About Carrie, Owner and Trainer
My name is Carrie Crawford, and I've been teaching clients how to have a more meaningful relationship with their dogs since 2012. I found my passion as a trainer while still a student and working for a national pet retailer. At six months, I went from mentoring new trainers locally to becoming a district mentor.
After training hundreds of dogs and their owners, I found myself drawn to this calling and wanting to learn more about dog behavior and how to be a business owner. At that point, I went from being a mentor for others to shadowing and learning alongside professional trainers until I was ready to start my own business.
My Training Philosophy
"Purposeful K9 Training" comes from my belief that every dog has a huge purpose in their owner's life. Whether it's accompanying you on a walk or run, loving you on a rough day, or making you smile, they have a purpose in your life. That said, my purpose is to help you see what all is possible with your dog and helping you make that happen.
For some, professional growth and education are what fuels motivation, but for me, it's passion. I further educate myself and attend workshops and seminars because I enjoy learning from other amazing trainers across the country, and I do it as often as I can.
I'm an approved American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a proud professional member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP).
My Training Methods
No two dogs are alike, and understanding how to communicate with your dog correctly is essential. When I train, I apply tools and techniques that include praise and affection, as well as treats, toys, slip leads, head halters, command collars, martingale, prong collars, and e-collars. Dog's yearn to know their place in the pack and need structure to know what's expected. My ability to harness that and change a dog's behavior is how I can help you and your family experience the bond you've always wanted with your dog.
My Purpose, My Promise
Finding my purpose came naturally and was just a matter of tuning into the people in my life telling me I have a way with dogs and that I have a gift. Eventually, I found myself so in tune that I realized the echoing was God speaking to me, and at that moment, I knew my purpose. My family's church home is Valley Creek Church in Flower Mound, and I claim this promise:
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28