Kim currently works full time in the health insurance industry and was a student at One Smart Dog with her youngest Lab Maui. She has put much work in with Maui, passing the CGC exam and currently prepping to take the therapy dog test. Maui and Kim visit the residents at Maplewood in Orange once a month as part of a therapy dog training group team at One Smart Dog.  She owns three labs Haley, Murphy, and Maui.  She is married to husband Gregg and has two daughters.  One who is an aspiring hair dresser and one who is off to college. With both girls grown Kim had some free time on her hands and decided that she would like to pursue a part-time career in training dogs.

Kim started an apprenticeship with Dawn in the Fall of 2015 in hopes to learn more about dog behavior and the science behind the methods used at One Smart Dog.   Kim will be working towards her CPDT-KA certification along the way.   Kim completed her apprenticeship at the end of 2016 and is an assistant to Dawn teaching both classes and conducting private lessons.

Meet the Trainers

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Dawn Lowery is a graduate of Animal Behavior College, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer , CPDT-KA, through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, CCPDT #112514, an Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants IAABC,  a Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers APDT #73715, an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator #40284, a therapy dog evaluator with K9 to 5 National Therapy Dog Registry, an Animal Behavior College and CATCH Academy mentor trainer, a professional member of the Pet Professional Guild,  and a former Animal Control Officer.

Providing the most effective, helpful solutions to her clients’ dog training needs, Dawn enthusiastically pursues ongoing continuing education and professional growth by attending several seminars and conferences per year and keeping current on all up-to-date information in the dog training industry.   When not helping families enjoy easier lives with their canine companions, Dawn volunteers with the Boston Terrier Rescue of CT and teaches Dog First Aid and CPR classes for her local Red Cross.  Dawn has been featured in the New Haven Register, the Connecticut Post, and has been a guest on the show Pet Talk with Lauren Collier,  News Channel 12.   She lives with her husband Patrick, inspiration dog Manny , and her rescue dog Carbo.  Both brindle and white Boston Terriers.  Dawn’s goal is to help families with dogs live a rewarding life together!

Stephanie Buehler, Group Class Instructor

Kim Wisniewski, Assistant Trainer

Stephanie has been working with One Smart Dog since 2013. She did an apprenticeship with Dawn for 1 year while assisting and filling in as an instructor for multiple classes. Stephanie has one dog Milo a German Shepherd who she started in Puppy class at OSD and worked with Milo to achieve his Canine Good Citizen title. We saw her natural ability to train dogs and asked if she would be interested in doing an apprenticeship with us. Stephanie also has a cat at home named Allie. She is a wife and mom of two children Isabelle and Lincoln. Prior to her meeting her husband Adam , Stephanie owned Gertie a lab mix that she rehabbed.

Additionally, Stephanie works full time for an insurance company in the area. Stephanie has dedicated many hours at OSD to further her knowledge and be the best instructor she can be.
Stephanie brings a great work ethic, a natural ability to train dogs, and her great way with people to the One Smart Dog Family.

​Dawn Lowery,  CPDT-KA, ACDBC, Head Trainer, Owner, One Smart Dog, LLC and her Boston Terriers Carbo and Manny

Positive Reinforcement:
Training Your Dog with Treats and Praise

We all like to be praised rather than punished. The same is true for your dog, and that’s the theory behind positive reinforcement. Positive reinforcement means giving your pet something pleasant or rewarding immediately after they do something you want them to do. Because your praise or reward makes them more likely to repeat that behavior in the future, it is one of your most powerful tools for shaping or changing your dog’s behavior.

Types of Instruction


  • Behavior Consultations
  • Basic Obedience-Offered in Private and Group Classes
  • Day Training Programs
  • Intermediate and Advanced Obedience
  • Specialty Classes
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Testing
  • Therapy dog classes and Testing
  • Puppy and breed selection for new pet parents

865 River Road, Shelton, CT 06484