Colleen Demling




With over 25,000 hours and almost 15 years of HANDS ON dog training experience, Pawtopia’s founder, Colleen Demling, has vast experience in a variety of methodologies. She is a CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA and an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She is also 1 of only 2 Certified Members of IABBC in San Diego County. She trained Service Dogs for Canine Companions for Independence before starting Pawtopia in 2002. She has been a frequent contributor to  local and national media including Yahoo, The Huffington Post, Woman’s Day and many more. Colleen designed the Temperament Test for the Therapy Dog Program at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and also writes monthly articles for many local rescues and other dog related websites. She has professional associations with the International Association of Canine Professionals, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and the Animal Behavior Management Alliance. Colleen was chosen as a finalist for 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year by Women in the Pet Industry Network and Top 40 Under 40 by Pet Age Magazine. She also was recently honored as a 2015 Woman of Influence by Pet Age Magazine.