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Heidi Buck

Head Trainer
CGC Evaluator | AKC Temperament Tester | Member APDT

Heidi recently joined the Academy’s team of trainers after moving to North Carolina from Florida where she has trained dogs and led group classes for nearly 20 years. She also served as the Obedience Director for her local dog club. As a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Heidi is a L.I.M.A. compliant trainer.

L.I.M.A. is a philosophy of dog training that requires a trainer to use the Least Invasive & Minimally Aversive methods possible to meet a dog’s training objectives. Heidi prides herself to be a balanced trainer who follows L.I.M.A. but also knows how to work through problem behaviors when positive reinforcement alone isn’t enough. She has worked with various breeds of dogs from puppyhood through competition levels. Heidi spends her free time training her Golden Retriever, Briar, for obedience competitions at the Utility level and Agility competitions through the Master level. She and Briar have also earned AKC Trick titles as well as a few titles in AKC & UKC Hunt Retriever Tests.

“I enjoy making training fun for my dogs as well as the people and dogs I work with. Dogs learn better and faster when play is incorporated into training so it’s important to include the FUNdamentals in your training. I look forward to sharing my passion for dog training with you and watching your relationship with your dog grow while you become the leader your dog deserves!”

James C. Boothe


My name is James and here is a bit about me. In 2018 I enrolled in emergency medical technician (EMT) training with the end goal to become a paramedic. During this time, I needed a job for income in the meantime, so I began as a kennel assistant for a boarding and daycare facility in Carmel, Indiana. I enjoyed it so much that once my training was complete, I never went to work as an EMT but instead decided to advance my career with canines.

Since then, I have worked as a veterinary assistant, obedience dog trainer, gained experience in scent tracking, scent detection, puppy swim classes, canine dock diving, and dog agility. Most recently I worked as a trainer of medical alert service dogs for a non-profit organization in Indianapolis. I believe wholeheartedly in applying positive, science-based approaches to dog training in order to make training a fun and fear-free experience for both dogs and handlers.

I currently hold certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA).

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