4PAWSACADEMY is a facility based and mobile training company focused on creating clear communication and mutual respect between dogs and their owners. Our training programs provide owners and their dogs the knowledge and skills needed to develop an enjoyable life-long partnership. All training is customized to fit you and your dog’s needs and desired goals.
Meet our team
Owner / Head Trainer
Nathan’s affinity with dogs began as a child and evolved into a career. He started his professional career in Boston about 20 years ago training pet dogs, rehabilitating aggressive dogs, working with sport dogs, and training dogs for police and military use. He decided to return to Rutland 14 years ago to bring his balanced training system back to his home town. After a few years Nathan established 4 Paws Academy and has been helping people and their dogs form extremely strong bonds built on mutual respect, clear communication, and consistency ever since. His success with owners and their dogs is well-known in the area. He has also trained his staff to a very high level of expertise, giving 4 Paws Academy its well-deserved reputation for excellence.
Kyra has been an animal lover since she was a young girl. She started down the road toward becoming a trainer when she attended training classes with Nathan Whitehorne a few years ago. After only a few classes she was sold on The Dog Wizard’s Balanced Training System and the amazing results from her own dog. After taking many obedience classes and enrolling in nosework class, Kyra was offered the chance to be a trainer for 4 Paws Academy
Lauren has been training dogs since her senior year of college. She began by working for Nathan Whitehorne at 4 Paws Academy. While there she was taught his Balanced Training System. She has since developed her dog training skills and is extremely versed in all types of dogs and behaviors . She she also enjoys canine strength and conditioning and participates in several dog activities.
Erin has been a dog lover as long as she can remember. She started working with dogs at age ten when she got her first pup. As the two of them grew up they got interested in canine sports and spent most of their time working and training together. Erin had the opportunity to work with trainers from the Purina ProPlan Performance Team and developed a great appreciation for the human canine bond. Erin is now working with her new pup using the 4 Paws Academy balanced training methods and is seeing great results. She is excited to help you achieve your obedience goals through building a great relationship with your dog.
Muffie has owned and trained German Shepherds in various methods since 1982. In 2013, she met Nathan and started training her puppy, Gretl, with him at 4 Paws Academy, using his balanced method. She has been associated with 4 Paws ever since in varying capacities, including teaching nosework. She loves being a mobile trainer and especially the private lessons where she can work one-on-one with owners and their pets to achieve their desired goals.