Welcome to Best Paw Forward Dog Training and Behavior!
Best Paw Forward is a local dog training and behavior company started by husband and wife team, Michael and Jamie Badial. Their shared passion for helping rescue dogs overcome difficult behaviors to be outstanding family pets was the beginning of not only their life partnership but their business as well.
Along with their team, they have created people-friendly dog training programs to help hundreds of dogs each year. From puppy development to aggression solutions, they’ve seen and worked with it all. And they always have fun doing it.
Best Paw Forward makes dog training easy and fun for everyone.
Michael Badial, CPDT-KA
Co-Owner and Certified Dog Trainer
While growing up in Northern California, I was always surrounded by dogs! In fact, I remember getting my first ever ticket from a cop as a young teenager for having my dog walk down the street with me off leash. In my early 20s, I was a meter reader and traveled from yard to yard collecting information. I was met daily with dogs protecting their property and even sometimes facing attacks from these dogs. I quickly began learning how to change the dogs’ behavior and even made friends with them so that I could do my job. This is where my passion for being a dog trainer and helping owners to change their dog’s behavior began.
After moving to PA, I adopted a Mastiff mix that was aggressive towards men. I worked with several mentor dog trainers to change this dog’s behavior and learned many different dog training methods along the way. In 2008, I took on my first client and started my first dog training company. With a particular interest in altering unwanted behavior, I became an expert at decoding dog behavior for owners and helping them to understand how to change and create new behaviors.
Jamie Badial, CPDT-KA
Co-Owner and Certified Dog Trainer
I have been a dog lover since before I can remember (some say it is in my genetics – thanks, Dad!). At family parties, you could often find me outside playing with dogs or even sleeping with them in their crates. I remember trying to walk my Aunt’s 2 Irish Setters by myself as young as age 5 and getting tangled up in their leashes as they ran circles around me.
In 2008, I brought home a rambunctious German Shepherd puppy named Raven who guided me on my journey to becoming a dog trainer. I took as many training classes as I could and started fostering with a local German Shepherd rescue. Each of my fosters came with more challenging behaviors and I enjoyed working with them to be adoptable. This led me on my journey to help as many dogs and owners as I could have a better relationship.
Angelina Worman, CPDT-KA, CCC
Certified Dog Trainer and Canine Conditioning Coach
I’ve loved dogs since I was a child living with trained German Shepherd Dogs that were used by the local police department. These dogs were trained to search for narcotics and criminals while still being a family member. I became a veterinary technician right out of high school. This is where my passion for helping families overcome the challenges they were experiencing daily with their dogs was sparked.
I became a certified dog trainer in 1999 because I love teaching dogs but I also really love working with their people. The best part of my job is seeing families enjoying their dogs again. Some of the best moments in my business have been when families call me overjoyed at their dogs’ behavior.
In 2017, Angelina was certified as a Canine Conditioning Coach through Kyra Sundance’s Games and Canine Conditioning Workshop.
I’ve been surrounded by dogs since I was a little kid! There’s nothing I loved more than teaching the family dogs tricks and some obedience. If I wasn’t playing with the family dogs, I could be found riding my horse, Bandit. Although I went to school for education, worked in a daycare and as a Nanny for many years, I couldn’t help but feel that my true calling was working with animals.
My internship with Best Paw Forward has shown me that turning my passion for dogs into a career was possible! While my learning continues to grow every day, I am honored to help people understand their dogs better and have the kind of relationship with their dog that they’ve always dreamed of.
We love our job as dog trainers because we not only get to work with a lot of great dogs but we also get to help so many wonderful people too!