After years of trying to figure out how to work with dogs everyday, Patrick finally gave up everything to start training dogs professionally in 2002 for a company in Dallas Texas. He fell in love with his new career and knew he had made the right decision immediately. Transforming dogs so that they can live the life they want to with structure and freedom is like heaven on earth – whoever said “you won’t work a day in your life if you love your work” was exactly right! What Patrick wasn’t expecting was the bonus of how rewarding it was to help the human side of the relationship. After all, it doesn’t work unless we, as dog trainers, can get the training to be just as effective for the owner. Patrick feels very fortunate to get to continue his mission of making humans’ lives easier and dogs’ lives better!
Jack Sparrow Shackleford
Patrick’s sidekick and training assistant. Jack was a rescue dog that Patrick said was “love at first sight” (and Jack agrees). Since his rescue, Patrick has made this lucky dog a social, outgoing, obedience demonstrator, agility master, tricks doing, and free kisses galore dog. Hard to believe this little guy was sitting in a shelter waiting on someone to recognize his quality!
Amy is a recent transplant to Charlotte, and The Dog Wizard is very lucky to have her on the team! 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. 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! We would be lost without her.
Noelle has been part of The Dog Wizard family since she started her path as a trainer in Charleston SC in 2012. After 5 years in the Lowcountry and 4 years of helping dogs and their owners to have a better life, it was time to get back to her roots in New Jersey. It was a tough decision not to be hands on with owners and their dogs but now as the office manager she gets to continue to be part of the wizard family and clients lives! Her first hand knowledge of the training side adds a huge benefit to the day to day operations in the office. It helps us be more efficient, creating processes to help better our clients experience as she understands our clients needs that much more! Whether you are a first time caller or a current client, Noelle’s passion for canine’s and their people exudes from the moment you start talking to her. She has an unending love for her three dogs Lexi, Trinity and her newest addition Huckleberry as well as the man that stands by her side, Evan. Noelle is focusing on field trial obedience with Huckleberry and has the pleasure of frequenting the river with the dogs and exploring the beautiful trails and landscape of The Garden State.