Core Values


Our Mission

It is the mission of Pups To Pooches Dog Training to serve dog owners and dogs in the way that we have been served and helped. Our passion for training is driven in part by the desire to prevent dogs from ending up in shelters or, as in Jasper’s case, abandoned on the street at 6 weeks of age. It is our goal to help owners prevent unwanted behaviors from ever developing. To this end, we encourage and foster responsible ownership, early training, and healthy owner-canine relationships.​

About Pups 2 Pooches

Our Story

Ann’s journey toward becoming a dog trainer began when she lost her best friend, White GSD, Cody prematurely to cancer in April, 2009. Through a series of events following this, Ann found herself on the path leading to becoming a dog trainer. The catalyst for heading down this path, was the adoption of an 8 week old GSD mix in June, 2009.  Ann realized soon that she was way in over her head. She sought professional help immediately and was determined to not fail her new puppy, Jasper, who is now 9 years old. Jasper became Ann’s greatest teacher: reactive to dogs and cars (plus other rolling things), fearful, little impulse control; but oh so cute and lovable. In the summer of 2010, while volunteering daily at Dekalb Animal Services, a second GSD mix entered Ann’s life. Libby came home with soon to be discovered separation issues and a high desire to be busy all the time.  She was the type of dog who would become “self-employed” if not given a job to do. She became Ann’s other significant teacher. From there on, dog training became a necessity and a way of life.  Classes, Private Lessons, Nose Work, Agility, and Sheep Herding became a regular part of life for Ann and her dogs. From there the path led to apprenticeship, school, more volunteer work, and ultimately to the founding of Pups To Pooches Dog Training, and certification at a professional level.

Quality Work

Integrity, dedication & quality work –three things you will always find when you visit Pups2Pooches Dog Training.


Ann D. Lewis, MA, CPDT-KA, CCDT holds dual certification in the dog training profession. The CPDT-KA letters which follow Ann’s name show that she has met all the requirements of the Certification Counsel for Professional Dog Trainers to become a fully Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed. The CCDT letters show that Ann graduated from CATCH Canine Trainers Academy earning the title of CATCH Certified Dog Trainer. In addition, Ann has recently been chosen by CATCH Canine Trainers Academy to be featured as one of their “success stories

Over the years, Ann has studied extensively on topics such as “how dogs think and learn” (Learning Theory), as well as ethology.  She understands the principles of classical and operant conditioning and knows how to apply these in dog training and behavior modification.

From July, 2011-March 2012, Ann apprenticed and assisted at Canine Ph.D Dog Training in Atlanta, GA under the mentorship of Meredith Minkin, CDBC, CPDT-KA. Meredith is a master trainer who has studied under some of the world’s leading dog trainers and behavior experts. Meredith also mentored Ann during her time as a student of CATCH Canine Trainer’s Academy.

Ann has been a volunteer at Dekalb Animal Services and, most recently, PAWS Atlanta.
In the summer of 2013, Ann volunteered heavily for Canine Cellmates, a Fulton County “jail dog" program that was launched June 3rd, 2013.
Ann founded Pups To Pooches, LLC in February of 2012 and has been assisting owners with their dogs for six years.
Ann is a “Professional Member” of the APDT: Association of Professional Dog Trainers
Ann is a “Supporting Member” of the IAABC: International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
Ann is an AKC S.T.A.R Puppy and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
Ann is a graduate of Hamline University, Saint Paul, MN and earned her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She holds a B.A. in French and an M.A. in Russian. She is a certified teaching professional who has been teaching French to elementary school children, grades K-5, for 26 years in the public school system.