Here’s a little bit about us, what we do, and why we do it.
The Aloha Philosophy
The word ‘Aloha’ is commonly used in Hawaii for greetings and farewells, but it also carries deeper meanings that include watchfulness, patience, honesty, and working with others in a compassionate way. We strive to include these values in all we do for our canine and human clients. So it’s no surprise that we train and interact with our guest dogs using only force-free methods rooted in the latest understanding of dog behavior. We want you and your dog to enjoy the training process as much as you enjoy its results, and to know your dog is treated like Ohana (family) when staying with us.
Meet Karen Kaua, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, CAP 1
- CPDT-KA: Certified Professional Dog Trainer Knowledge Assessed from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT)
- KPA-CTP: Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
- CAP 1: Competency Assessment Program designation
- APDT: Association of Professional Dog Trainers professional member
- AKC: American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen and STAR Puppy program evaluator
- CLASS: Canine Life and Social Skills evaluator
- FSDS: Foundation for Service Dog Support evaluator
- Be A Tree dog & child safety presenter
Why I Do It:
I’m a bit of a continuing education nut. I love to learn and I want my clients to experience the best possible training results—and to know their dog is safe and happy when staying with us. I’ve been training for over 20 years now, and I still get a thrill from the difference training can make. There’s just nothing better than the Aloha moment when everything comes together—when your dog realizes what’s expected, when you see him change, when you’re finally on the same page together.
Meet Art Kaua
If you’ve been wondering about the whole Aloha thing, I grew up in Hawaii. As a boy, I lived with 27 poi dogs. Poi is basically Hawaiian for mutt, and 27 wasn’t a typo. That’s a lot of dogs, I know, but it definitely prepared me well for running a boarding facility. At this point, over 20 years in, it’s hard to imagine life not surrounded by dogs. Could there be a better way to live? I doubt it.
The Aloha Story
What do you expect when you combine a Hawaiian boy who grew up surrounded by dogs and a small-town girl who passed the time reading story books to her pony?
Though it was probably inevitable, the idea for Aloha came in 1993. Art had been working as a ranch foreman, and I’d been grooming dogs for 10 years. We were both involved in the show dog circuit, and noticed how important daily exercise and attention were to the well-being of the show dogs.
We started thinking that all dogs should be treated this way, and Aloha was born—a boarding and training facility where every dog gets at least two walks a day plus lots of personal attention.
The Aloha Facility
To realize these goals, we’ve built a place that’s pretty different from a typical kennel. We’ve placed the emphasis on the outdoor spaces—safe, secure play yards for one-on-one exercise and group play in a beautiful Sierra Foothills setting. And we keep dogs busy during their downtimes, too, with fun treats like stuffed Kongs, chews, and puzzle toys so no one gets bored.