CEO, Trainer, Pack Leader, Dog House Mom, Dog Mom of 5
As a dog owner my whole life, I understand that work, vacation and life in general can sometimes take you away from your beloved pet. That’s why I founded Canine Excellence.
A little bout me: I was raised around animals my whole life and I knew at a young age that a four-year college was neither an option nor a desire, I wanted to work with our four legged canine companions. Shortly after Graduating High School I enrolled myself in a small trade school, Animal Behavior College, to earn my first certification in Canine Obedience and Behavior Modification training. With two certifications from ABC, a Canine Psychology Training certification from Penn Foster College, Certified Animal Care Technician through ABKA, and Pet First Aid / CPR certified, I decided I was not done there. I continued my education and work experience in the Animal Care industry now stretching out over 15 years from several years in Kennel Care, Kennel Management, Groomer, 2 years as an Animal Care Technician and Vet Care Technition / Vet Assistant at the Marin Humane Society, mixed with nearly a life time of fostering and rehabilitating canines and many days to present as a volunteer canine behaviorist / trainer for several local rescues.
While loving life in the shelter, vet, and rescue world, and loving see those I helped be adopted to loving homes, I quickly realized I had a stronger passion for the canine world and I wanted to do more for the dogs left behind, looked over, and euthanized due to their temperament and behavior faults. This led me to personal dog training and dog walking in the hopes to prevent dogs from unfortunately landing themselves in the Iocal shelter, possibly facing their last days. I applied and was hired by a local training, dog walking and pet sitting company and it was then I realized I had found my true calling. After a beautiful two years there, it was time to say my good byes and make some life changes...That change brought Petaluma and Marin County, Canine Excellence in 2011.
Loyal, loving, personalized canine care, when you need it.
Let us enhance the excellence of your excellent canine and bring peace and balance to your canine family.
My promise to you: Make every pet owner a happy owner, and every dog a more happy and healthy dog.
Pack Leader, Trainer, Pet Sitter, Dog Mom
As a local resident of Petaluma my whole life and a dedicated animal enthusiast, it was only natural I found a career working with animals.
I’ve had a crazy love for animals since I was very young, which use to drive my parents crazy coming home to strays on the regular. Sorry mom and dad! Shortly out of high school I adopted MY first dog, Oliver, an Aussie x who goes everywhere with me to this day.
It was then after adopting Oliver that I took my first leap into the animal industry volunteering and was able to work at many amazing locations from Petaluma wildlife museum, Safari West, I even traveled over seas to work for Wildlife Habitat in Australia! Without these life experiences, I definitely wouldn't be where I am today. With Oliver by my side, I dove into the canine industry with my first real job with dogs being at a grooming shop/boarding facility, but shortly into employment I earned for more. I never thought dog walking was a really a thing until I found Canine Excellence on instagram. After following them on instagram for almost a year I searched for a foot in the door with another dog walking business in Marin County, all while patiently waiting for Canine Excellence to hire again.
As soon as I saw a post for CE Dog Walker position I jumped at the position and never looked back. I became part of the team after only one working interview and I couldn’t be happier. I've been with Canine Excellence since January 2017 and becoming a pack leader quickly motivated me to become a certified trainer so I enrolled in Animal Behavior College. In November 2018, I graduated top of my class and am now a certified Canine Behaviorist and Nutritionalist.
Living the dream, one day at a time.
Pack Leader, Pet Sitter, Dog Mom
Hi I'm Lexy! I was born and raised in Sonoma County and reside in Petaluma with my furr-child, Jaxson. I grew up wanting nothing more than to just be around animals, dogs specifically. They gave me a sense of security, loyalty and trust that is sometimes hard to find with people. This feeling never felt more real than it did 4 years ago when I rescued my handsome Pit Bull/Labrador Retriever puppy, Jax. He had some agression and attachment issues in the beginning but we put in the work/training and he revealed the true dog he was meant to be; a strong, yet shy and silly Pit-Lab mix. I can not imagine my life now without him. He solidified my choice of turning my passion for canines into a career.
I got started in the canine industry by working at a boarding/daycare resort in Terra Linda a few years after I graduated high school. I loved going to work everyday to receive those slobbery kisses, plus I got to bring my dog to work and build a connection with my clients (furry and human) but it made me realize I wanted a closer interaction with the dogs. I was no longer satisfied with just playing and giving simple commands to the dogs I worked with everyday. From there, my goal has been to go to Animal Behavior College and learn how to properly train these amazing animals.
That is when I really started to look into the animal world and learned about pack walks. I found out about Canine Excellence and was excited that they were hiring! I started working in June 2018, training with Aly and shadowing Jessica and I couldn't feel more at home with this job or group of women! I am so passionate about this work, it is a way of life for me and I cannot wait to meet your furr-child and make them part of our pack!
Pack Leader, Trainer, Pet Sitter, Dog Mom
A true animal lover since I was a child, it has always been important to me to incorporate animals into my working career. I grew up wanting ever single animal and owned dogs, cats, ducks, chickens, and hamsters. I also use to own a Greek tortoise named Cassie who now lives with one of my best friends. My own dog, Jedidiah Jackson, who is almost 10 years old, spends every minute he can with me and is looking forward to being a part of the pack and make new friends.
Starting in 2010, I got a job at VIP Petcare, where I advanced to managing vaccination clinics and educated clients all over northern and central California.
I started realizing my pull towards dog training and behavior and immediately knew I needed to gain as much knowledge and experience as I could. I started shadowing puppy and dog training classes in Santa Rosa, I attended Canine Behavior Academy at the Marin Human Society, and volunteered at the Sonoma Humane Society whenever I had the chance. I then took a job as a non-anesthetic veterinary dental technician where I cleaned dogs and cats teeth. I absolutely loved that job but my favorite part was interacting with the dogs and getting them to work with me while I cleaned their teeth. I started dog walking and pet sitting in 2016 to marge two of my favorite things, dogs and being active. I had been eyeing Canine Excellence and was so excited when I saw that they were hiring right when I was looking for another job. It was meant to be! I am so incredibly excited to be a part of this awesome team of talented ladies.
Working with dogs is by far my number one passion. Nothing brings me more joy than being active, outdoors, and surrounded by happy, balanced dogs