For The Love Of Dogs

“Are you walking your dog or is your dog walking you?”

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.

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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.

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“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.”

About Maria

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.

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About Kehau

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.

About Chad

Chad was born and raised on Oahu and has always had a connection with animals. Growing up with 2 dogs and 6 cats, animals were always a part of the family. Adopting strays, rescuing birds, and finding homes for rescues.

Chad is a small business owner who has been an entrepreneur since he was a kid. From selling lanyards and POGs at his Fathers shop to accounting, floral design, and now Distribution, he found his passion with dog training.

Family has always been the most important part of Chad’s life and with 3 kids and 2 dogs, he knows the importance of the relationship between owner and pet. Forming a bond between your pets and the entire family makes them an important part of the family.

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About Brandon

Brandon was born in Washington State, but soon after moved to Europe where he spent his childhood growing up between Italy and Germany.

Living between Italy and Germany, Brandon has had many encounters with stray puppies and animals and has always wished to work with animals. After working with at-risk youth on the mainland, he had an opportunity to do something similar on Oahu but with pups and knew he couldn’t pass up on the opportunity!

About Chantelle

Chantelle Sylva was raised on the Big Island, where she grew up on a ranch in Waimea. Surrounded by working animals from a young age, she has embraced a wealth of knowledge regarding animal communication. Chantelle moved to Oahu 8 years ago in search of what truly made her happy.

She immediately went back to her first love, dogs! She worked in animal medicine for four years, but when she adopted her two German shepherd huskies (Yoda and Bear), she knew that dog training was what she loved above all else. She started sharing her knowledge about dogs with the people around her and was amazed by the positive impact it had on not only the dog’s life but also the human’s life.

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About Kristi

Kristi was born and raised in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, and from childhood, she has always had an affinity for nature and animals, with a special interest in marine life.  She fostered her love of animals with a variety of pets (including a golden retriever named “Peaches”) and local neighborhood wildlife, and she realized she was keenly interested in animal behavior. This led her to obtain a degree in zoology so that she could pursue her childhood dream of working with marine mammals.
She landed her first job in Hawaii, where she immediately fell in love with the lifestyle, culture, and beauty that makes Hawaii so special. After working with marine mammals for 15 years, she hung up the wetsuit to work with dogs in the film industry. It was action-packed but Kristi knew her true strengths were more tuned to behavior modification and helping owners and pets live their best lives together. When she’s not training, she’s often spending time with her dog, Chex, and her parrots, or enjoying various ocean sports.

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