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Good boy! Amy Terceira and her dog Stanley.
* Photo supplied Good boy! Amy Terceira and her dog Stanley.

Amy Terceira’s life has gone to the dogs, but in the best possible way.

The former ad agency rep has started Dog Gone Good, a mobile full service dog grooming and training business.

Ms Terceira told the Bermuda Sun: “One of my goals was to start my own business, so I tinkered with a few different ideas and decided that I wanted my work to be one of my passions. I grew up with dogs and horses and have always had a love and appreciation for animals, so working with them made sense. Off I went to get my qualifications and start my business plan!”

“This is definitely my passion. I’ve always lived with animals. I just thought it would be great to have a job that I’m passionate about.”

In addition to training, mobile grooming services include: bathing; high velocity drying; breed standard and pet trims;  hand stripping and nail and ear care.

Amy achieved her City & Guild Level 3 dog stylist qualification in London and participated in dog training and behaviour courses with Sarah Whitehead of the Clever Dog Company. She then went on to launch Hot Dogs Toilettage in Paris, France that offered mobile grooming and positive reinforcement training in both French and English.

She said the training side of Dog Gone Good uses positive reinforcement, a force-free method based on science. Clients have the option of one-on-one training sessions or training without the owner present, in which case the owner will be shown what their dog has learned and how to maintain it.

Ms Terceira said: “Through positive reinforcement training you are more likely to keep the desired behaviours as opposed to utilizing aversives (something the dog does not like).”

Dog Gone Good specializes in the following areas of training: Basic obedience training; Puppy training; Introducing a new dog to your home; Introducing the family dog to a new baby; Behaviour modification (separation anxiety, resource guarding, aggression/fear, biting, excessive barking, etc.); Teaching children over the age of 5 to train the family dog; Nutrition evaluation (diet often affects behaviour and the right diet can lower vet bills); and Socialisation through use of social groups and training.