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A little About Us

Gentle Touch Pet Training has been serving the Central Coast for more than 20 years. Gentle Touch was founded in 1999 by Teah Anders, author of Click ‘n Connect: Training your Dog – A Lifelong Journey.

All basic dog training is based on the tenets of Clicker Training, a gentle approach using a marker signal and positive reinforcement to shape your dog’s behaviors (the same way marine mammals are trained). Additionally, all of our agility and nose work classes are taught through positive reinforcement.


Our Nonprofits

Your Business Funds Our Nonprofit Programs

Thousand Hills Pet Resort & Gentle Touch Pet Training are programs of Son Care Foundation, Inc., which is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization. All profits made from Thousand Hills Pet Resort & Gentle Touch Pet Training go to support our other nonprofit programs, including New Life K9s and Alpha Academy. Your pet's daycare, boarding, grooming, and training help our mission of fostering hope, empowering and saving lives through practical mentorship and the healing power of the human-canine bond!


You can learn more about Son Care Foundation by visiting

A New Life recipient and her service dog

New Life K9s

New Life K9s provides service dogs to veterans and first responders with PTSD at no cost to them. New Life K9s believes in the healing power of the human-canine bond.

An Alpha Academy student and a mentor

Alpha Academy

Alpha Academy is a Christian-based mentoring program designed to give students a break from their regular life and guide them toward a better path.

A first responder and his service dog

Mission Cars

Mission Cars accepts donated vehicles from individuals and community partners. They then fix the vehicles and sell them at an affordable rate. All of the money from the cars sold, goes to New Life K9s and other SLO County nonprofits.

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