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Meet Your Local Officials
Paula Nowak, owner of Canine Country Academy, LLC, began her dog training passion seven years ago by taking her own dogs through various group classes at Canine Country Academy. While she was enjoying teaching her own dogs she was also training sales professionals in the corporate world. She soon realized that training people with dogs brought her much more joy! She started learning all she could about dog behavior and training through books, seminars, conferences and apprenticing with CCA’s founder Cathy Bruce. Paula now runs the business side as well as teaching group classes, private lessons and presenting educational talks with the goal of injecting fun into all aspects of dog training to help dogs and their owners live together happily.
Paula has been featured on Atlanta Plugged In helping even more people learn about various dog training and behavior topics. She also contributes to blog posts including: Brit & Co, Chewy.com and CEO Blog Nation.
She shares her life with her husband Buddy, who has been a huge support in her following her passion of dog training and their four amazing Terriers. Paula has earned her AKC Novice Rally title with one of her dogs, Curly. She has also achieved a NW1 and NW2 title with her dog Molly and looks forward to their first attempt at NW3. Curly also has an Advanced trick dog title through Kyra Sundance’s Trick Dog program. Norby, their 2 year old Toy Fox Terrier, is working on Nose Work Competition and his first Trick Dog Title.
During her training at Canine Country Academy she fell in love with teaching not only her own dogs, but the ability to help other dog/human relationships develop the close bond she experienced through training. Her love of animals dates back to early childhood and continues to grow with each new experience. Over the last 9 years, she has also been involved in rehabilitating Rat Terriers through rescue organizations. She has worked with New Rattitude Rat Terrier Rescue & Adoptions. She also works with Rescue Ranch a local dog rescue organization. Teaching people and dogs has connected her with an amazing organization, Mister Migs, where she is currently partnering as a mentor. Mister Migs makes Dog Gear for Good providing real-life work and community experience to marginalized youth.
Paula is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), AKC Star Puppy and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, Connection, Cooperation & Control – Level 1 Instructor and Certified Trick Dog Instructor through Kyra Sundance’s program. �She is also a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. While educating others is her passion she also takes every opportunity to learn from some of the best educators by attending seminars, conferences and reading their books. These include: Suzanne Clothier (currently working on C.A.R.A.T. 1.2), Clicker Expo speakers, S.A.N.E. Solutions for Challenging Dog Behavior with Kathy Cascade, International TTouch Instructor and more. In 2017, sheattended the Association of Professional Dog Trainers conference in Richmond, VA.
Paula is excited to be a part of Suzanne Clothier and Cindy Knowlton’s newest relationship centered program Connection, Cooperation & Control. She is one of the inaugural pioneer trainers bringing this program to the Southeast. It is absolutely amazing!
Explore! (Start Your Journey)
We offer custom 60 to 90 minute coaching sessions in the comfort of your own home, at our training facility or out and about.
This is great to get one-on-one coaching for specific skills, address behavioral issues and help you prepare for your new puppy.
Gwinnett County, GA and surrounding areas
Gwinnett County, GA
Behavior Consulting – The Canine Country Approach
When necessary, we also work closely with your veterinary team to ensure that any behavior issues potentially caused by physical problems are brought to light, and that any physical problems can be remedied by a veterinarian expert. If fact, we are proud to have many great cross consulting relationships with veterinary clinics in the area.
100% Positive Reinforcement
Our role as your behavior consultant is to help you better understand what your dog is communicating, and to fix the root cause of that fear.
Check out our Reactive Dog Program CLICK HERE
Let’s Dig Deeper…
- Separation anxiety
- Housebreaking Issues
- Destructive chewing
- Other stress-related behavior problems
We are happy to customize and quote a tailored, consultative solution for your dog’s particular behavior issues. Generally lasting about 90-minues, our in-home or on-site behavior consultations will HELP YOU get your beloved canine back on the right track to a happy and more balanced life!
