providing safe, convenient training for your bestie


meet alison – certified & experienced Dog trainer

Alison Schaefer, CPDT-KA, ABCDT, is the owner of Progress 4 Paws, located in Largo, FL, and recently relocated from California. Alison grew up in Buffalo, NY, discovering her love for dogs working at a dog daycare and boarding facility. She’s worked with all different breeds and temperaments, and understands how dogs use body language to communicate. Alison earned her bachelor’s degree in integrative biology before making her move to California. Here she earned dog training certifications through Animal Behavior College (ABCDT) and the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). Alison is an advocate for rescue dogs and responsible breeders ( Encouraging clients to write down why they want a dog and do breed/lifestyle research before deciding on one. Her rescue dog Charlie taught her the importance of appreciating and working with the dog in front of you. Charlie came to her very fearful and dog reactive.Today he accompanies Alison on private and group sessions as a demo dog and competes in Scent Work ( Her goal is to bridge the gap of communication between people and their dogs and help create a positive and lasting relationship. Alison is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), Dog Trainers Alliance of Southern California (DTASC), and an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She attends classes and seminars to continue her education on the most up to date modern science based training methods.

I care about your dog

Hi, welcome to my website. Thanks for taking the time to consider my services. I love dogs, I love all animals, and I have dedicated my life to helping pet owners build better relationships with their furry friends. I would love an opportunity to help you with your dog, connecting people and pets is what I believe I do best.

Get in Touch By Phone Or email

If you're looking for a quality dog trainer, one that cares about your pet, give us a call. We are here to help you and your dog connect. We service Largo, Clearwater, Belleair, Belleair Bluffs, Harbor Bluffs, St. Petersburg, Seminole, Tampa, as well as all of Pinellas County, FL.  Please contact us with any questions you may have.


(716) 949-5425