FORCING IS OLD FASHIONED! POSITIVE METHODS ARE WHERE IT'S AT! DISCOVER THE FAST & EFFECTIVE WAY TO A WELL BEHAVED & HAPPY PET.

Basic manners to behaviour modification. Fast & effective learning for your cat or dog.

Private consults

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DAy & group

classes

Adopting a pet that fits your lifestyle is key to a long, happy relationship with your new friend.

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pet-prep

assessments

Positive training methods from certified, caring, petcare professionals

no-force

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training

methods

Resolving many behaviour concerns starts by adding physical and mental stimulation to your pets day.

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WALKING &

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About SouthPaw

No-force training and more from experienced, highly certified trainers for positive results.read more +

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A green community member, using environmentally sustainable practices and policies. read more +

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SERVICES

We help you meet your pet care goals

It’s never too early or late to train your pet.  We support your pet’s physical and mental shape, while improving quality of life.  Learning together can be fun and create better communication.  An engaged, active pet makes for a content pet and happy owner.

Group Classes

Tell SouthPaw what classes you need and want. Classes for manners, read world skills, adult dog play and much more.

Private Consults

For cats and dogs. Focused progress designed just for you and your pet!

Day Training

Short on time? We’ll work one on one with your pet while you’re busy.

Walking and Exercise

We resolve behavior concerns by adding physical and mental stimulation to your pet’s day.

Pet Prep Assessments

Wagging tails don’t always mean, “Come pet me!”  Let SouthPaw be your translator in the adoption process.

The experience of a seasoned pet pro can ease the decision process and point you in the optimal direction beyond good looks and the cuddle factor.  It can be tempting to just roll the dice and hope for the best when your heart strings get tugged by a ball of lovable fur.  A consult will not kill that giddy buzz, but simply prevent mishaps in decision making and narrow the field to match your true desires in a family pet.

MEET CC BOURGEOIS

Owner & lead trainer

“I love to nurture relationships and build communication between pets and owners. I get so excited when pets have a breakthrough moment!”

At SouthPaw, we teach pets manners for use in the real world so you may experience the real joy that comes from spending time with your furry friend.

OUR CLIENTS BENEFIT FROM

  • Professional, certified trainers
  • Fun approaches to learning
  • Force-free, humane methods
  • Science-based teaching
  • Effective training skills

CC has over 10 years experience in the pet care field and is truly passionate about training dogs, cates and their humans. CC has also worked extensively with feral animals and rescue groups.

OUR TRAINERS

We are passionate about pet care and this wonderful craft we get to enjoy each day.  learn more +

CREDENTIALS

What is the SouthPaw difference? Part of it is to do with our experience and extensive education.  learn more +

GOING GREEN

We are Charleston’s only pet care professionals with an environmentally conscious philosophy put into practice through our purchasing policies, vendor selection criteria and recycling program. Join us in our focus to use only ecologically sustainable practices.  learn more +

CERTIFICATIONS

Because you & your pet deserve the best
  • Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA)
  • Pat Miller Certified Trainer (PMCT Level 1), Red Cross Pet First Aid & CPR

Trainer CC Bourgeouis has also trained with with renowned veterinarian and dog trainer Dr. Ian Dunbar and dog behavior pro, Trish King.

OUR PROMISE

We’re on a mission

OUR MISSION

To provide quality, science based pet behavior education to encourage understanding, thus helping owners arrive at effective, long-term solutions that will have a positive impact on their relationship with their pets and create mutual compassion and respect.

OUR VISION

To build a more compassionate community through effective training programs and a scientific understanding of domesticated animal behavior. SouthPaw envisions a society that respects their animals as the sentient beings they are and intrinsic value they bring.

OUR GOAL

to make learning as fun as possible for both animal and owner; to resolve behavior problems without doing any harm; and to keep animals in their homes and out of shelters. We are committed to continuing education based on solid learning theory principles.

WHY CHOOSE CC & SOUTHPAW

How we can help you

EXPERIENCED

Over 10 years experience in pet care with industry recognised certifications including CPDT-KD & APDT

PASSIONATE

Makes training fun while nurturing relationships & communication between owner and pet

PATIENT

CC works to discover how you and your pet learn & present information in a way you can undertant

RESULTS DRIVEN

Thrilled to see pet owners enjoy their new found leadership and bond with their happier well-behaved pet

 “Provide what you promise. Respect the individual human and pet. Strive for excellence and progress.”

CC Bourgeois – Southpaw Lead Trainer

 TESTIMONIALS FROM HAPPY CUSTOMERS

Don’t just take it from us, see what our customers have to say!

“I would highly recommend SouthPaw. Our Rottweiler puppy had issues with resource guarding and going to the vet. C.C. helped us understand what goes through a puppy’s mind. If it were not for her very helpful advice and time spent with us, I think Ben would not be with us now.”

Craig Miller

Gambrills, MD

“I take referrals very seriously. My clients deserve the best and I refuse to subject them to subpar services. I am more than confident in SouthPaw. I have referred many clients and each one has been very pleased with not only the outcome of the training but also with SouthPaw’s professional nature.”

Scott K. Andersen

DVM

“I wanted to personally thank SouthPaw! Ben has certainly come a long way and we now know how to deal with him. He has been neutered and is making social visits to the vet. Huge improvement! SouthPaw really did help us out more than they know. They really are great at what they do.”

Nancy Miller

Gambrillis, MD

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