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New dog training option in Horse Shoe

Updated: Mar 10, 2020

Dogs are our best friends, until they decide not to come when called, and you are already late for work.  Their rambunctious and playful attitudes are great when you are in the backyard on a nice Sunday, but not so much when you have guests over. Dog training is a lifelong pursuit for some dogs because good behavior must be reinforced.

Now one Horse Shoe entrepreneur has partnered with local dog training professionals to approach dog training in a whole new way. Derek Fox, owner of the Refined Pup in Horse Shoe, has opened a brand-new venture called The Cultured Pup. The new business is right next door to his existing grooming business. The Refined Pup, is in a newly available space in the Horse Shoe Plaza at 3754 Brevard Road, Horse Shoe.  The space has been retrofitted to provide an area for trainers to work with clients and teach classes indoors, where they can be safe from the weather and free from distractions.

The trainers in the venture are James Lyon from Ilio Canine Care, Kayren Davis from K9 Etiquette, and Jennifer King from True Connection. All three are experienced, professional, and certified trainers who use positive methods to help dogs of all ages learn new skills or reinforce old ones. The trainers also make sure the owners have the tools to continue teaching their dogs well after classes conclude.   Everything from Puppy basics to Advanced obedience classes are offered, as well as classes that prepare and test a dog for AKC’s Canine Good Citizen program.

Classes are available on weekdays, weeknights, and weekends and are limited to five dogs or fewer in order to maximize personal attention to the both the canine students and their human owners.

Fox says that the ultimate goal is to “elevate the expectations of our already dog friendly community, and have our best friends join us in as many events as possible.”

For more information on The Cultured Pup, check out their Facebook page at

Caption: The Cultured Pup trainers. L to R Kayren Davis, James Lyon, Jennifer King. Photo by Forever Friends Photography Services.


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