their training to various situations, ensuring their good behavior becomes a consistent part of their life.

Strengthens Emotional Well-being: Aversive training methods can lead to anxiety, fear, and aggression in dogs. Positive reinforcement, on the other hand, supports a dog’s emotional well-being, creating a happier and more confident pet.

Adapts to All Dogs: Positive reinforcement is effective for dogs of all ages, breeds, and backgrounds. Whether you have a playful puppy or a senior dog, this approach can be tailored to their unique needs and abilities.

Respects Ethical Standards: Positive reinforcement aligns with ethical standards for animal welfare, emphasizing kindness, patience, and humane treatment of animals.

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