Trainer, Behavior Consultant, Therapy Dog Trainer
Paul became interested in therapy dog training after searching for ways to fuse his love for animals and his desire to help individuals with disabilities, inspired by his early experiences accompanying his father on visits to nursing homes and hospitals. He began working with dogs at the Lee Mannix Center for Canine Behavior in 2005. Impressed by what he saw, Paul decided to pursue his passion. Paul is a Certified member of the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI), an evaluator for the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen program, and a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. He has a degree in Psychology from the University of Texas and has worked with individuals with mental retardation and multiple disabilities at the Austin State School and at special education programs in public schools. Today, he continues to work with individuals with disabilities as a trainer for therapy dog programs run by the Austin State Hospital and Divine Canines. He has volunteered for Safe Place and the Austin Humane Society/SPCA. When Paul is not busy working, he enjoys spending time with his wife Krislyn, their kids Henry and Jocelyn, and their two dogs, Tricksy and Farmer. He also loves to play music, cook, hike and fish.