Welcome to Best Paw Forward! 

As a husband and wife team, we are committed to involving your family in the entire process.  Jamie and Michael make dog training fun and easy for everyone from age 2 to 72.

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.

Jamie Badial Dog Trainer

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!

 We love Board and Train Programs because we really get to know your dog. Working with them day in and day out allows us to create a great relationship with them.  We also get to see all of the behaviors that you are dealing with at home. These programs give you a great jump start to having a well-behaved dog for life!

Our Private Lessons Programs are always relaxed and fun so that dog owners enjoy dog training.  We give you as much information as possible so that you and your dog can be successful.


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