Our Trainers

Holly Blakney is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and is a Victoria Stilwell (Host of Animal Planet’s It’s me or the Dog television program) Positively Dog Trainer.

She is a Holly Blakney & Victoria Stilwell (Host of Animal Planet’s It’s me or the Dog television program) Positively Dog Trainermember and evaluator for Broward Paws for Love a Pet Assisted Therapy organization as well as a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator for the American Kennel Club and is Certified in Canine First Aid and CPR. She also helped start south Florida’s Dog Scout Troop #157 and is a Scout Master and Evaluator of the following badges: DSA, Obstacles 1,2 & 3, Agility, 60 Weave Pole Challenge, Rally, Naked Dog Obedience, Manners, Tricks, First Aid, Herding, Retrieve & Fundraising 1 & 2 .


She has been training dogs for over 15 years and showing dogs in competition Obedience, Herding and Agility for 13 years. In addition to obedience and agility she also enjoys sheep herding with her dogs and volunteering in nursing homes, hospitals and elementary schools performing Pet Assisted Therapy.

Holly is the President and Co-Founder/Owner of Dog Training Academy of South Florida. The Academy is one of its kind and offers a full curriculum for all levels and disciplines. All training is  Force Free. Among the classes: Puppy and Adult dog classes in 3 levels (Puppy/Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced training) as well as Trick, Rally-O, Animal Actor, Reactive Dog, Flyball, Competition Obedience, Sleep Away Camp, Day School Training, Therapy Dog classes and certification and Agility classes.

Holly is an Animal Handler on film and television sets and also a very accomplished actor that has graced the Theater stage and appeared in a number of films. The Dog Training Academy of South Florida also has specialized classes for Dog Actors as well!

Has attended and completed:

Has competed in AKC Obedience, Agility, Herding, Rally-O and Conformation with her dogs earning over 25 titles.

Trained, Evaluated, Mentored and Certified Instructors for Pet Super stores throughout South Florida (training and placing over 100+ trainers).

Attended Karen Pryor Clicker Expo for Three Full sessions (www.clickertraining.com/clickerexpo) Has attended seminars and workshops with Dr. Ian Dunbar (Training, Behavior), Karen Pryor (Training, Behavior), Pia Silvani (Training, Behavior Modification), Michele Pouliot (Freestyle), Brigitte van Gestel (Freestyle), Emma Parsons (Training, Behavior Modification), Gary Wilkes (Training, Behavior), Bud Houston (Agility) and other well known Trainers, Behaviorist and Instructors.

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