The Business of the Year awards program celebrates independent pet businesses for excellence and entrepreneurial success. Finalists were selected in 11 categories: Aquatic Retailer, Boarding/Pet Day Care Facility, Natural Products, Pet Retailer – over 5 million, Pet Retailer – under 5 million, Philanthropic Programs, Reptile Retailer, Social Media Campaign, Training Facility, Veterinary Office and Website.
Finalists and winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges including: Caitlyn Bolton, Pet Industry Sustainability Coalition, Cathy Calliotte, PIJAC, Laurie Johnson, Executive Director, Florida Little Dog Rescue, John Mack, Reptiles by Mack and Les Wilson, Cobalt International Inc.
The Business of the Year finalists will be profiled and the Gold, Silver and Bronze winner in each category will be revealed in the awards publication inserted in the August issue of Pet Age.
For more information about the Pet Age Business the Year awards program and to see a complete list of finalists, please visit www.petage.com.
About Colleen Demling: With over 9000 hours and 12 years of HANDS ON dog training experience, Pawtopia’s founder, Colleen Demling, has vast experience in a variety of methodologies. She is a CPDT-KA as well as an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She trained Service Dogs for Canine Companions for several years before starting Pawtopia. She has been featured in the local media and published in numerous national magazines including EPregnancy and Prevention. She designed the Temperament Test for the Therapy Dog Program at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and also writes monthly articles for many local rescues and other dog related websites. She has professional associations with the International Association of Canine Professionals and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.
About Pawtopia Dog Training: Pawtopia uses our dog training expertise & knowledge of different methodologies to develop personalized training programs for you and your pup. We offer group classes and private training throughout San Diego County. For more on Pawtopia visit http://pawtopia.com/