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Strategic Paws Training LLC
Cooperation     Engagement     Learning
Connie Moss, CPDT-KA
 Owner/Head Instructor
Connie has had dogs most of her life. From Champ the wonder mutt up to today with Daisy the bloodhound. Also, there have been horses, horses and more horses, not to mention a few other critters. You could say she has an affinity for animals.

Connie is the owner and Instructor at Strategic Paws Training LLC in Stephens City, VA. She is a Certified Evaluator for Canine Good Citizen and AKC STAR Puppy Program Instructor. Also a Bronze Level Certified Trick Dog Instructor and a presenter for "Stop the 77" dog bite prevention program for preschoolers.  Connie is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) with the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She has also attended specialized training with Dr. Ian Dunbar (well known veterinary behaviorist). Connie is constantly attending webinars, seminars and always reading about and studying learning theory, dog behavior, training principles, and professional development for dog trainers.

Connie enjoys studying and training her German Shepherd Dog for the sport of Mondioring (protection sport) using reward based (positive) training methods.  She also enjoys helping people and their dogs find and accomplish goals for their personal training plans.   
About Us
We are committed to finding the perfect balance between you and your dog.  Working to provide a safe, correct, and practical approach to training.  

Our training is based in the science of dog ethology and learning theory and how it applies to dogs (remember Pavlov's dogs?).   We know through this science that training should be a positive experience for the dog, which in turn will strengthen the working relationship between owner and dog and result in both a happy dog and owner.

Strategic Paws Training is operated right here in the Winchester and Stephens City area in beautiful Virginia. We offer a selection of classes, because we believe every person and every dog deserve positive training opportunities. 

"Still can't thank you enough for the work you did with Charlie. I never thought I would get a picture like this - but so glad how things worked out!!"  Nina L. - Front Royal
Alix knew from a young age that she wanted to work with animals and make a difference in their lives. She has several years of experience working as a veterinary technician, and she currently works with explosive detection dogs. 

Alix enjoys continuing education and is constantly attending webinars and researching canine behavior, learning theory, and positive reinforcement training techniques. Alix’s own dog has peaked her interest in dogs with reactive behavior, and she has even attended a reactive rover workshop instructed by Pat Miller; she also has a blog at www.fetchformehuman.com where she chronicles her own training experiences with her dog.

 Alix is a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). Alix enjoys working with dogs and their owners to help enhance the human-animal bond and to create training protocols that makes their lives together better.
Alix Mitchell
 Instructor
"It met all my expectations and more. I feel Connie was very professional in her teaching methods, but also kept it fun."  Gail C. - Stephens City
Kimberly Smith
 Instructor
Kimberly grew up riding and training show Quarter Horses. She has always had a love and appreciation for animals, and they have always been a part of her life.

In 1990, a Keeshond puppy became her constant companion. A few years later a rescue racing Greyhound and then later a rescue Norwegian Elkhound joined the family. Selah, her second Keeshond came into her life in 2006. They discovered agility and a new chapter began.

Together with Selah they earned MACH15 Sherwood's Selah  TQX  T2B2  AD
   #1, Agility Keeshond 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016, and 2017 AKC Invitational Top Agility Keeshond.

With Sebeka her border collie they have earned MACH15 Glen Highland Tallulah Sebeka  FTC  MFC2  TQX12  T2B5  PAD
, #4 Agility Border Collie 2016
, #2 Agility Border Collie 2015
, and top Ten Border Collie 2013 & 2014.

As well as with Shyenne who is titled as Shyenne
Keepsake Dauntless Shyenne  AX  AXJ  XF  T2B.

Kimberly holds an Accounting degree and MBA and has been teaching college Business courses since 1982. Her values in learning and teaching are integral facets for her life. Kimberly continues to invest in agility training and to advance with the sport. She regularly works with a trainer, and trains and conditions her dogs. 

Kimberly believes agility is a fun activity where a unique partnership is created with your dog, whether for fun or competition. Developing this relationship with your dog is a journey.
Kimberly’s approach to dog training and agility is all about the dog, the canine partner. Her philosophy is based on clear and consistent communication. Keeping it simple, black and white. She began teaching Agility in 2014.