Better Obedience through Kindness, Understanding & Science

Friends for Life; Holistic Pet Training LLC BBB Business Review

"Natalie is an excellent trainer. She is intuitive, caring, intelligent, and professional. She trained our Border Collie, Gus, and our little Aussie, Starr. She did an outstanding job training both of our dogs. We enjoyed working with her because she was able to communicate well with our dogs in a gentle and effective way. It was important to us to learn along with our dogs so we could followup on what they were learning from Natalie. With Natalie's style of training we were able to do that successfully. We highly recommend Friends for Life! And so do Gus and Starr!"

~Lester D.

"Friends for life has a gentle and effective approach to training dogs and teaching owners"

~Klaw B.

"Best darn trainers on the mountain!"

~Susan D.

"Very caring training techniques."

~Patti L.

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Our Trainer/Counselors


Natalie Hawkins CPDT-KA

Owner/ Certified FFLHPT Trainer

"I am a, positive methods' trainer, I don't subscribe to techniques that require pain, fear, or intimidation to get

results. I use methods that inspire, encourage, and teach self control. I want my dogs to do something for me because they

want to, not because they are afraid not to. "


By acknowledging each individual pet, owner and home as the unique situations that they are, Natalie helps you better understand your dog. Her goal is to help teach your dog self control by using a series of commands that incorporate voice, body and energy to train. She has helped hundreds of dog and their owners with all types of behavioral issues as well as training for basic and advanced obedience. She has an in depth knowledge of canine behavior, Natural, and homeopathic foods and supplements and Bach Flower Remedies.
Over 15 years of working as a professional dog trainer
15+ years of working as a Veterinary Technician
4 years as a volunteer Dog Trainer for 4-H
6 years of Dog Training for Evergreen Park&Rec
Member of IMHS Business Partnership
Professional Member IACP since 2006
AKC Evaluator

By acknowledging each individual pet, owner and home as the unique situations that they are, Natalie helps you better understand your dog. Her goal is to help you teach your dog to live in harmony with your family by using the ever evolving world of behavioral science, and easy to follow guidelines. She has helped thousands of dogs and their owners with all types of behavioral problems from simple issues to severe aggressive behaviors. She strives to change not only how we teach our dogs, but also how we understand and communicate with them. Natalie wants your dog to work for you out of love and respect based on a lasting bond of mutual trust, instead of fear and intimidation.

  Natalie has been offering all levels of training for all ages of students human and canine alike, she encourages the entire family to participate in every lesson with their dog. She has an in depth knowledge of canine behavior, Natural, and homeopathic foods, supplements and Bach Flower Remedies.



Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed

Currently Providing Training Classes for Evergreen Park & Recreation

17+ years as a Professional Dog Trainer

15+ years as a Veterinary Technician (Large and Small Animals)

4 years as a Volunteer Dog Trainer for 4-H

Voted Top 10 on Denver 'A' List 2017

Voted Top 20 on Denver 'A' List 2016



  Jenn Cunningham/ Certified FFLHPT Dog Trainer  

Like so many of us in the pet industry Jenn grew up around animals and has spent her life caring for and working with them. Her extensive experience gained through Veterinary Hospitals, Kennels, Shelters and Ranches gave her all the knowledge and understanding to make a great dog trainer. She has been assisting Natalie Hawkins for over 3 years here at Friends for Life and hopes to attain her own CPDT-KA shortly. Jenn is a quick study, very patient, loves working with dogs and their people. Her respect for the dog/owner relationship and teaching style make her a perfect fit. Not to mention, with her degree in Graphic Design and talent as a Fine Artist! Jenn brings color and beauty with her creativity and passion to our business. She creates beautiful logos to accentuate our Company that makes us truly stand out from the crowd!

Jenn has two dogs, Tatortot and Wyatt, and a big handsome kitty, Shamus.

When not training dogs, Jenn can be found in her studio painting!

Take a look at her Art HERE!

Eon Hawkins - FFLHPT Dog Trainer

Eon has grown up with dogs, he loves all animals and has a unique way with them. Eon is patient, kind, and understanding. Graduated in 2017, he is located in Papillion, Nebraska and will be available to help clients who are interested in puppy basics, obedience, and problem solving. Eon has studied with Friends for Life for several years, he has assisted in group and private classes. An outstanding instructor, Eon is approachable and knowledgeable.

Friends for Life supports the rescue of animals by extending

a discount to all adopted pets. 


“Helping you and your pet become, Friends for Life!” 

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or call 720-272-1668

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