About SouthPaw
About SouthPaw

About SouthPaw

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

Our Mission

SouthPaw will 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.

How We Strive to Meet Our Goals

SouthPaw uses the most current, science-based methods for the training and behavior modification of animals. Our goals are 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. As part of this goal, throughout each year, we participate in intensive workshops and seminars presented by leading professionals in the field. We are also actively involved in various professional organizations including the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers (CCPDT). We believe in and are committed to a national certification for trainers as well as formal education and continuing education for all animal consultants. We work with owners and their pets to inform and help in every way we can.

Vision

SouthPaw endeavors 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.

The 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 +

The SouthPaw Pack

Photos and a bit about our furry family.  learn more +

Local Partners

SouthPaw’s heart is in Charleston! We support local businesses.  learn more +

Testimonials

  • C.C. was very thorough in understanding Remy’s schedule, feeding and preferred play routines. She kept detailed notes so thorough that I learned a bit more about his needs. “Aunt C.C.” was always a great sounding board about his training and development with helpful techniques for curbing his barking, walking properly on his leash and house training.

    —Lacey Davidson, Annapolis, MD

  • Months after adopting our dog, my confidence evaporated as she continued to make every walk a struggle. After working with C.C. on recognizing and rewarding positive behavior we are now able to navigate most situations without combat. C.C.’s training also allowed us to finally trim Midna’s nails with a minimum of fuss. Thanks for everything!

    —Ingrid Jansen, Annapolis, MD

  • C.C. Bourgeois is the very best as a professional and trainer. Katie is doing better walking on lead, getting in and out of the car and we can now manage her reactive tendencies better too. The many print-out guides were a great help! We used them after our Private Consult sessions and Day Training.

    —Mickey Cook, the parent, and Katie, a grateful well behaved doggie, Roland Park, MD

  • SouthPaw changed our entire perspective helping us understand our dog was acting out for attention and not out of aggression and to reinforce for good behaviors rather than only scolding for the bad. We can finally assert more control at the dog park and other distracting places. It was the best decision to use SouthPaw!

    —Karen and Andy Mohl, Crofton, MD

  • 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, Gambrills, MD

  • 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