About Us

A family photo, pre-Indi.Force Free Fido

Force Free Fido is committed to using humane, science-based training methods to help dogs and their humans communicate. We believe there is nothing stronger than the power of properly-applied positive reinforcement.

We know that having an untrained dog can be stressful, but the training process doesn’t have to be.

Our core curriculum is structured as a series of teaching games. Your dog is your teammate as you play your way to comfortable loose-leash walks, impulse control, household manners and obedience skills.

Best of all, our owner-focused curriculum is designed to teach you real-world dog training skills that you can use outside the classroom.  Learn how to teach new behaviors, build good habits, set your dog up for success, and take your dog’s current skills to the next level.  Once you understand how behavior works, you can use that knowledge to tackle the behaviors at the top of your priority list, rather than being confined to the behaviors taught in class.

We serve clients in Concord and Kannapolis.

Force Free Fido: Natalie and her dog Haven on a hikeMeet the Trainer

A lifelong passion for animals led Natalie to begin training dogs professionally in 2009. She strongly believes in the power of positive reinforcement and she strives to make dog training a fun experience for humans and dogs alike.

In addition to her work as a trainer, Natalie has worked at a dog daycare, a boarding kennel and pet stores. She currently volunteers as a trainer with a group for people with disabilities who are training their own service dogs. She is also training her own service dog prospect, Independence the sheltie.

Force Free Fido is a full member of the Pet Professional Guild and proudly follows its guiding principles.  Natalie is Pet First Aid and CPR certified through the Red Cross. She is pursuing a reputable national training certification in late 2015.

When she’s not entertaining and educating canines, Natalie enjoys learning new hobbies and crafts, writing fantasy novels and geeking out over the science of behavior.


Force Free Fido: Full Member of the Pet Professional Guild