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Is your dog fearful or aggressive? Does he/she have issues with housebreaking, barking, or other bad manners? These are all things that we can help you with! Read on to find out more about Valerie and how she can help you.

Valerie Broadway is "The Canine Coach."


"Coach" Valerie has been working with animals most of her life.  At the age of 15 she began volunteering at a no kill animal shelter. She volunteered there for 4 years.  After graduating from High School Valerie completed the Veterinary Medical Technology program at Central Carolina Community College.  Valerie worked at several veterinary hospitals; her favorite being an emergency clinic. 


In the mid 1980s Valerie re-organized the Chatham Humane Society (now called Chatham Animal Rescue and Education).  She served as either President or a member of the Board for nearly 15 years.  Valerie has rescued and fostered dogs and cats for most of her life.  She gained a reputation for her work with difficult animals, transforming them into loving pets. 


In addition to volunteer work, Valerie spent 20 years working in the biotech industry.  The first 10 years making human pediatric vaccines and the second 10 years training personnel.  During the last few years of her biotech career Valerie started dog training part-time on weekends. 

Valerie and her dog, Harley.

When the economy crashed, the company Valerie worked for had major layoffs and in 2008 she lost her job.  This became the opportunity for Valerie to take Canine Coaching Services LLC to full-time status.  It has been a dream come true to be able to follow her passion every day.


Valerie is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.  She feels it is important to be open to learning new techniques and concepts.  The APDT offers access to a network of dog trainers from all over the world.  In addition, seminars, information, and products of the highest level are available to APDT members. 


Valerie has attended workshops, lectures, and seminars given by world famous and highly respected dog trainers/behaviorists, such as; John Rogerson, Pamela Reid, Ian Dunbar, Barbara Sherman, Suzanne Clothier, Colleen Pelar, Brenda Aloff, and Temple Grandin.


Canine Coaching Services LLC utilizes the many years of Valerie's experience, her past and continuing education in addition to the assistance of her family members including their 8 dogs and 6 cats. This enables Canine Coaching Services LLC to be incredibly effective in helping people and their pets live together better.  

Valerie with her daughters, Amanda and Chay; and Amanda's dogs, Pip and Cassie.


Frequently Asked Questions


Here is where you can find answers to some of the questions that we are frequently asked. If you can't find the answer you are looking for here, please send us an email! Remember that although the things discussed on this page are applicable to many situations, each situation is unique and may require some tailoring to fit your specific needs. 



01. How long does a typical coaching session last?


Most coaching sessions last 2 to 2.5 hours. It depends on the number of dogs being worked during the session and the severity of the issues, as well as how many family members participate.  


02. How does vacation training work?


Vacation training is when a dog comes to stay with us for training. This may be necessary when it's the owner is going out of town, doesn't have the time or resources to complete the necessary training, or the dog has particularly severe issues that need to be handled. Depending on the amount of training needed, dogs typically stay from one week to three weeks. At the end of the stay the dog is returned to your home with a coaching session. 


03. What are some common issues you help with?


The most common behavioral issues are all tied to anxiety and under-socialization. There are a variety of ways that dogs exhibit this. They may be very fearful or aggressive (towards humans, other animals, or a variety of other things), have house-breaking issues or separation anxiety. Equally as often are requests to help will general manners such as jumping up on people, poor leash manners, stealing food from the table or counters, ignoring commands, or barking too much. 


04. What forms of payment do you take?


We take cash, checks, and Paypal. Checks should be made payable to Canine Coaching Services LLC. Payments via Paypal should be sent to 919-542-4726. 


05. Do you offer discounts and/or payment plan options?


Yes! We offer discounts to official animal rescue groups and shelters. Payment plan arrangements must be made when scheduling coaching sessions or vacation training. 

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