Owner & Certified Professional Trainer

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

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


  • Professional, Nationally Certified Trainer
  • Specialized Certification in Separation Anxiety Training
  • Experience and Success in Behavior Modification
  • Fun Approaches to Learning
  • Force-free, Humane Methods
  • Modern, Science-based Teaching
  • Effective Training Skills

C.C. has over 15 years experience in the pet care field and is truly passionate about training dogs, cats and their humans. C.C. has also worked extensively with rescue groups and shelters.


What is the SouthPaw difference?
Extensive experience and superb education.
Here’s what all those acronyms mean.
Hint: You’re working with a pro!


Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed
Independently assessed via stringent testing criteria


Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer
Highest qualification available to treat this heart-breaking disorder


Pat Miller Certified Trainer
Intensive course study alongside renowned trainer and dog book author

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Because You & Your Pet Deserve the Best


We’re on a Mission


To provide quality, science-based pet behavior education to encourage understanding and help 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.


To build a more compassionate community through effective, modern training programs based on real behavior science not outdated myths. SouthPaw envisions a society that respects their animals as the sentient beings they are and intrinsic value they bring.


To make learning truly fun 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.


How C.C. Can Help You


Over 15 years experience in pet care with industry recognized certifications including CPDT-KA, CSAT and PMCT


Makes training interesting and fun while nurturing relationships & communication between owners and pets.


C.C. works hard to discover how you and your pet learn & presents information in a way you can understand.


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.”

C.C. Bourgeois, CSAT, CPDT-KA, PMCT


A major advocate of adoption and ethical breeding practices, her current menagerie of pets came to her through various adoption and rescue paths.

C.C. helped form the SPCA in the Turks & Caicos Islands for several years creating an educational outreach program, working in the capture/spay-neuter/release program and assisting in operating room prep/surgery/post operative procedures as well.  She saw many horrifying things working in the program but those strengthened her resolve to help change for the better occur. There is always much reward in shelter and rescue work and this was true in the Bahamas as well.

Prior to training full time, C.C. also enjoyed grooming and managing a fun pet supply boutique. During this time, she volunteered with the Anne Arundel County SPCA in Maryland. Her goal there was to encourage basic manners by teaching or refreshing skills such as Loose Leash Walking, Sit and Wait in order to improve any Dog’s adoptability and understanding of human expectations.

Since her arrival to Charleston, South Carolina in 2012, she has developed strong connections with local Charleston animal organizations to contribute to their already amazing efforts. While re-establishing SouthPaw in the Lowcountry, C.C. took on the role of Behavior & Training Manager at Charleston Animal Society where she implemented several training and life enrichment programs with staff and volunteers.

C.C.’s hope in training pets is to improve their chances of staying in their homes or ending any cycle of animal surrender in which they currently find themselves. “We know far more about animal behavior today and we can help them.”


She seeks to continuously refine and grow her expertise by studying with the most respected professionals in the positive, reward-based training world using the most up to date scientific methods and tools – see Credentials. She is noted for making training fun and shows great patience with her clients while challenging them to learn more and succeed. She will work to discover how you and your pet learn and present information in the best way possible for you to make progress with your pet.

One of her maxims is, “Provide what you promise. Respect the individual Human and Pet. Strive for excellence and progress.”

As an active Professional Member of the Pet Professional Guild and The Association for Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), C.C. takes very seriously her commitment to abide by the Association’s Code of Ethics and joined PPG and APDT as she feels their goals of education and community outreach for animal advocacy reflect her own. She uses pet-friendly, reward-based training techniques. These methods motivate the animal to use their brains, choose to work with the owner and truly learn instead of being forced to submit in order to obey. She is thrilled to show pet owners how easily their Dog or Cat will choose the preferred behavior when provided clear communication and motivation based on proven learning theory principles.

C.C.’s experience is extensive and her tool box of training skills full. She can teach you how to motivate your dog in all sorts of ways including utilizing Lure Reward training, Clicker Training, Shaping and Capturing. She can also help your pet with Behavior Modification needs for problem behaviors such as Aggression, Fear and Separation or Isolation Anxiety by carefully designing a modification protocol for the specific need.


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