Justin’s admiration of and fascination with all things canine has led him to work with dogs nearly his entire life. He worked his way through Georgia State University by managing a local dog daycare and training facility. Through 4 years of managing the facility, Justin’s interest in caring for dogs grew as he observed them interact in a large group setting daily. There are no better teachers of dog communication than the dogs themselves. As Justin’s knowledge and ability to communicate with dogs grew, family and friends (and friends of friends) began asking for advice about their dogs. After Justin graduated, he continued helping people with their dogs as a hobby while he worked his 9 to 5 job in downtown Atlanta. Something was missing, though, and Justin made a very tough decision to quit his stable (yet unfulfilling) job and pursue a full-time career in dog training. Soon afterwards, he attended the Dog Wizard Academy, where his knowledge and experience with dogs grew exponentially. The state-of-the-art training methods he has learned have led him to training and helping hundreds of dogs and their families. Justin’s passion for improving the relationships between dogs and their owners drives and rewards him every day. Justin’s specialties include separation anxiety, aggression, nervous/shy dogs and high-energy breeds. Justin is accompanied 24/7 by a highly motivated shepherd/terrier mix, Randy, that he adopted from the Atlanta Humane Society.
Paul joined Justin and his team in order to assist him with dog training, as the Atlanta Dog Wizard continues to grow helping more dogs and their owners year after year. As with most of the Dog Wizard family, his love and affection for dogs and his relationship with our furry friends has been lifelong. Originally born in Durham, England Paul moved to Atlanta with his family in his early childhood and considers it his hometown. After attending the University of Georgia and building a career in the hospitality industry he would eventually seek a path that he could truly be passionate about traveling. Once that decision was made his affinity for all things canine drove him to take the leap into the world of dog training, leading him to the Dog Wizard Academy. Here he developed his existing understanding of canine behavior and added some of the most complete and innovative training skills available. In the ever evolving world of dog training Paul hopes to continues to grow and understand the fascinating nature of our faithful companions, helping them and their owners alike enjoy a more rewarding relationship. He currently shares his home with two four legged assistants, Dooley who is an always vigorous Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog, and a spunky Yorkshire Terrier named Quinn.
Randy was adopted from the Atlanta Humane Society when he was only 16 weeks old. Shortly after coming home Randy fell ill and was diagnosed with parvo. The Humane Society was good enough to provide treatment. But a pup as small and young as him had very little chance of making it against parvo. However, Randy survived and has made the most of his life ever since. Whether it’s perching on fire hydrants, chasing a tennis ball or retrieving a “cold beverage” from the cooler, Randy always gives 100% and has a blast doing it.
I have always loved dogs and cats as pets, but I didn’t consider working with them professionally until 2007 when I realized how miserable I was working in a corporate office as an accountant and how incredibly jealous I was of the people who worked at the dog daycare where my Eugene attended. I left my accounting career and started my own pet sitting business within months of that realization. In my over 7 years working as a Professional Pet Sitter, I had a number of clients who were fearful and/or aggressive. Some of these dogs were quite dangerous and wanted to bite any stranger who came near. I loved these dogs just like my own and saw what great and loving pets they could be, but didn’t know how to help them get over their fears. This is what led me to dog training.
I graduated from the Master Trainer course at the National K-9 School for Dog Trainers, earning all twelve endorsements that are offered and have continued my education since then by attending conferences and seminars given by world renowned trainers. I love what I do now! There is no better feeling than when a dog owner tells me how much happier and relaxed their dog is with training.
Lead Office Manager
Rachel happily joined The Dog Wizard team in March of 2017! She has grown up with a love of dogs her entire life, so becoming a part of this team was an absolute dream! She and her favorite girl, Lucy, her 11 yr old rescue, handle the day-to-day logistics of the office. Their daily routine includes talking with dogs and their people about their goals in training, scheduling appointments, and managing the office tasks. The best part of her job is being part of such a wonderful team, and helping build positive relationships between people and their pups. In her free time, Rachel loves to play roller derby and macrame. Rachel is a passionate outdoor enthusiast and enjoys spending time outside hiking with Lucy and her two active and energetic sons.
Amy has been with the Dog Wizard Office team since December 2016! Amy has a very important role with being the first point of contact for Dog Wizard clients. She helps manage the day-to-day needs, phone calls, and appointments which she does so well. Amy has a passion for helping customers at the highest level and ensuring they feel great and know that there is hope for their dog. The best part about her job is not only getting to talk with clients about their dogs but also having her rescue mutt, Winston, hang out with her all day! When she’s not helping us in the office she can be found enjoying the outdoors with Winston. We are grateful to have her on our team!
Chloe is a New York native! She began working with people with disabilities while obtaining her bachelor’s in Social Work. Throughout this journey, she noticed much of her free time was spent caring for animals, so she began a dog sitting business. She took it upon herself to volunteer and give back to the community at local animal shelters and sanctuaries in her free time. Chloe used to competitively ride horses but now just enjoys riding in her free time. Chloe discovered these experiences brought her immense happiness and consequently to shift her career toward one involving helping animals. Chloe is a proud and loyal member of our Dog Wizard family. When you talk to Chloe about your dog and the troubles you are having you will immediately feel at ease with her compassion for you and your dog! One of the best parts of her job, she gets to spend time at home with her two pups Bax and Benji.
Noelle has been a part of The Dog Wizard family when her path as a trainer started in 2011. She launched the Charleston Dog Wizard location in 2012 there she was able to help a lot of clients and their dogs have a better life and gain more freedom. In 2016 Noelle took over as the lead office manager where she was able to make an impact on the team to better serve the clients and trainers. With her first hand training knowledge of and knowing what it was like being on the other side as a trainer the office support was able to grow by leaps and bounds. She has helped build the office team with a family culture, compassion and passion that can be experienced with every client they talk to. Noelle continues to oversee the office but now spends her time continuing to develop and grow The Dog Wizard trainers and their businesses so that we can help even more people than we already do! She spends most days working remotely on her boat with her sidekick, Huckleberry.