What We Do

Photo by Tica Clarke Photography.

Certified Dog Trainer Annie Phenix, CPDT-KA®, helps your dog to learn how to behave and enjoy life with its human companions. After being heavily involved for more than 15 years in rescuing and retraining hundreds of dogs from every Central Texas animal shelter, Annie has seen just about every behavior — good and bad — that a dog can offer. She’s worked with puppies and senior dogs and everything in between. She’s also worked with just about every breed (and, yes, she is happy to work with your “bully breed” dog) and as well as every combination imaginable of mixed breed dogs. She’s achieved a high level of training with her once semi-feral Border Collie siblings, Radar (CGC, CGCA, B.A. and Canine Masters with Honors, Birch, Anise and Clove ORT) and Echo (CGC, CGCA, B.A.,Canine Masters with Honors and a Certified Therapy Dog).

Phenix is a graduate of an intensive, Schutzhund-based canine training academy where she was taught how to use the shock collar in punishment-based canine training over several months. After learning the ins and outs of a shock collar and after witnessing all kinds of dogs endure this kind of training, Annie never again put a shock collar on a dog. She is a positive reinforcement clicker trainer by choice and by design. Annie stands with the countless professionals in the dog training industry who oppose the use of shock collars, including Dr. Karen Overall. She is a member of the select group of trainers in the The Pet Professional Guild, The Association for Force Free Professionals. She routinely works with over-anxious dogs, putting to use the up-to-date knowledge she has learned from the industry’s leading professionals. She has attended workshops and seminars by Karen Pryor and Clicker Expo, Sarah Kalnajs, Emma Parsons, Kathy Sdao and more. She is an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator and has achieved the advanced CGC Title for her own dogs and countless client dogs.

Annie is a highly sought-after writer and author. She is the Trainer in Residence for the world’s largest on-line dog community, Dogster.com, as well as the author of a training column called SPEAK! in the nationally syndicated Dogster Magazine (replaced Dog Fancy). She writes monthly training articles for The Lucky Puppy, a new online and print publication written just for owners of rescue dogs. Phenix is also a columnist for BARKS Magazine, the official publication of The Pet Professional Guild. Phenix has a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin. Annie has a Spring 2016 book coming out about living with and training troubled dogs. She is the author of the Spring 2016 book, The Midnight Dog Walkers: Positive Training and Practical Advice for Living with a Reactive or Aggressive Dog (Lumina Media). The book sold out on Amazon from early pre-orders and was named the #1 best book in its category on Amazon.

A new area of interest for Annie is the fast-growing sport of canine nose work. She is a recent graduate of two Train the Trainer Courses with Andrew Ramsey — one of the world’s top nose work trainers. She competes in nose work with her dogs as well as trains clients who are competitors or enthusiasts of nose work. Phenix is a member of the National Association of Canine Scent Work. She is an active competitor in the sport and her 10-year-old Border Collie Radar passed all three odors in the Odor Recognition Tests (ORT).