Bryony likes to refer to herself as a "recovering attorney." After running her own successful law practice in Denver, Colorado for over 5 years, Bryony decided that she needed a change of pace when moving with her husband back to the east coast. Leaving her law practice in the competent hands of her partner, Bryony set out down the road of dog training and opening a top-quality pet services business, Sandy Paws, LLC. In love with dogs and cats, and craving to be outside and physically active (practicing law didn't leave much time for either of these), working with dogs along the CT shoreline presented itself as the perfect answer.
Bryony knew that she wanted to pursue dog training while volunteering at a local shelter. She has the good fortune to mentor under an incredibly educated and experienced behaviorist who showed her how much can be done to work with dogs on behavioral issues, and how far basic manners training went to help dogs stay in their forever homes and for families to live happily with their new canines. She was sold. Bryony committed to proper training through Catch Canine Trainers Academy, and then went on to study through the Karen Pryor Academy. She continues to attend continuing education programming and is working towards becoming a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Association for Professional Dog Trainers.
When not adventuring with her fur clients, Bryony stays busy at home with her husband, Jose, their one-year-old daughter Sofia and their four crazy fur babies: two orange and white rescued kitties, Nugget and Neko, and two rescued pups: Luna, a lab mix rescued from the Dumb Friends League in Denver, CO and Lily, a pit/terrier mix rescued from The Bully Project in New York, NY. Bryony has volunteered extensively with animal rescues, including in New York and Colorado, and now in Connecticut through the Connecticut Humane Society.