Rick Hawes, owner of Contented Canine, is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer with over ten years experience. He is a highly skilled instructor of obedience, puppy, therapy dog, and trick classes. In addition, he is a Canine Good Citizen evaluator.

Rick is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and past president of the Foundation For Pet Provided Therapy.

Rick Hawe’s takes continuing education and honing his training skills seriously. His knowledge and experience are greatly enhanced by an externship with Dr. Patrick Melese, a Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist. This alliance gives Rick access to Dr. Melese’s expertise and the opportunity to consult on some of the more specific, challenging behavioral issues that arise. Dr. Melese is available when Rick feels that referring clients to a Veterinary Behaviorist would be beneficial.