Heather always trained her own dogs, and loved going to as many dog training classes as she could find. She and Jay began fostering for a Golden Retriever rescue in 2003, when they finally had a house with a yard. All their fosters were trained by the time they were adopted, so they never had a single one returned to the rescue. When offered a job at DTC, they were thrilled! They had a chance to make a living doing something they love: training dogs.
Heather and Jay have been married since 1992. They enjoy the outdoors and occasionally shooting pool. Heather enjoys casual photography and Jay enjoys a bit of woodworking. One of their very favorite vacation spots is the Outer Banks.
Heather and Jay are located in Zebulon, with a house on almost 2 acres, along with their 3 happy rescue dogs. Their dogs (2 Golden Retriever boys, and 1 female black lab) are great role models and help set the example for dogs in training.
Nova thinks she's a princess (and Jay tends to agree). She's a bit anxious around other dogs at first but warms up quickly. She's the athletic coach. She'll run and run and run with another dog and wear them out. She never gets tired of running.
Duncan is the friend of all dogs who come to us for training. He is really good at adjusting his play style to the dog he's playing with and he's always up for a chance to play. He's great at reading dogs and understanding when to engage with them and when to ignore them.
Griffin is our newest member of the pack. He's a very friendly guy and likes all animals and people. We are happy to have added him to our family!
Heather and Jay's Qualifications
- Continuing Education Trainer III
- Training Camp Trainer IV
- Group Class Trainer II
- Private Trainer III
Heather and Jay are especially good at
- Crate Training
- Dog-Dog Interactions
- Basic Obedience
- Advanced Obedience
- Working Dog Tasks
- Fearful Dogs
- Separation Anxiety
- Food/Toy Aggression
- Excessive Behaviors
- Pack Manners
- Working Breeds
- Golden Retrievers
- Rescue Dogs