Greg Brooks I Master Dog Trainer
As the owner and founder of Front Door Dog Training, Greg began training his own dog at the age of 13 in obedience which started as a hobby that quickly became his obsession. He spent countless hours reading on the subject, and trying out new methods and techniques. Dogs always held a special place in Greg's heart and he would often feed and care for every stray dog that found its way to his home. Soon there were large groups of dogs hanging out at his house all the time. Greg never called animal control, but instead , found homes for the countless hounds that were released by careless hunters after hunting season ended. This experience enabled Greg to gain a firsthand education in dog behavior and more importantly, how pack structure influenced canine behavior. After graduating high school, Greg pursued his dream of training dogs by working for and accumulating hundreds of hours of training dogs under a Senior Dog Trainer in Richmond, VA, at her dog training facility. It was here that Greg began his professional career as a dog trainer. He worked with at least ten dogs a day on various obedience exercises. Followed by his employment at this facility he then became a Pet Training Instructor for a nationally known pet supply store. This allowed Greg to not only strengthen his skills in training dogs but now he learned how to teach people as well. After working with hundreds of owners and their canine companions, Greg opened Front Door Dog Training in 2007. He offered top notch instruction for affordable rates in the client’s home. Since most behavioral issues exist in the dog’s home, this is where Greg dealt with those issues. Greg uniquely customizes a training program for each client and their dog, because no one method will be effective on each dog. Using positive reinforcement, Greg becomes the bridge to connect owner and dog to full understanding while strengthening the bond and order within the family "pack".
Tisha Brooks I Senior Trainer
Letisha, who also goes by Tish, discovered her love and passion for animals of all sizes, as she cared for her own pets, ranging from gerbils to horses. She began spending her summer months working on private horse farms and volunteering at a local veterinary hospital as a kennel assistant. Her first understanding of canine behavior and communication began by living in a household with four Doberman Pinchers. This was followed by a 7yr long career as a Veterinary Assistant at a 24 hour critical care hospital as well as a private practice veterinary clinic. As Greg began to pursue his dream of becoming a Dog Trainer, she began to shadow and assist Greg with his private lesson to further her knowledge on canine behavior and communication. While assisting Greg with his own clients, Tish took a position as a Kennel Supervisor for a thriving Dog Daycare & Boarding facility where she developed and led the dog training program for that facility. Her methods are similar to Greg’s, including positive reinforcement and uniquely crafting a training plan based on each client and their dog. When you schedule a Midday Visit or In Home Pet Sitting you can rest assure that Tish will be the one who will come to your home, care for your pets and home with as she does her own. Tish finds fulfillment in strengthening the relationship between man and his best friend with all members in the home. Greg and Tish work together to discover the best solution to meet the needs of each client and dog. Their two children quickly began to understand the roles in the pack and Front Door Dog Training highly recommends that all members in the home to participate in the training process.