Welcome to Best Paw Forward! As a family owned and operated business, 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.
Co-Owner and Training Director
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. We 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, MBA, 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. Raven and I took as many training classes as we could even though I worked full time and was finishing up my MBA. We even started volunteering with a rescue for German Shepherds and jumped into fostering.
Over time, my fosters came with more challenging behaviors like dog aggression and even people aggression. Other volunteers and the rescue’s dog trainers told me that I had a natural ability to understand the dog I was fostering and easily change their unwanted behaviors so that they were adoptable. They were impressed with the improvements I could make.
Pretty soon I set out to become a professional dog trainer and began diving more into the study of how and why certain methods worked. I wanted to know the best way to improve behavior so that owners enjoyed their dogs more. I’m now a proud Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), an AKC CGC Evaluator and a C.L.A.S.S. Instructor and Evaluator. I’m also a supporting member of the IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants).
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!