Michael and Jamie Badial

Husband and wife team Michael and Jamie Badial own and operate Best Paw Forward in Chalfont, Penn.

Originally from California, Michael learned a lot about dog behavior while working as a meter reader, which he applied to his work managing a 200+ dog kennel in Pennsylvania. While working there, Michael founded and operated a rescue focused on the training and safe rehoming of dogs with aggression, as well as started his career training dog owners.

With years of experience fostering German shepherds, and with a particular interest in adolescent dogs who showed fearful and reactive behavior, Jamie joined Michael’s rescue after a mutual friend suggested her for fostering a young fearful GSD that Michael and Jamie now call their own.

In 2012, Michael and Jamie created Best Paw Forward to combine their individual efforts of bringing quality behavior training to pet dog owners in their area.

In addition to being a CPDT-KA, and when he isn’t training people and their dogs, Michael is a sergeant in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Jamie is also a CPDT-KA and holds a bachelor’s of science in accounting along with an MBA in management — knowledge that has helped develop systems and processes to quickly grow their dog training business.

Michael and Jamie run a facebook group called Marketing and Business for R+ Dog Pros that focuses on teaching other dog trainers how to price, package and sell their services to turn their love of dog training into a full-time sustainable career.

Michael and Jamie’s workshops

Instructor

Jamie and Michael Badial

Scheduled

Sept. 22, 2019
Section 8: Electives
In this workshop, we’ll talk about what to consider when starting out on your own. We’ll discuss choosing the right name, branding, determining your services and setting up your processes and procedures.

Instructor

Jamie and Michael Badial

Scheduled

Sept. 22, 2019

Instructor

Jamie and Michael Badial

Scheduled

October 2019
Section 8: Electives
This workshop will lay a roadmap for trainers to safely handle aggression cases. We will explore some dog body language and how best to identify when a dog is about to bite as well as how to avoid getting bitten. This course also will take a look at how to avoid incriminating yourself should something go wrong.

Instructor

Jamie and Michael Badial

Scheduled

October 2019

Instructor

Jamie and Michael Badial

Scheduled

December 2019
Section 8: Electives
In this workshop, we’ll cover how best to determine your service area, program offerings and prices. With customer service as our guiding principle, we’ll work out the best client communication flow, scheduling and follow up to ensure you are getting paid on time and building a community of raving fans.

Instructor

Jamie and Michael Badial

Scheduled

December 2019

Instructor

Jamie and Michael Badial

Scheduled

2020
Section 8: Electives
In this workshop, we’ll discuss the various options of social media and how to determine which platform is right for your business, as well as how to use those platforms to connect with potential clients and grow your impact.

Instructor

Jamie and Michael Badial

Scheduled

2020