Good dogs come from the heart of dixie
About The Trainer
Hi, I'm Ken Lebowitz. I've been training dogs since 2015. I retired from a career in the US Army in 2016. I'm a family man, and we live in a small community called Babbie right in between Andalusia and Opp. We have a pack of nine dogs, crazy, I know. I got into dog training as a therapy to help cope with the rigors of military service.
I figured out that I had a knack for training and found a mentor to train under while I was still on active duty. As time progressed I became a part time employee for my mentor and then eventually started on my own after I had retired from the military.
Aside from learning from a mentor I have attended and graduated from the Obedience Trainer Course at Custom Canine Unlimited LLC. I have taken the Dog Emotion and Cognition course by Duke University and the Master Course - Aggression in Dogs. As well as attending training seminars.
My goal is to help you have the family dog of your dreams!
Dogs are individuals, and that's why our training is not cookie cutter. They each have their own unique traits and mannerisms, and therefore require their own unique and specialized training. Not every breed of dog is the same and not every dog within a breed is the same. That’s where I come in!
I am a balanced trainer that implements the LIMA principle (Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive) into my training. I use positive reinforcement but also balanced training methods and when needed training tools. I believe that a dog should make good decisions but understand a consequence when bad decisions are made. Then through leadership with clear consistent communication teach the dog to make better choices.
Whether it’s for basic manners or more complex behavioral issues, I am focused on not only training your pet, but teaching you how to effectively communicate with them. My method of training is a simple and easy process that will give you and your pet a happier life together.
I tailor a program specific to each client and dog to ensure that you have lasting results. It starts with the information you provide me when you fill out the training evaluation inquiry form. Once I have the information I will call to speak to you on the phone about the next steps for training.
Which most likely is an evaluation of your dog and to discuss with you in-depth about the information you have provided. I do not treat every dog and situation as if they are the same.
I can help you with...
- Obedience and Socialization
- Off Leash Training
- Leash Walking Problems
- Behavioral Issues
- Aggression Issues
My 5 mo old Loki was trained by Tarah. She is very professional and extremely friendly. I so enjoyed get coming to our home to help me with my GSD puppy. Her knowledge of dogs in general was apparent. Heart of Dixies owner Ken is a very great personal trainer as well. If any body is looking for some of the best. Look no farther. Heart of Dixie Dog Training is the best and very reasonably priced. Best trainers any where.
We took our 8 month old German Shepard, Denver, to Ken for private lessons to learn basic obedience training. Ken done an awesome job with him, and also with training us on how to continue training Denver so he want lose what be had learned from him. I now know what to do in order to keep up everything that is needed to have a well trained obedient dog. We have just completed our training, and Denver is doing great! Thanks Ken and for the Awesome training!
I reached out to Ken because I was concerned about my middle-aged, large dogs acclimating to the changing dynamic of my household with an on-the-go toddler. Ken's training methods are effective and efficient--I see a significant difference in just a few weeks. My dogs are calmer, have learned a set of commands, and there is harmony in the household! My especially anxious dog, Opie, is more playful and confident. I look forward to working with Ken again in the future for intermediate-level training. My dogs have come a long way, and the command exercises have been a great way to connect and bond with my dogs. I feel empowered with a set of lessons that I can practice and perfect with my dogs as we graduate to the next level! Thank you, Ken and Heart of Dixie Dog Training!
Ken has been absolutely amazing to work with. I have 4 pitbulls that started showing signs of aggression. After a few huge altercation, I reached out to Ken desperately seeking help with dog aggression. He jumped in and immediately came to the house and helped us with the situation. He agreed to board and train two of them and left us with all the tools and knowledge to train the other two. We now have peace and harmony back in our house. All 4 dogs are very well behaved and constantly learning better behaviors thanks to Ken!! He is great at what he does, and extremely knowledgeable! I highly recommend Heart of Dixie Dog training!!
We had the best experience learning to train our new puppy. After 13 years with our only other dog, we had forgotten how important training would be. We also forgot the beginning steps to help our pup. Heart of Dixie was amazing with teaching our family the correct steps to incorporate training into our daily lives. Ken was flexible and adaptable to our family. He helped our children and the adults learn the beginning steps to puppy training.
We started with a baby crying, acting out, and unsure of which name was hers. Today, we have an effective recall command, sit, place, eating schedule, crating with confidence and so much more. The list grows with my pup’s maturity. Most importantly, I have a family confident in using commands in a positive and effective manner. Our dogs (senior dog and puppy) have bonded and we have less chaos in our home.
We would highly recommend Heart of Dixie training!!!!
a few Testimonials from satisfied clients
Serving these cities and their surrounding areas
Andalusia, AL - Opp, AL - Elba, AL - Brantley, AL - River Falls, AL - Red Level, AL - Brewton, AL - Evergreen, AL - Greenville, AL - Monroeville, AL - Luverne, AL - Troy, AL - Elba, AL - Enterprise, AL - Fort Rucker, AL - Daleville, AL - Ozark, AL - Dothan, AL, Geneva, AL, Florala, AL