About Us

Tim and Dharma

Tim Mullally, Co-owner

The president and founder of A Dog’s Best Friend, Tim has been a professional dog trainer for more than 32 years. He previously served as the Corporate Training Director of a major dog training company headquartered in South Florida, supervising 20 trainers in five field offices. Tired of the consistently negative approaches to dog training, he launched A Dog’s Best Friend in 1994 with a focus on modern scientific methods. Today, A Dog’s Best Friend is South Florida’s oldest and most reputable positive dog training company.

Tim was the first Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) member in South Florida, and helped run the organization’s conferences for many years. Tim is also certified by Purdue University in Puppy Development, Problem Prevention and the Treatment of Behavior Problems, and has studied under Bob and Marian Bailey. He has also been a guest lecturer at the Animal Fanciers’ Club of Tochigi, Japan. He is a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).

Tim has created modern training programs for several humane societies and frequently consults with local and regional rescue groups. He also helped design the first three dog parks in Broward County, FL. Tim specializes in working with extreme behavior cases, including fear and aggression.

Teoti and Sawyer

Teoti Anderson, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, Co-owner

Teoti Anderson is the vice president of A Dog’s Best Friend. A professional dog trainer for more than 26 years, she is the author of The Dog Behavior Problem Solver, DogFancy Ultimate Guide to Dog Training, Animal Planet Dogs 101 Dog Training, Puppy Care and Training, The Super Simple Guide to Housetraining, Quick & Easy Crate Training and Your Outta Control Puppy.

She also is a regular columnist for Modern Dog magazine and has appeared in Southern Living, New York Times, DogFancy, Puppies USA, Whole Dog Journal and other national publications. A popular conference speaker, she has given presentations to pet owners, humane organizations and fellow trainers across the United States, and in Japan and Mexico. Teoti has extensive education and experience in working with a variety of canine issues, including serious cases of fear and aggression.

Teoti served as President of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and is a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She serves as a consultant on canine training and behavior for local and national dog rescue groups. For more than 23 years, she has also served as a therapy animal volunteer with several great dogs and one special cat.

Lourdes Lopez, Office Manager

We have a live person answering our phones -- Lourdes Lopez, who runs our office. Lourdes has been with A Dog’s Best Friend since 2018. She is a calendar wizard, juggling our schedules across six days and multiple cities. If you order from our store, Lourdes fills the order. She expertly handles the billing and bookkeeping, and all the dogs who stay here love her. Lourdes shares her home with her young son, Maverick, and two Pit Bull-Boxer mixes, Pebbles and Bam Bam.

How We Get Results

No voodoo. No nonsense. Our trainers know the science behind behavior, which leads to consistent, reliable results. A Dog’s Best Friend is South Florida’s oldest, positive dog training company. While other companies have come and gone, we’ve been here, helping families and their dogs since 1994. We could not have lasted this long without a successful track record.

When choosing a trainer for your dog, you want someone who knows what they are doing. Be aware that the dog training industry is not regulated. Anyone can call themselves a dog trainer with little to no experience whatsoever. It’s important to review credentials, education, and experience. Learn more about our team. We follow guidelines from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, and the American Association of Animal Hospitals. We adhere to the codes of ethics of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). 

We’re going to use marker training (either a clicker or verbal marker to indicate your dog did something correctly) and treats. We’re going to use praise and petting. We’re going to use clear communication for you and your dog. What we’re NOT going to do is hurt your dog in order to train him. Modern science and understanding of canine behavior have shown that using punishment-based equipment, such as prong collars and shock collars, is unnecessary. They can also make behavior worse, especially fear and aggression. 

Unfortunately, we have had many cases in which we are the third, fourth or even seventh dog trainer called in to fix a problem. By that time, the dog’s original problem has been compounded by lack of expertise, and now we have to clean up a much bigger mess of behavior. Call the right trainer the first time: A Dog’s Best Friend.

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