canine cabanaBoyette Springs resident, Sue Denihan, didn’t have to look far when she was in the market for dog training classes for Teddy, her very precocious one-year-old dog who she jokes should have been named Brutus.

Denihan had been extremely satisfied with Canine Cabana, whose lodging services she had been using occasionally for her older dog, Ace, for more than five years.

“When I drop him off at Canine Cabana and he is excited to get in the building, that’s the sign of a great place,” she said.

And since Canine Cabana also offers private training, it made sense to sign Teddy up for its five-day Cabana Manners program.

At the end of the session Denihan wasn’t sure who was being trained; herself or Teddy.

“The classes were as much about training the owner as they were about training the dog,” said Denihan, who couldn’t be happier that Teddy now greets people politely and has leash manners. “I have been very pleased with the results.”

Canine Cabana’s owners, Kendall Duncan and Angela Frazier, both trained zookeepers, have more than 30 years of hands-on training and animal behavior knowledge.

“We focus on positive and consistent techniques that will give you the tools necessary to have a well-mannered dog,” said Frazier.

Canine Cabana now offers group training classes where a safe and fun environment is fostered while dogs learn to sit, proper leash manners, polite greetings, door manners and fun tricks. Pet owners build a special bond with their dog while learning to speak the same language. Potty training programs are also offered.

“People don’t want a perfect dog but they want a good dog and a family companion and we help with that,” said Duncan.

Canine Cabana, located at 9708 Carr Rd. in Riverview, also offers dog daycare and lodging services with large indoor climate-controlled play areas and more than a half-acre of beautiful outdoor shaded play areas.

For more information about Canine Cabana or to sign up for an upcoming class, call 672-9663 or visit


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MIchelle Caceres has been writing for the Osprey Observer for seventeen years. She enjoys writing human interest pieces about inspiring members of the community who are working to better our community. She lives in FishHawk Ranch with her husband and recently became an empty-nester. When not writing, Michelle is serving her church community, reading and enjoying Florida's weather.