About Us


Frank Verni, CMDT, is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, International Association of Canine Professionals, National K-9 dog Trainers Association, The K-9 Circle, & the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce. Frank is a Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator for the A.K.C. He is also father of two daughters, Diana and Julia.

Best Paw’s “Balance Training” is geared toward preventing or alleviating behavior problems in family pets. Working with each dog individually by going to our client’s homes, we are able to address the important issues in the pet’s real home environment! Serving Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Morrisville, and Southwest Raleigh. Also offering group classes in Holly Springs.

Having attended the National K-9 Learning Center, Frank has earned the title of Certified Master Dog Trainer. This education qualify Best Paw to train for obedience, behavior problems, police work, search & rescue, and handicapped assistance. However, our special area of interest is family pets!


Frank Verni has been training dogs since 1996. As the trusted name in dog training we are highly recommended by many vets, groomers, rescue groups, business owners and clients. We are proud of the reputation we’ve developed, and intend to maintain the same high standards for all of our clients!


In addition to our training skills and experience, there is another important aspect. Clients, animals, and their families are always treated with respect and professionalism. Phone calls are handled in a courteous, informative manner with no high pressure sales techniques. When a message is left for us, calls are returned promptly. Clients are always encouraged to phone in between lessons if they have questions, and we take pride in being on time for appointments.


We enjoy being involved in our community! Members of the Holly Springs, Apex, and Fuquay-Varina Chambers of Commerce, we’re doing our best to be valued members of the business, family, and school communities!

We participate regularly in annual community festivals and charitable events, including: Holly Springs Dog Day in the Park, Teacher Appreciation Luncheons, the MS Pooch Parade, a multitude of community events and numerous rescue organization fund raisers. On a volunteer basis, Frank Verni performs pet safety demonstrations at Cub/Girl Scout meetings and local schools. Free or reduced price training is often provided for rescue organizations to improve adoptability, maintain placement, or evaluate dogs, and we even have an annual scholarship program where we grant one free dog training program!

We are dog trainers because we truly care about dogs and people. By preventing or alleviating behavior problems, more people are able to keep and enjoy their pets. Less animals end up being passed from home to home, winding up in shelters, or even worse. In addition to training, we educate our clients on the importance of spay/neutering, keeping up with vaccines, licensing, & more. Our clients are encouraged to adopt their pets from shelters or rescue groups. Those considering a breeder are educated on what to look for in a reputable breeder. There is always a 10% discount for training any dog that has been rescued.

For a more complete list of Best Paw Forward’s community involvement, please visit our News & Events page and scroll down toward the bottom.

Other Experience

Frank Verni has been interviewed as a professional in various media including NBC-17, Cary News, Oprah Magazine and Southbay News.

Frank Verni has been consulted on several occasions to provide behavioral evaluations and testimony as an expert in his field in dog-related legal cases. Many veterinarians, rescue organizations, and pet professionals turn to him for expert behavioral evaluations when needed.


Frank Verni and his staff truly care about dogs and their families and look forward to having the opportunity to teach many more to put their Best Paw Forward! We hope that you will put your trust in us by having us train your dog! Referring your friends, family, clients and associates will be greatly appreciated as well. Please feel free to phone our office any time to discuss your concerns and get to know us! We sincerely thank you for taking the time to review this information!