Meet the Trainer
Ariana Rodriguez, ABCDT
Owner & Trainer
Dogs had always been present in Ariana's life as she was growing up, but it wasn't until she brought home her first dog that she realized just how much time and energy training a dog required.
Ariana began training as a hobbyist with the Leeward Training Club of Hawaii. She was taught that aversive methods worked best for training and maintaining behaviors, but she knew there had to be a better way to create and maintain a relationship with her dog. And there was -- she attended the Dog Scouts of America event and was exposed to reward-based methods which created successful relationships with dogs and didn't involve any coercion.
Since then, Ariana has enjoyed crossing over to positive methods for training and competing. Thus, all of her training programs use science based techniques to teach, solve and maintain behaviors.
And because of her past experiences, she empathizes with those that struggle with switching to more positive based methods and believes that shaming people over the training techniques they use doesn't work. Instead, she encourages anyone that is interested in using positive based techniques to contact her for an open discussion about training methods without judgement.
B.S. in Computer Information Systems
Certified Dog Trainer through Animal Behavior College
Former Instructor at Austin Canine Central
Animal Behavior College Mentor Trainer
With over 5 years of coaching pet owners and over 3 years of competing in dog sports, Ariana has been able to work with many different dogs and situations.
Ariana believes that attending seminars and maintaining her knowledge allows her to train with the most modern and humane methods to date. As a result, she has been able to learn from top experts in the industry, as well as, work with and learn from other talented trainers.
Dog Scout Apollo, BN RN CGC
Apollo is a Husky Mix and joined his family while they were stationed in Hawaii in 2008. Providing many training challenges over the years, Apollo has proven to be an excellent teacher.
Apollo assits Ariana in presentations, classes and, sometimes, Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Testing.
Apollo earned his CGC in 2010. Passed the Dog Scouts of America Certification Program in 2011. And finished his AKC Beginner Novice (BN) & Rally Novice (RN) titles in 2013.
Currently, Apollo is enjoying his retirement from the obedience ring and assists with classes during his spare time.