Dog Walker at the Park

The P.E.T. Impact Philosophy

Experienced. Compassionate.  Innovative.  Vet, Rescue and client Recommended.

At The P.E.T. Impact, I help pet clients and their human friends make the most of their relationship.  Each animal is different, and I will work with you and your pet to provide guidance that creates long lasting change. Whether you have a new pet, already have a pet needing a refresher or with behavioral challenges, I am here for support.

What separates my skills from other trainers is my focus on treating the dog as a whole. I do not only address the dog’s behavior, this only addresses the outcome.  In meeting dogs’ emotional and mental needs, behavioral challenges improve because we are changing the process that delivered that undesirable outcome! THIS is where we see improvement that lasts without having to continually command or direct a dog. 

I believe it’s never too late to teach a pet (and its owner) new behaviors. My tailor-made services are designed with you and your pet in mind to ensure results. I believe in working as much with you as with your pet. My goal is to provide long-lasting impact through expert training.

Training goals are based on what you want the dog to learn, and we meet those goals while respecting the dog’s individual nature, preferences, abilities, and needs.

My background in social work, child care and teaching which gives me strong and unique skills to work with families as well as with dogs using socialization in preventing or addressing unwanted behaviors, building appropriate social skills and influencing unwanted behaviors in our dogs.  I love to teach kids kind and safe pet care!  

Contact me for peace of mind and professional service.

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MEET YOUR TRAINER - Suzanne Cardiff

  • CPDT-KA certification - Certified Professional Dog Trainer - knowledge assessed, by the The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. [ CCPDT]

  • 1 of 2 active trainers with this certification in St. Johns County!

  • AKC Canine Good Citizen programs evaluator [CGC, S.T.A.R. Puppy, Community Canine, Urban CGC, Trick dog tests]

  • Active member as a canine training professional of the The Pet Professional Guild.

  • Active member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). 

  • Dog training, walking and pet sitting insured

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I have been involved with rescues and shelter environments since 2005 in various roles as volunteer and staff.  There have been many project dogs I have taken on voluntarily labeled "harder to adopt" or "unadoptable" with challenging behaviors.  I created a Canine Life Skills Program where I teach them important skills to prepare them for adoption with a focus on meeting all their mental, emotional, physical and social needs through real life training and find them the right adoption match.  This has sparked my special interest in socialization for dogs.  Not just with other dogs or humans, but with their world.  I believe this interaction is the greatest teacher and reward for them to learn their role in our human world. 

For 6 years I worked in wildlife rescue & rehabilitation and sea turtle habitat conservation efforts locally. 
Additionally I have completed an A.S. degree in Management, and a B.S. degree in Public Administration from Flagler College​.

I currently have 1 dog, a 12 year shihtzu who has PTSD, IVDD AND CHF.  She has been my greatest teacher and I have had to learn everything I can about dogs with trauma, managing biters, and alternative therapies, which have been invaluable tool for us over conventional medicine. Reiki has been a game changer for her behavior and I recommend it often for dogs with extreme behaviors.  I too was a desperate pet parent at one time, searching for training help with my behaviorally challenged pup. 

Teaching with compassion and fear free training has helped address significant fear emotions and her behaviors became more manageable.   She has overcome many obstacles and has enjoyed a high quality life for many years with me.   

Our little family currently also consists of 3 cats I rescued; Daisy, Uno & Phoenix.  My experience and knowledge of cat behavior is imperative in accurately assessing the interactions of dogs and cats.