Amanda Begley — Owner
Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Specialist
ABC Certified Dog Trainer
IACP professional member
Amanda has been working with problem dogs since she was 16 years old. Living in a small town in Washington state, she worked with friends and neighbors’ dogs whenever possible. She also started bringing in rescue dogs to train and rehabilitate, then find their forever homes. They needed understanding and love so badly- abused or neglected, abandoned by their owners for simple behavior problems. One special dog, a Pit mix then called “Cujo”, was horribly abused and extremely dog aggressive. Yet with some training and understanding, he rehabbed into one of the best dogs she’s ever known. That was it, she was hooked- Amanda decided to make helping dogs her life’s work.
In 2007 she enrolled in Animal Behavior College where she graduated and received her certification as an ABC Dog Trainer. She moved south to the sunny, dog-loving city of San Diego, CA where she opened Freedom Dog Training. “FDT” was discontinued for 3 years when Amanda enlisted in the military and deployed to Afghanistan. After her discharge however, she came to Hutto, TX to attend the Starmark Academy for Dog Trainers, where she graduated and received her certification as a Dog Behavior Specialist. After 1 year spent in the Austin area, she moved to Houston and established The Devoted Dog LLC. After buying a 9 acre farm in Cleveland she is now back in the business of doing what she loves – rescuing dogs and helping people and their dogs enjoy happy, healthy relationships!
Amanda shares her home with 5 dogs, 4 cats, birds, countless farm animals, and of course the wonderful dogs in training. She enjoys taking her pack on hikes in the north Houston area, and spends her free time working with the incredible wolves and wolfdogs at Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary.
While in training with us, your dog stays in our home as a member of the family! Take a look at our video to see.
The Devoted Dog was awarded the 2015 Best of Dog Trainers in Round Rock! We’re thrilled with that recognition, and we hope to be Magnolia’s choice for 2016. We’ve also received the Best of 2015 award from Thumbtack because of the wonderful reviews that our happy families have left us. Thanks everyone!