I’ve been around dogs all my life! My father, Bill Silva, was an officer at the St. Petersburg Police Department for 25 years. During his career, he spent 13 years in the elite K-9 unit. Through my dad’s career, I first discovered a passion for dogs and the art of dog training.
While enrolled in college, I volunteered as an interpreter at Florida Dog Guides for the Deaf. While volunteering with this organization, I was allowed to participate in the dog’s training process. These dogs would help improve the quality of life for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. I learned the inner workings of different dog training techniques and methods during my time with this agency. Ultimately my skill level increased rapidly, leading me to be offered a full-time employee and trainer position.
Following my time training hearing dogs and fueled by my passion for dogs and helping people, I opened my own dog training business. I attended (and throughout my career) numerous dog training seminars and worked with various trainers worldwide to improve my craft.
Next, I tested my abilities and took to the competition ring with my dog Ajax Ot Vitosha, where we excelled in French Ring, Mondio Ring*, and IPO (formally known as Schutzhund.) During our career as a team, Ajax and I earned the titles of French Ring 2, Mondio Ring 2 and IPO3. In 2009 Ajax and I acquired the High obedience title at the 2009 American Working Dog Federation Trial. I am currently training and competing with Ajax’s son Genghis Khan Bonds in the sport of Mondio Ring. Genghis and I qualified for a spot on the USA Mondio Ring World Team in Battice, Belgium.
Being classified as an expert dog trainer and handler isn’t gained from having a certain number of clients or even winning dog competitions.
It is about accumulating experience, connecting with each dog, and taking the time to understand the dog’s needs. It also means communicating with the dog’s owner and understanding what they are expecting from their canine companion.
For almost two decades now, it has been my passion to understand dog behavior and use that knowledge to better the lives of my clients with their canine companions. I am committed to creating a training method that gives a complete balance of human-to-dog connection and communication through obedience and understanding of your dog’s genetic needs.
With the help of my husband and business partner, we have turned my passion into the business we own today. Every dog deserves the chance to be a well-mannered and happy dog. Every human deserves the opportunity to have that special connection, communication, and relationship with their dog that leads to a happy home.
I stand behind my training 100%