We started out small, with a passion for dogs, and the only thing that has changed is our size!
Starting out as one of the only dog trainers in the Bay Area specializing in rehabilitating aggressive and fearful dogs….working out of her home/garage in Aromas, CA… our founder had a vision. A vision of a rehabilitation facility where good dogs could go to become great, AND where people needing boarding and daycare could feel safe knowing their dogs were in the care of professionals. Since our humble beginning in 2005, we have grown to our 16,000 square foot pet resort, for ALL dogs, with outdoor yards, a complete dog training center, and a staff that cares for our clients’ dogs as if they were their own.
Our mission is simple: We provide outstanding care for our clients’ dogs, and strive to be better every day. We believe strongly in a concept called Constant and Never Ending Improvement, and we truly live and breathe this. We have not stopped learning since we first opened, and we suspect we never will! We believe in continuing education for our staff, and have been able to develop what we consider a real Dream Team.
The Dog House Inn, from our inception, has strongly believed in providing a safe place for dog rescue groups to place foster dogs. We have a strong foster program, and are proud that we have helped get over 100 dogs placed in forever homes! We also have some resident dogs, that we call our Positive Pack, who are our main greeters and evaluators for new client dogs.
Chief of Dog Wranglin’
Sherry is the founder of Dog Behavior Rehab and The Dog House Inn. She has been working with troubled dogs since 2002, helping rehabilitate physical problems with swim therapy, which led to intense study in dog behavior and this amazing journey into the world of dog. In January of 2007 she began to realize that her house had been taken over by her training clients’ dogs for holiday boarding, and thus The Dog House Inn was born!
Sherry is also a business consultant and speaker in the pet care industry. She is a Certified PetTech Pet Saver, Certified Force-Free and E-Touch Trainer, Certified Canine Kinaesthetics Practitioner, a graduate of Michael Ellis’ School for Obedience Trainers, and a Professional Member of The International Association of Canine Professionals, and happens to be fluent in Japanese. Sherry lives with a full household of dogs (Nala, Daisy and Abby), a reluctant cat, and the love of her life, Steve and his son. It is a happy bunch!
Manager, Daycare and Boarding Operations
Dawn Marie McCowan
Dawn is a lifelong animal lover. She grew up with 6 dogs and 5 cats, and all of them got along! She moved to Gilroy 9 years ago, and loves it here. Dawn is certified in Pet First Aid, and has been with The Dog House Inn since the beginning. We would not be able do it without her. Dawn’s devotion to the care of the dogs is outstanding, and shows in all that she does. Dawn says “I love my job. I’ve never had a job like it. It’s hard work, but it’s fun and I don’t go home stressed out at night. I actually look forward to coming in to work!” Dawn makes her home with her beloved husband Ron, and they share their home with Angus, Rusty, Shabon and Tilly, all dogs that were fostered at The Dog House Inn through All Creatures Great and Small. Dawn is indispensable to our operations.