Plan Your Trip
Lawrenceville / Gwinnett
975 Cripple Creek Drive
Lawrenceville GA 30043
Lawrenceville/Gwinnett and surrounding area: Group Classes, Private Lessons & Behavioral Consulting
Now Serving Athens, GA – In-Home Training
Things to Do
Friday, February 7th to Sunday, February 9th at Canine Country Academy in Lawrenceville, GA
Are you looking for an expert to help you take your show dog skills to the next level?
Would you like some one-on-one coaching in this area of dog sports?
Vicki Ronchette from Show Dog Prep School is coming to CCA to help hone your conformation and handling skills before your next show. On Friday, February 7th she will be offering private 30 to 60 minute lessons. On Saturday, February 8th there is a workshop focused on movement and Sunday, February 9th focusing on adding flash to your performance.
To learn more and register visit: CLICK HERE
Need Help with Your Reactive Dog?
Sunday, November 10th at 3:00pm
Is your dog worried about new people? new dogs? new places? Do they bark, lunge, and/or try to bite when scared? Do they live in a bubble because you are scared to take them anywhere?
Join us for a FREE 90-minute talk at CCA to learn how you can help your dog immediately. You will learn how to better read your dog’s signals, things you can teach them to feel safe, and other ways to support them.
Please sign up for reminders and updates.
Kong Stuffing Party
Are you looking for ways to keep your dog(s) busy this holiday season?
Are you in a rut as to what to stuff into their daily Kong?
Would you like to hangout with other like-minded Kong stuffers?
We are hosting a FREE workshop to exchange what to stuff into your dog’s Kong. There is WAY more to stuff into a Kong besides peanut butter and canned dog food. In this workshop out attendees are the “instructors”. Rachel Anderson will lead the fun event with information on enrichment and attendees will create recipes for the Kongs.
Saturday, December 7th from 4pm to 5:30pm
Are you interested in even more events we are hosting in the future?
We love to host events to provide education, support for our awesome community, and fun! Please follow this link to see a full list of all of the events we have planned…so far!
For almost two years I have had the privilege of training at CCA. My dog Harper is unique in many ways. From the age of 12 weeks she has worked her way through the requirements to become a trained service animal. Harper isn’t your traditional service dog. She weighs in at 13 pounds, has never met a task she couldn’t master and is full of attitude. CCA has guided us through many challenges that are specific to our daily work, as well as the many “normal” issues that coming with having a dog in your life. The trainers have managed to challenge us in creative ways through agility, rally, tricks classes and more. Their care and concern toward us is evident in the planning they put into every class. I am grateful to have found these wonderful trainers and I frequently recommend Canine Country Academy to everyone who compliments Harper.
We found Canine Country Academy we read every book and watched every video we could find about training. Overwhelmed and frustrated by so much conflicting information, we bought into training methods that only made things worse. We care about our dogs like family members and we were so lost. After a very bad experience with another trainer, a trusted friend referred us to Canine Country Academy. Our trainers have been absolutely amazing and incredibly caring. Their knowledge and experience has taught us so much and helped all of us and our dogs have better lives. We would have been lost without them. Thank you all!!!
We love Canine Country Academy. When Cait was only nine weeks old we started puppy classes just to learn basic manners and socialization skills. She is now four years old with titles in Nosework and Rally Obedience, Advanced Trick Dog, and serves as a therapy dog (TDI) to schools, retirement centers, and hospitals. The best part is that all her training has been positive and fun. We have had a great time at CCA!!!
I can’t say “Thank you” enough to CCA. From my very first interaction with them I could tell that they put the needs of the dogs, first. They were looking out for me and my dog instead of just trying to make money. I have a fearful, 2 year old Chihuahua named Aurora, and our trainer has helped us both tremendously. We have had private lessons and Shy Dog class. We have a long way to go, but we have come so far! Our trainer has given me an abundant amount of resources and techniques and tools so that I can continue our work at home between classes. Aurora and I have become closer throughout these classes because I’ve learned how to anticipate her needs and I’ve learned how to help her deal with her high anxiety triggers. I can’t wait for the next class for Aurora and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for her and how far she will go!!!
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