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Dawn Kay, ABCDT, is the owner of Poised Pups, LLC. As a professional dog trainer and animal enthusiast, Dawn offers certified dog training in your home, as well as fun, interactive group classes.  Dawn’s philosophy is that training should be fun for pet owners and their dogs.  Dawn uses modern, reward-based training techniques that bring out the best in your dog.  These scientifically proven methods are fun and will help you transform your dog into a well-mannered member of your family!


  • Animal Behavior College Graduate

  • Pat Miller’s Peaceable Paws Level 1 Dog Behavior & Learning Theory Academy Graduate

  • Trainer Mentor for Animal Behavior College

  • American Kennel Club S.T.A.R. Puppy Program Trainer and Evaluator

  • American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Program Trainer and Evaluator

  • Association of Professional Dog Trainers – Professional Member

  • The Pet Professional Guild Member

  • The Mid-Atlantic Association of Professional Positive Pet Trainers (MAAPPPT) Member

  • Volunteer for Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center

Dawn believes learning should be fun and rewarding.  It is never too late to teach an old dog new tricks, and early intervention with typical puppy issues such as handling, housetraining, and “nipping” can be corrected before undesirable behaviors take root.  Essential training for your canine friend includes housetraining, basic manners, coming when called (recall), polite leash walking, and impulse control.

When training is enjoyable, learning takes place at a faster rate with measurable results. Dawn has been working with dogs and their owners for over a decade and there is nothing more satisfying than to see a happy dog and a happy owner!

Dawn’s mission is to help you and your dog strengthen the bond you share and enjoy many happy years together.




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