Our Trainer - Tanya Lim


Tanya is a licensed educator and presenter for the Family Paws® Parent Education (FPPE). FPPE is the parent organization of two Internationally-licensed programs: Dogs & Storks® and Dogs & Toddlers™, which aim to provide specialized support for expecting and new families with dogs to help establish a safe and harmonious relationship between babies/toddlers and the family dog(s) in the home. As such, Tanya provides both group presentations and private support for these families.

We are proud to announce that our private support for expecting families service, dubbed our Doggy Doula℠ service, was recently selected for a Best of Denver 2019 award by Westword Magazine. Colorado Parent Magazine also named our service as a featured selection in the "Unique Services For Pets" section of their April 2019 issue, which was dedicated to providing parents in Colorado with helpful information about pets and the services that cater to them.

Tanya is also certified in Professional Dog Training Skills by the State-Approved Dog Trainer School: CATCH Canine Trainers Academy. All CATCH courses are also approved by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT) for continuing education units. Tanya is currently preparing for the CPDT-KA examination herself.

In addition, Tanya is certified in Dog Trainer Foundations by the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior. During the course she has mastered the fundamentals of force-free training and clicker training, allowing her to be proficient in the mechanical skills needed to use this technology effectively.

Tanya has been working with pets professionally since 2013, when she founded Play Pals - a highly personalized dog walking & cat sitting services company in London and in New York City (as featured in the Denver Post). During the past 6 years, she acquired extensive experience and knowledge by regularly working with over 200 clients and their pets, consisting of a wide variety of breeds, personalities, and histories.

Currently, Tanya volunteers a portion of her time as a dog trainer at the Humane Society of South Platte Valley.

Tanya believes in using only positive training techniques as a powerful tool for building strong and lasting dog-owner relationships. The use of force-free training methods make her sessions fun and enjoyable for both her dog and human clients.


Our Philosophy

We use positive, dog-friendly and science-based training techniques. Using positive reinforcement and a clicker as a training tool means that you are capturing, shaping & rewarding the behaviors you like while ignoring and redirecting the behaviors you do not like. You will learn how to use different rewards to teach your dog new behaviors. It is easy and fun for both dog and human alike, and once the basic learning patterns are mastered, you can teach your pup countless behaviors, making your days fun and active.


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