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Hello & Welcome!

My name is Erica. I am a certified dog trainer and the Founder of DogLove San Diego. I grew up on the East Coast and have owned small dogs my entire life. DogLove was established in 2014 and inspired by my pug, Sampson. This photo was taken at Coronado Dog Beach. His happy place!

Our story: Sampson had frequented an all-in-one (boarding, daycare, grooming, veterinary and training) pet care establishment when over time I began noticing changes in his behavior. My once confident, dog-friendly dog was now avoiding other dogs (both big and small). He no longer initiated play, cowered and became attached to me. After viewing the facility’s webcam, I noticed that the outdoor space was extremely overcrowded. Dogs of all sizes were packed into a small area, which did not give the dogs enough space to roam free. As a concerned dog owner, I took him out of that environment and began educating myself on dog body language and stress signals and, the more that I spoke with other small dog owners, the more I realized that others had had similar experiences and were looking for an alternative.

I began pet sitting full-time. I apprenticed and then became an Assistant Trainer with Synergy Dog Training. I also apprenticed as a Service Dog Trainer and in 2017, I obtained my dog trainer certification through CATCH Canine Trainers Academy. 

As a dog trainer, I specialize in effective, science-based, positive training methods. I avidly continue my education by attending conferences and workshops held by the leading dog trainers and behavior modification specialists. I volunteered with the San Diego Humane Society where I especially enjoy working with shy and fearful dogs to help build their confidence.

In my spare time, I enjoy photography, going to the beach, spending time with friends and exploring the city’s Farmer’s Markets. I share my San Diego abode with Sampson and a plethora of visiting canines.

All year long, you give us the gift of peace of mind, knowing that Artie is loved so well in his home away from home. And becoming friends is icing on the cake!
— Kara K.