The mission of Fresh Start Dog Training is to help you understand how dogs think and learn, and what drives their behavior, good and bad. In short, we want you to know what makes your dog tick. We strive to give you the knowledge and skills to have the best possible relationship with your dog. We believe that this will ultimately reduce the number of dogs surrendered to shelters or euthanized due to behavior problems.
At Fresh Start Dog Training, we know that no one method is best for every dog. Dogs are as different as people, each bringing his or her unique combination of personality quirks, habits good or bad, and old "baggage." Therefore we look at each dog as an individual, and create a training plan that we believe will best suit that dog. In the same vein, owners may have unique needs, whether it's an unpredictable work schedule or a physical challenge to overcome. We are experienced at shaping a training program that works for you.
Trainer Adrienne Hovey graduated from Triple Crown Academy's School for Professional Dog Trainers with a certificate in canine training and behavior, but more importantly, with a comprehensive understanding of the wide variety of training tools and methods available today. She also gained extensive knowledge of how dogs learn. Armed with this information, she assesses each dog, determines what tools and methods will be most effective, and then creates and executes a training plan customized to each dog and owner team.
Understanding that many people are not comfortable with certain training methods, flexibility is at the core of our training philosophy. We will never compel you to use a method that you are not comfortable with, and we will never use a training tool on your dog without your express permission. We will explain your options, and choose the best one together. There is no one right way to train a dog, and your absolute comfort with the training process is our priority.
Adrienne Hovey is the founder and principal trainer of Fresh Start Dog Training. She received her certification as a Canine Training and Behavior Specialist from the world-renowned Triple Crown Academy School for Professional Dog Trainers. Her coursework included canine learning theory, obedience from basic through competitive levels, behavior modification, scent detection, search and rescue, protection training, and service dog training. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the International Association of Canine Professionals.
Adrienne began her dog training career as a teenager, doing competitive AKC obedience through a local 4-H club with Sunny, the family's golden retriever. Although she didn't win a whole lot, she loved learning and growing with her dog.
When Adrienne went off to college, the plan was to eventually go to vet school, but after a few semesters of microbiology and organic chemistry, the plan changed! Still in search of a career where she could work with animals, Adrienne spent two months after college interning at a wildlife hospital on Sanibel Island, Florida, before being hired as a veterinary technician at the MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. She served as a tech and then a supervisor in the Diagnostic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine department for almost five years.
When Adrienne relocated to Philadelphia with her husband, circumstances required her to leave the animal world for a few years, but she always yearned to get back to it. When she discovered Triple Crown, she knew she had found her calling. She returned from the training program and opened Fresh Start, and has been helping people and their dogs ever since.
Cruzan the Dog is our canine liaison and spiritual advisor. He was born on the 4th of July, 2008. He came to Fresh Start Dog Training a year and 19 days later, after spending the first year of his life on a huge ranch in Texas. Now that he's adjusted to city life, Cruzan loves long walks around the neighborhood, but still likes to get back to his roots with a good long hike or swim when he can. To earn his keep, Cruzan attends Ask the Trainer Day at the local pet stores, showing off his obedience skills and his cute tricks. He also gets to practice his Zen master stoicism when we need a calm dog to assist with a fearful or reactive training client.