For The Love Of Dogs
This is one of our favorite questions at Island Dog Obedience.
While our friendly companions can be our very best friends, their habits can be incredibly frustrating. Habits, like pulling on leashes, jumping on people, stealing food off the counter, and being overly aggressive can all be embarrassing and can sometimes even keep us from leaving the house for extended periods of time. If any of these sound like your pup you’ve come to the right place.
About Island Dog Obedience
We believe every dog is unique along with his or her needs. This is why we specialize in individual one-on-one dog training. Only taking up to 3 pups at a time allows us to focus specifically on your dog’s behavioral adjustments while allowing your dog to socialize and practice these new behaviors in small, supportive groups.
We are confident that, no matter what the behavioral needs of your furry friend are, we have the skills, knowledge, and experience to work with them and get you back to being the proud puppy parent you deserve to be.
“Your dog is not just a pet, it’s a loving family member that needs to be understood and sometimes, moved in the right direction.”
Maria Hagood moved from Germany to Hawaii 15 years ago to finish her MBA. She grew up with multiple strays in Bulgaria which strengthened her soft spot for rescues. She loves giving dogs a second chance and enabling them to have a better life.
Prior to starting Island Dog Obedience, she donated a majority of her time to the Hawaiian Humane Society. It wasn’t until she adopted her fur baby Valentine (a 4-year-old stray from Waimanalo) and had to train her from scratch, that she found her love for dog training.
Maria was working in corporate America but her true passion was K9s, so when the opportunity presented itself to switch careers and be a dog trainer, she decided to follow her heart. She became a certified dog trainer in Virginia as well as Hawaii and the rest is history.
Alex has had a passion for animals from a very young age. Although she grew up on the East Coast, she had long felt a call to Hawaii. After graduating from Clemson University, she moved to Hawaii to start her own dog sitting business, combining her love of animals with her love of the islands.
As her natural talent for understanding and working with animals quickly grew, her dog sitting enterprise expanded into dog training. In addition to training and helping dogs, Alex has become a parent to two rescue dogs of her own: Rango and Nana.
She is especially dedicated to helping dog owners build strong relationships with their pups, giving both dogs and owners more trust and confidence in their bond, and increasing the time and activities that owners and dogs can share together!
Born and raised on Oahu, Kehau always dreamed of working with animals. Early on, she knew that working with dogs was her calling and niche in life. She always found herself close to dogs at family events and get-togethers.
Kehau has volunteered her time at local shelters, veterinary clinics, and nonprofit rescue organizations. She has experience fostering and rehabilitating dogs, eventually rehoming them with their forever families. Kehau even started her own dog walking business. She is a mother of 3 and is married to a very supportive husband. She finds pride in showing her Ohana that they should never give up on their dreams, no matter how long it takes to reach them.
Kehau joined the Island Dog Obedience team in the summer of 2020. She wants to enhance the relationship between owners and their dogs, and help them become the best that they can be for each other.