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Visions & Values

We train with trust

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High Drive Dogs Trained With High Drive Work

These breeds, and others like them, need work to do. With daily field trips, a three acre farm, and an on-site agility course, our dogs have outlets for their high energy to make their behavior constructive and not destructive.

A Next Generation Approach to Dog Training

Tools have improved, research is better, and the outdated ways to train dogs has been given a makeover. Next Gen ACS is constantly evolving to make sure it incorporates the best-of-the-best to ensure all our behavior modifications in our dogs have the best chance of success.

Dogs Get Comfortable to Uncomfortable Situations

Exposing the dogs to real-life situations such as coffee shops, walks in crowded areas, and being handled by multiple trainers allows for dogs to gain confidence. Dogs thrive on structure and predictability, so tearing down their barriers and points of fear helps them thrive.

Understand the Breed. Understand the Individual.

Next Gen ACS is diligent in setting up plans that not only has the needs of the breed in mind, but we also understand that every dog has its own individual personality that needs to be approached in a specific way. Daily notes and records are kept on each dog so we can track progress and determine where pivots in the training process need to be made.

Alumni Are Part of the Family Forever

The relationship between us and the dog and its owner doesn’t end when the dog goes home or training ends. Next Gen ACS has affordable refresher courses every month, group classes and alumni-exclusive gatherings and events. Dogs aren’t robots. Tune ups are needed and we’re here to help.

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Love (and Train) Dogs Like They’re Our Own

To date, more than 100 dogs have gone through our program. But the one dog that sits in front of us in need of help is where our focus is. There’s nothing we would do with each dog that we wouldn’t be comfortable doing on our own dog. Every dog we work with gets our passion and focus.

Next Gen Aussies Collies & Shepherds was founded in 2021 by Devon MacDonald. Having owned and worked with mostly these breeds her entire adult life, Devon felt there were nuances in training them that were different from the general dog population. Much of the curriculum and training will be tailored specifically to these dogs, although we do work with other breeds. Whether it’s learning a cool trick, teaching them agility course work, or how to herd sheep but not children, Next Gen ACS combines technology, tools, and trainers that understand these breeds to make this possible.

Devon MacDonald

Next Gen ACS Founder

Devon is a passionate dog lover with five years of experience training dogs and their pet parents. She has worked with numerous well known dog training establishments such as Lori Hamilton's Dog Training and Devinek9s. Over the last two years she ran her own dog training business (South County K9 Training). She specializes in; obedience, advance obedience, trick training, agility, leash reactivity, anxiety around people, and dog aggression. Her knowledge for specific breeds (Aussies, Collies, and Shepherds) gave way to build Next Gen ACS.

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Lead Trainer

Elly was dog-obsessed as a kid. She’s always loved them and grew up with a golden retriever named Samson. She worked with dogs at a dog daycare for years, as well as dog walking and dog sitting. After testing the waters with a couple different college majors (nursing, psychology, elementary education), she took the leap to pursue something she was truly passionate about-dog training. She has been working for Next Gen ACS since spring of 2021. She loves working with breeds like Aussies, collies, and shepherds and helping them find their confidence. Her best friend is her Aussie named Dakota, who loves welcoming friends into the Next Gen ACS pack.

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