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About Us

Ann Becnel, B.Ed., M.Ed.

Ann Becnel is a professional dog trainer, an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, and a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).

Ann has over 35+ years’ experience working with dogs and their owners. Throughout her career as a teacher, she taught dog training classes at nights and on weekends. 20 years ago, after decades of helping families train dogs of all breeds, ages, and sizes, Ann decided to open her own business.

She is a passionate believer in humane, positive reinforcement dog training, which changes behavior quickly and effectively without the use of punishment or force. To keep current on the latest training techniques, Ann attends professional conferences and seminars with high-profile trainers.

When she isn’t hard at work turning other people’s dogs into well-mannered canine family members, Ann volunteers her time and expertise at the Gulf South Golden Retriever Rescue and Italian Greyhound Rescue Gulf Coast where she counsels adopters on training and behavior. Aside from spending time with dogs, her favorite pastime is to sail and race her 31′ Erikson Independence sailboat on Lake Pontchartrain.

Ann lives in New Orleans, LA with her two Italian Greyhounds and one Chihuahua, Turbo, Moon Pie, and Petal.

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Jaimie Hefelfinger

Jaimie Hefelfinger is a dog trainer for Ann Becnel Companion Dogs. For over a decade, she has spent her days in the exciting world of digital advertising where she arms her clients with a unique combination of education and technology to help them grow their revenue. 
Outside of work, she dedicates her time to molding great family dogs through positive reinforcement training. Her philosophy is centered around building trust and connections between the people and their pets to make obedience training fun and successful. 
She lives in New Orleans with her husband, Mike, and furbaby, Winston. 
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“Ann really has great methods and lots of ways to teach a dog good behaviors. She taught our whole family and was especially patient with our kids.” –Susie Allen