Our mission at Hole in the Wall Dog Training Academy is to develop or further a fun and enjoyable relationship with your dog. A well-behaved dog is a “good” dog. We will train you how to get the most from your dog. A well behaved dog is a “good” dog.

Our small classes encourage your dog to focus on you and not the many distractions in the real world. As your dog increases his attention you then can open his world to more experiences.

Positive reinforcement with reward training has been proven to speed up the process of learning. Your goals are met and your dog is successful.

Aversive techniques and fear based methods are not part of our philosophy. 




Pat has 30 years of teaching experience. She holds a Masters Degree in Education from Rutgers University, New Jersey. Her enjoyment of working with both dogs and people sparks her excitement.

Pat graduated from the Karen Pryor Dog Training and Behavior Academy with distinction in 2012 and is a Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP). Pat is certified also in dog training through the Council of Certified Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and is a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), Pet Professional Guild, and TAGteach International.

Pat has been a featured trainer for the Karen Pryor Dog Training Academy website. She is a licensed presenter with Family Paws and Dog Gone Safe’s Be a Tree Program.


Pat has had a passion for Therapy Dog work since 2005 when she first started doing therapy dog visits with her Goldens, Lily and Dallas.

Pat is a member of Love on a Leash Pet Therapy and Intermountain Therapy Animals-R.E.A.D program. She is founder and chapter leader/trainer of Coastal Carolina Love on a Leash. She has trained and supervised over 50 dog/handler teams for therapy dog work.

Pat is an AKC Canine Good Citizen approved evaluator and an APDT evaluator for Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.). She is a certified  Level 1 Tag teacher.

Pat is always willing to speak at organizations about animal behavior, training, and responsible dog ownership, including dog and children safety.

When time allows Pat attends workshops and seminars by some of the leading dog trainers and behaviorists in the world. A highlight was attending the World Summit TAGteach symposium in Verona, Italy in 2015.

Sadly, Pat lost her 2 best friends, Lily and Dallas in 2016. She now shares her home with 2  young energized Golden Retrievesr, Charlie and Baxter. She hopes that they  will someday become  therapy dogs.





I have had 5 of my dogs enrolled in training at Hole In The Wall Dog Training Academy since September of 2012.  When I adopted Cali, a lab-greyhound mix, from the Pamlico PAWS New Leash On Life program, we knew that she was destined to do more. We  became a certified Love On A Leash Therapy Dog Team in February 2015.  She touched so many lives in our work at libraries, schools, Wounded Warriors, and work with prospective Therapy Dog  teams continues in Cali's honor.Hospice. Because of an education background and with Pat's encouragement, I completed coursework i the Karen Pryor Professional Dog Training Academy. I  became an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator in August 2016. In 2018, I began the certification process to become a K9 Nose Work Instructor (ANWI) with the National Association of Canine Scent Work. I am so fortunate that Pat allowed me to observe and assist in numerous classes at Hole in the Wall.  To see the transformation that can happen as a result of positive reinforcement training is exhilarating. The new Nose Work classes at Hole in the Wall have been added to my class responsibilities.  I am a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT_, the Pet Professional Guild (PPG), Love on a Leash Pet Therapy, Intermountain Therapy Animals-R.E.A.D. program, and the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB).

* Editor Note - Rosey lost her precious Cali in Summer  2018.  Our community is at a loss without this very special team.




Sassy and I began training at Hole in the Wall Dog Training Academy in January 2013 with the goal of becoming a Therapy Team. We had a lot of work to do!  Sassy received her AKC Canine Good Citizen title in April 2013, a requirement for therapy teams. We became a Therapy Team with Love on a Leash in August 2013 and went on to join Intermountain Therapy’s R.E.A.D (Reading Education Assistance Dog) program in July 2015. Under Pat’s mentorship I continued to get more involved in training by assisting with classes and events. In August 2016 I became an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. I love learning new positive reinforcement training methods (Sassy gets to help!) and helping owners solve problems and discover their dog’s wonderful personalities through fun games and training.