Welcome to

"Les Pawtounes"

 Your Premier Dog and Puppy Coaching and Training

  In French, Patounes means "paws"

Les Pawtounes Pet Care and Wellness brings a full suite of first class pet services from Basic Obedience to Leash Training, Behavior Modification, Hiking and occasional Board and Train in beautiful Southern California and the Bay Area.  We also are very excited to offer Pet Selection Counseling. 

Our unique approach to training coupled with a special connection with dogs delivers real results, fast.  

We press the reset button on your dog and provide you with the tool kits you need for staying on track to change bad mannered dogs into well-behaved pets.

We enjoy teaching high levels of play and engagement, as well as building strong behavioral foundations in dogs of all ages. We also recognize that not all dogs have the same level of motivation, so every dog/handler team deserves an individual training program.  The total end result is a better equipped dog parent with the best version of their dog. 

Our sessions will achieve in a few hours what may take other trainers months.   

No wonder her clients call her the "Puppy Whisperer" 


My Story


My name is Nathalie,  I live in Santa Monica with my family, which includes a beloved shepherd mix, Charlie- and I am a pet fitness and wellness aficionada.

I was born and raised in the beautiful Champagne-Ardennes region in Northeastern France where horses, sheep, cows, cats and dogs are a part of everyday life.  At a very young age, I learned how to take care of animals, and  how to play and communicate with them. It started with Minnie, our family black sweet and smart poodle who patiently mentored me with agility training sessions, let me help her give birth and care for her puppies, to riding and training  horses, and later on, helping my family with their pet sitting/training business in Provence. 

I came to the US to study and graduated with an MBA in international business from Loyola Marymount University and went on to build a successful career in the skin care industry, a small derail from my initial dream of veterinary studies, but I became a strong advocate against animal testing to promote cruelty-free and safe products and even developed a natural pet cleansing line for a celebrity hair dresser/animal activist. In the meanwhile, I raised 3 beautiful children, 3 adorable cats and, you guessed it, 3 smart dogs.

For the past 10 years, in addition to my career,  I have been helping pet guardians understand and train their dogs in ways that respect and nourish the canine-human bond.   I noticed people needed help as they were not achieving success with the generic training methods and that's when I decided to share my love, connection and experience with dogs. 

My clients come from all walks of life.

from age 4 to 90, from families to

celebrities, retired veterans, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ community, 

All dog people are my people!   

I speak French and Spanish and serve the Latino and French community in their native language as sometimes families want to train their dogs in those languages.

I hope to meet you and your lovely paws soon.


Training and Coaching- for your dog

(and for you) 

Looking for the Pawfect Doggy?

Are you looking for :

  • Puppy training

  • General obedience training

  • Maintenance training

  • Loose leash training

  • Behavior modification

  • Dog-to-Dog Introductions

  • Safety Around Children and Babies

  • Dog selection counseling/ Matchmaking

You just got a new puppy or adopted an adult dog and need to kick off basic skills ? 

Does your adult dog need maintenance training?  Do you find yourself too busy to maintain their training ? 

Get in touch so we can discuss the details and I can meet your furry friend.

We bring you the experience, patience, passion and respect when you want to ensure your dog gets the training they need. 

We have experience with:

  • All breeds of dogs (pure and mixed)

  • All sized dogs

  • All ages from seven weeks to seniors

  • Adopted, rescue/shelter, and therapy dogs


Puppy Training and Management

It's a new puppy!

Our puppy training works on focusing attention and developing self control while addressing annoying puppy habits like biting, jumping, and playing rough. With puppy training and management, you let a  professional do the hard work and you stay involved enough to keep up with the conditioning and carry the torch once the training is completed.



Just adopted a dog who missed out on life socialization, or recently got a new COVID-19 puppy and stayed cooped up during the confinement AND were told to keep them away from other dogs until they had all their shots and you've now missed their early socialization window?
I help previously under- or unsocialized dogs get more comfortable in the world, get ready for a new baby or a new pet,. I use behavioral- science based methods customized to your dog very carefully.  I  may start a counter-conditioning training plan, to address the emotional response and kick off alternative behaviors.  I will walk you through the steps for desensitization and counter-conditioning, and most likely change the environment where this behavior is occurring.   I help address any anxiety or reactivity with natural remedies and soothing aids. We are not talking about a jar of Nutella.

Behavior adjustment

If they could all be pawfect

Regardless of your dog type, age or behavior issues, each of my services is customized specifically for your dog. I enjoy providing clarity on the many training strategies and will select the one that works the best specifically for your dog. 

Do you need to curb that incessant barking or the excessive jumping on visitors who walk in your door?  Is your dog reactive on walks?

Here is why I am very unique: 

  • I am very patient (with both humans and dogs)

  • Use proven behavioral and science-based positive reinforcement and balanced techniques

  • My experience ranges from working with dogs of all sizes, ages, and behavior challenges 

  • I love dogs and very easily develop a trusting bond with them. 

Get in touch today with any questions about how I can help 


Happy Nap Guaranteed

Does you dog simply need a refreshing mid day walk, or maybe even a little run to burn some excess energy?  I will be happy to ensure your pets get the fitness activity best suited for them. My fitness program includes walking, hiking and running, and the occasional wave splashing and allows you to make sure your pet is well taken care of and has the energy release needed for optimum health. I offer this for all sizes and breeds Reserve my time and relax knowing your pet is in the best possible hands and is having the best time and staying healthy. Long nap guaranteed!

Pet Selection Counseling

Selecting the right dog for you

Welcoming a dog in your family is a major event, often very emotionally charged.   

One of the most common mistakes when adopting a dog is to select one based on the look rather than the personality. Your next furry best friend may live with you for the next decade or more, so this isn’t a decision that you want to rush into. Some planning and research will help reduce your chances of disappointment and heartache later on. This is why we offer this service to prepare you to be the best pawrent and get the best dog match for you.

if you already own a dog or if this is your first time, it is always a good idea to think through the decision to add another dog to your family and to do a little research and find out which dog is best for your family so that you are as prepared as possible. 

Nothing is more adorable than a wriggly little puppy, but the puppy isn’t always going to be quite so cuddly! Dogs come with a significant degree of responsibility and becoming dog owner is a major commitment of time and finances.

I will accompany you to help guide the selection of your next dog so I help you avoid a potentially costly mistake.

The commitment you are making is one that will last for many years.

No matter whether you decide on adopting from a shelter or a breeder, or rehoming a friend's dog, some dogs are better suited to fit your lifestyle than others. 

Puppy consultations include:      
Before You Pick Your Pup: 
-Help selecting the right breed, personality, and individual for your family.     
-Assistance puppy-proofing your home and yard

After Puppy Comes Home:
-Potty training plan 
-Basic socialization and training plan 


Would you like to join the ranks of satisfied Les Pawtounes  customers? Continue reading to see what my clients have to say about their experiences.

For more reviews check out our Google and Yelp pages. 


Nathalie has been so incredibly helpful with our new golden retriever puppy! My husband and I don't have a ton of experience with dogs, let alone puppies, and Nathalie has been instrumental in our dog's training. At 4 months, our puppy knows her name, can walk well on a leash, sit and shake, all thanks to Nathalie's help. We completely trust Nathalie with our dog and are so grateful for all that she's done for us. Highly recommended!

Cate H. (Leia's mom)

Santa Monica, CA