Metuchen, NJ dog

About Us

Liz Boucher , Founder and Owner of Paws First, LLC

Driven by my passion to help clients work on behavior, obedience, and keeping the human-animal bond strong, I use the scientifically proven methods of force-free training. I use treats, toys and games that promote learning. I encourage the use of harnesses and soft wide collars and as a supporting member of IAABC, I adhere to LIMA- Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive approach to behavior modification and training.

My skills and educational background help me bring understanding, communication, and organization to my roles as a certified dog trainer. With them, I can ensure Paws First Positive Training is successful with excellent results and a high level of satisfaction for my clients, and their pets.

I am a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), Fear Free Certified member, working on becoming an Evaluator for American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen and C.L.A.S.S. trainer, and Supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). I am currently studying to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA).

Liz’s Background

After working in the apparel industry for over 20 years, Founder and Owner of Paws First, LLC, Liz Boucher decided to leave the corporate world and follow her life’s passion to start her own pet sitting and dog walking business in June, 2009.

The idea grew from her love of animals and desire to get more involved with animal rescue in the community. As a child, Liz grew up with German Shepherds and throughout her young adult life always had cats. When she bought her first home she adopted her first border collie mix, Buddy, and fell in love with the breed. Shortly after she adopted her second border collie, Brett who inspired her fascination in animal behavior and dog training. In 2013 she received her certification in Dog Obedience from the Animal Behavior College and did all her field work with several rescues and Woodbridge Animal Shelter and Adoption Center.

She holds a certification in Professional Pet Sitting with the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and maintains membership to Pet Sitters International and National Association of Professional pet Sitters. She regularly participates in Continued Education Courses such as Red Cross Pet First Aide, Pet Nutrition, Ian Dunbar Dog Obedience and Dog Behavior, Dog Trainer Connection, Pet Professional Guild, Animal Behavior College training seminars. Over the past 10 years her business has grown incredibly with over 300 clients and 10 dog walker and pet sitters.

How Liz Spends Her Free Time

In her free time likes to give back! She sponsors Pet Food drives and donates all the proceeds to Woodbridge Animal Shelter and Edison Municipal Animal Shelter. She also volunteers with Glen Highland Farm Border Collie Rescue, helping rehabilitate dogs and finding their new forever homes. Working with organizations like Glen Highland Farms and “saving lives of these amazing animals is the absolute best feeling in my life,” say Liz. When Liz isn’t playing with her clients dogs she likes to bring her two border collie’s, Niall and Marshall, on long walks and hikes. Enjoying their funny Border Collie antics.