Who We Are

Happy Dogs & Happy Owners Happen Here

Hello and welcome to The Fundamental Dog, where we are dedicated to helping dogs and their people build relationships based on trust and understanding.

At The Fundamental Dog, you and your dog will discover how much fun training can be – for both ends of the leash. Even troubling behavior issues can be addressed with positive dog training. Whether you’re looking for obedience training, puppy classes, or behavior modification, we’re here to help – at our place or yours.

Our Team of Instructors

Marie Devaney Conyers

Owner and Trainer

My goal for The Fundamental Dog is to improve the lives of dogs and their people, with compassion for both. For over 20 years, I’ve studied with leading experts in positive-reinforcement dog training, and I find great joy in sharing that knowledge with others.

As a volunteer with two national rescue groups (first Aussies, then Springers), I’ve fostered well over one hundred dogs – and they have been my best teachers! I’ve also taught dogs in shelters, provided training to shelter adopters and volunteers, and counseled foster parents and adopters around the country. We have been offering group classes and private training at our training studio near The Woodlands since 2011.

As a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, I completed an intensive education and was required to demonstrate a high level of skill in training dogs as well as teaching dog owners. This certification requires ongoing review of my work and annual continuing education. I’m also a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

LAURA ALVAREY

Puppy & Basic Classes

Laura is a Certified Training Partner of the Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Behavior and Training. She has worked as a veterinary technician in both a US Army Veterinary Treatment Facility and a county-run animal shelter. Laura has fostered dozens of dogs in her home (learning from each experience!) and has been a volunteer with Abandoned Animal Rescue in Tomball.

Laura lives in Cypress with her husband and two children, dogs Ella and Henry, a cat named Peanut, and a rat named Fauna. Laura loves meeting new people and dogs in her classes at The Fundamental Dog. She speaks French and German.

Judy Walter

Agility, Tricks, Flyball
Judy has been involved in flyball since 1999, achieving the Flyball Grand Champion (FGDCh) title with three dogs! She has also received Flyball Master (FM) with one dog.

Judy has also been training for agility since 2000, and has numerous agility titles with her dogs, including ADCh Platinum, MACh2, and Lifetime Achievement Gold.

All of Judy’s dogs are personal rescues or rescues adopted from Border Collie Rescue Texas. Judy is a sensitive, observant and kind trainer who believes totally in positive reinforcement training. Judy lives in Tomball with her four dogs and frequently, a foster dog or two.

Sharon Shoemaker

Puppy & Basic Classes
Sharon is a Certified Training Partner of the Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Behavior and Training, where she graduated with distinction with her standard poodle, Noah. Sherry has assisted in the training of dogs for over 15 years, and currently has a private obedience training business based in the Katy area.

Sharon will sometimes be found at The Fundamental Dog instructing our Puppy Classes or Basic Manners groups, when she can take time out from seeing her own clients, cooking for her church, baking fabulous cakes, or enjoying home life with her husband, her dad, and two lucky dogs.

Are We A Good Match For You?

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Good Family Companion

You want your dog to be a family companion who lives inside your home

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Happy Dog
You want your dog to be happy and obedient
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Engaged Owner
You want to participate in your dog’s training
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Positive Reinforcement
You want to learn and use positive reinforcement methods
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Compassionate Trainer
You want a trainer who will teach with compassion for you and for your dog
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Positive Reinforcement
You want to learn and use positive reinforcement methods
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Compassionate Trainer
You want a trainer who will teach with compassion for you and for your dog

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