Dawn Thomason, CPDT-KSA, AKC-CGC, loves dogs. She grew up with a wide variety of pets, including turtles, bunnies, hawks, and of course, dogs: she trained them all. She realized that dog training was her true calling when she was hired by a local pet store after seeing her impressive stage presentation, about Safety Around Dogs, at a Pet Exposition in 2001. Dawn became Senior Trainer in a few months and Area Trainer within her first year.
Through the years, she has successfully worked with pet therapy groups and is qualified to work with service dogs. One of her biggest skills is time and patience and she always uses positive-reinforcement techniques to achieve long-term results. Dawn continues to give many lecture demonstrations for service dog programs and pet expositions.
Dawn’s faithful companion dog is a 7-year-old Sheltie, named Faolan. Toonie, is her partner at Canine Performance Competitions. They have showed in obedience, rally, agility, and sheep and duck herding. They also participated in flyball, tracking and lure coursing.
Dawn says: “Now, after 15 years as a dog trainer, I am thrilled to be part of the Dynamite Dog Training Team; I can provide classes for agility, rally and upper levels of obedience classes.