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Our team brings extensive training knowledge combined with our unconditional love for all dogs. We collectively work towards helping you establish the best possible partnership between you and your dog, as well as giving your dog the best possible life.

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    Steve Bunce

    Founder & Co-Owner

    Steve is the founder and co-owner of Domestic Dog Training. He is also Cortney's husband. Steve has been a dog enthusiast since before he could walk. Growing up, he had 3 dogs who followed him everywhere as he taught them commands and unknowingly started his journey towards becoming a professional dog trainer. Steve earned his Certified Professional Dog Trainer certification through National K-9 School for Dog Trainers. With this certification he is able to train dogs in multiple different areas such as basic/advanced obedience, behavior modification, breed identification, puppy development, personal protection and assistance dogs, to name a few.

    Outside of Domestic Dog Training, Steve is a life-long musician. He is known to pick up his guitar or sit down at the piano whenever the moment strikes. But, at the end of the day, dog training is his calling and it is hard to pull him away. (Trust us, we try.)

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    Cortney Penta

    Co-Owner & Manager

    Cortney is co-owner and manager of Domestic Dog Training, and is also Steve's wife. Cortney has been a dog lover and dog owner for her entire life. She has a background in Special Education, as well as music and fitness, but the decision to partner with Steve in the building of Domestic Dog Training was an easy one. Who doesn't want to work and play with dogs all day?

    Outside of Domestic Dog Training, Cortney continues to pursue her passion for fitness as a Personal Trainer, while also spending her free time training for triathlons. When she is not training herself or others, she can be found hiking, running, or aggressively snuggling with Hawk and Savannah, the two dogs of the Bunce/Penta family.

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    Kevin Larsen

    Trainer

    Kevin is a Certified Professional Trainer with extensive experience working with animals. Kevin grew up in Ohio and was active in his local 4H raising cattle and pigs and showing them at county fairs. Kevin has been passionate about dogs his entire life. Just ask his parents who are currently living with multiple stray dogs Kevin has brought home over the years. Interested in learning more about dog training, Kevin attended the National K9 School for Dog Trainers in 2019 with a rescue dog named Beck. During the course, Kevin took Beck from an uncontrollable rescue to a fully trained service dog, also earning certifications in basic/advanced obedience, personal protection, behavior modification and scent detection.

    When not training dogs, Kevin spends as much time as possible enjoying the great outdoors of New England.

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    Hawk

    Front Desk Greeter / Doggy Vacuum Cleaner

    Steve and Cortney adopted Hawk in May of 2020 and couldn't be happier with him. He was in need of a home after swallowing a stuffed animal at 6 months old, (hence the doggy vacuum cleaner), and undergoing major surgery that the owner couldn't afford. After a local trainer decided he was not fit to be a working dog because he was "too friendly", we ended up with him!

    Now, you will most likely see Hawk greeting customers around the property, playing fetch, or still trying to eat everything and anything in sight, (it's a work in progress). If this giant, scar-faced dog is running at you, don't worry, he is indeed "too friendly".

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    Savannah

    The OD (original dog)

    The OD (original dog). The MB (Main B****). Girly, wormy, too many nicknames to count. This Catahoula Leopard Dog is the dog that started it all! Steve and Cortney got this sassy #catawhat from a local shelter and immediately struggled with training. We were in the same position most people are when they call us, thinking "Is this dog untrainable?!". We soon found out, no she is not. While she is still the same sassy girl we got years ago, she has come a long way and we don't know what we would do with out her.

    Now, you will most likely see Savannah... well, you probably won't see her because she loves to lounge in bed. When she is not in bed she loves going for hikes or runs, chasing chipmunks and moles, and going to Grammy and Grampy's where obedience and commands don't exist, and it is the land of endless cheese.

Facility Overview
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On June 1st Domestic Dog Training will be moving to Moonlite Kennels in Tilton, NH. This facility consists of a 7-acre plot of land with 30 I/O dog runs, a 30 foot by 40 foot finished and heated barn for training, and a big pond for the dogs to frolic in and around. This move is a huge improvement from our 1000 square foot, one-acre home. Dogs will have a lot more room to stretch their legs and most importantly, learn. Over the years to come we plan on making this a oasis for dogs to learn and feel comfortable.

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