Paul Emerson, CPDT-KA
Certified Trainer and Behavioral Consultant
APDT Professional Member 2198
AKC CGC Evaluator 5148
Bridget Desroches, CPDT-KA
APDT Professional Member 62405
AKC CGC Evaluator 5108
Certified Dog Trainers
introduction to dogs came in 1977 when he purchased his first Bernese Mountain Dog, Mon Plaisir’s Sundowner a/k/a Buck. Since that time Paul, along with his wife Mary, has bred, raised, shown, trained and loved several generations of Bernese under the kennel name Ursli.
Paul began training professionally in 1991 when he joined the instructing staff at Gemini Dog Training. Until founding Family Dog Training in 2008, he was a Senior Instructor and Director of the Pet Dog Training Program. He was one of the first trainers to achieve the status of Certified Professional Dog Trainer when the exam was first offered in September 2001. This certification requires that he actively participate in continuing education to constantly update his knowledge and skills. Paul has spoken both at national dog shows and locally on canine behavior and successful companion dog ownership.
He is a Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, former President of the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Nashoba Valley (covering the New England states), past Rescue Chair of the BMDCNV, and former (and very first) Draft Work Chairman for the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America. Paul is currently the Training Resource Chair for the BMDCNV and a long-time Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America Draft Judge. Paul is an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen evaluator and a member of Truly Dog Friendly, a national organization promoting non-violent, dog friendly training methods.
Paul shares his teaching duties between his business, Family Dog Training based in Hudson, Massachusetts, and private training and behavior consultations in the New England region. He also teaches at the MSPCA shelter at Nevins Farm in Methuen, Massachusetts.
“I feel that professional trainers have an obligation to establish relationships with their local shelters and humane societies. Making shelter dogs more adoptable and helping them succeed in their new homes is critical work to the welfare of these dogs and their families.”
has always been passionate about animals. So much so that she earned a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science from University of Massachusetts in 1997. Bridget began training dogs professionally when she joined the staff at Gemini Dog Training in 2001. After completing the required hours (300) of apprenticeship and teaching, she tested and earned her certification as a professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA) in 2007. In the fall of 2008, she co-founded Family Dog Training with Paul Emerson.
Bridget has a diverse training background. She has participated in training in agility, flyball, competition obedience, canine disc sport (Frisbee) and drive-ball. Since 2002, Bridget has performed at local events as a member of the Blue Dog Group Extreme Canine Disc Frisbee Team with her Border Collies, Zydeco and Gromit. You might have seen the Blue Dog Group at Pet Rock, Paws in the Park, Wachusett Mountain events, or at the Lowell Spinners games!
Bridget is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen evaluator. She is also a member of Truly Dog Friendly, a national organization promoting non-violent, dog friendly training methods.
Bridget continues to hone her handling and training skill at opportunities both locally and regionally. For example, she has attended seminars presented by nationally known experts such as: Carolyn Barney (founder of DOGS! Learning Center), Ray Coppinger, Karen Pryor (Clicker Expo), Kathy Sdao, Pia Silvani and Sue Sternberg as part of maintaining her CPDT-KA certification,.
“I am truly passionate about people and their dogs. I get tremendous satisfaction from assisting families in having a wonderful dog ownership experience. The key to success is the understanding that the critical relationship between people and their dogs can only be fostered with patience and trust, not by intimidation or violence.”
has been working with animals in different capacities for her entire life. Her formal dog training work started in the beginning of 2010 when she began to assist Paul’s training classes two days a week in addition to shadowing and assisting other instructors and attending multiple training seminars. She is currently working towards earning the teaching hours necessary to become certified as a professional dog trainer. Her favorite part of training is seeing the bond and understanding between people and their dogs become stronger. Her own dog, Maya, has taken several upper-level classes and is currently learning Treibball.
is a third generation resident of Stow. Her local roots run deep, as does her devotion to her family—both human and canine. She is the mother of four grown children, and an elementary school teacher. When not teaching fourth grade or working with her dogs, she spends as much time as possible with her grandson and working in her flower and vegetable gardens.
Pam has two black labs (Bella and Barclay), a German pointer/hound mix (Indi) and a French bulldog/Boston terrier mix (Sheldon). Three of the four are rescues and she is committed to encouraging people to consider adoption when looking for a family pet.
Pam was introduced to clicker training when she took a class at Family Dog Training shortly after it opened. Now she is pleased to be helping other dog owners train using clickers and positive reinforcement methods.
- KPA Certified Training Partner (karenpryoracademy.com)
- Family Paws Parent Education licensed presenter (familypaws.com)
- AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator #90392
- APDT Professional Member #82548