Ashley O’Hara has a passion for dog training acquired over the course of her entire life. From a young age Ashley attended training courses with her dogs and became increasingly interested in their learning abilities. Ashley worked for years as a paralegal in various types of law while simultaneously volunteering with a non-profit service dog organization. While working as a paralegal, she was never fully satisfied that it was what she was meant to do with her life. When discussions of PAWS Training Centers first began, Ashley had a visceral feeling that the opportunity was set in her life’s path for a reason. Ashley made the life-changing decision to leave her pursuit in the law field to fully devote to the inception of PAWS Training Centers.
Ashley immersed herself in dog training techniques using her volunteer work, training apprenticeships, personal experiences, workshops, and seminars as her foundation. Ashley counts it as one of life’s greatest blessings that she has found her dream job where work and hobbies have become intertwined. She remains focused on evolving processes and standards to continue strengthening the company. She finds it deeply rewarding to first work with clients to determine the best training options for their unique situation, watch as the training impacts the lives of both the dog and the human, and finally recognize them as a team unit in the end.
Ashley holds an associate’s degree in paralegal studies and a bachelor’s degree in business. She is a fervent supporter of dog rescues and adores all bully breeds. She and her husband Tom share their home with Sarah and Sampson, their rescued Great Pyrenees mix siblings.