Meet our Certified Dog Trainers
Who we are
Michael Badial, CPDT-KA
Co-Founder | Certified Dog Trainer | Director of Behavior & Training
Michael’s love of dogs and dog behavior started in his childhood when he could be found spending hours a day with his Rottweiler/Shepherd mix, Mariah. As he traveled the neighborhood with friends, Mariah was never far behind.
While working as a meter reader in California, Michael was faced daily with dogs in yards that wanted to attack and defend their property. Wanting to be efficient and safe at his job, he learned ways to put the dogs at ease and train them to trust him.
After moving to PA in 2006, he managed a busy 200+ run dog kennel. This invaluable time spent observing dog behavior gives him incredible insight into how dogs communicate not only with each other but also with us. This began his career in dog training and sent him on the path to becoming a certified dog trainer.
Using his experience rehabilitating an aggressive Mastiff mix he inherited when he moved, Michael began a rescue dedicated to re-training aggressive dogs. It was during this time that Michael met Jamie when they worked together on a 5 month old fear-aggressive GSD that they now own together (and who is a complete love).
Michael is a Sergeant in the Army National Guard and when he is not serving his country or training dogs, he loves to play basketball, sing at the top of his lungs and spend time with the family.
In 2012, Michael and Jamie co-founded Best Paw Forward Dog Training so they could help families enjoy their dogs again. Having worked for years with rescues and shelters, they felt that they could have an even bigger impact as certified dog trainers helping families keep their dogs in their home. Michael and Jamie don’t want owners to ever feel alone or helpless when it comes to their dog’s behavior.
Jamie Badial, MBA, CPDT-KA
Co-Founder | Certified Dog Trainer | Director of Operations
Jamie has loved dogs for as long as she can remember and might even say it is a hereditary. Whenever she was visiting family or friends that had a dog, she would often be found outside playing with the dog instead of inside with the humans.
Her journey to dog training and becoming a certified dog trainer began with a German Shepherd puppy named Raven. Together, Jamie and Raven explored many different aspects of dog training taking classes in Nosework, Obedience, Rally and more.
Jamie’s favorite breed is the German Shepherd Dog and she has fostered over two dozen of them during her active rescue days which she hopes to continue once the kids are older.
Before working full time as a dog trainer, Jamie worked in Corporate Finance. Using her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and her Masters of Business Administration in Management, she is the Director of Operations and makes sure the BPF runs smoothly.
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