First Paw Forward has been having fun with dogs since we opened in 2010

born in Australia, lead trainer Sophia is an artist and somatic coach who also operates EmbodiedSound.Co with her partner Mike. 

  • Mentor Trainer at C.A.T.C.H. Academy (professional dog trainer school)
  • Volunteer professional trainer/behavior consultant for SEVA GRREAT (Golden Retriever rescue of SE Virginia)
  • Red Cross Pet First Aid Training Certification
  • experienced breeder at Frantone Golden Retrievers
  • Usui Reiki Master
  • Karuna Reiki Practitioner II
  • Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, yoga teacher, movement specialist