Camilla Gray-Nelson, The Dog Talk Diva

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I was born on a dairy farm in Petaluma, CA, my father an Irish immigrant and my mother the daughter of a local blacksmith-turned-auto-parts-dealer…


“In dog training as in life, quiet strength and leadership are often the qualities most predictive of success…”

Camilla’s Professional Accomplishments• Consumer Affairs Officer for the U.S. Government• Founded Dairydell Canine in 1989; training over 10,000 dogs and their owners• In an economic downturn, has grown her business by 300%

Camilla Gray-Nelson is a dog trainer that proudly calls herself a farmer’s daughter. Her “natural” approach to communication, leadership and power has launched her to success not only with dogs—but with a wide and varied human clientele as well.

During a gala event at the Affinia Manhattan Hotel and with a who’s who of American dog writers in attendance, author Camilla Gray-Nelson received the evening’s top honor when LIPSTICK AND THE LEASH: Dog Training a Woman’s Way was named Best Book of 2012 by the Dog Writers Associa-tion of America (DWAA).

Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of USA Book News announced earlier this month that LIPSTICK AND THE LEASH: Dog Training a Woman’s Way has won the prestigious 2012 USA Best Book Award in the competitive category of Animal/Pets/Training.

Ask Camilla Gray-Nelson how business is these days and you might get a surprising answer. Camilla is the owner of Dairydell Canine, Northern California’s fastest growing dog training and boarding center. In what some might call a stroke of bad luck, Camilla decided to embark on a multi-million dollar expansion to her business in 2007, just prior to the first signs of the general economic downturn.

LIPSTICK AND THE LEASH: Dog Training a Woman’s Way is an instruction guide for women who need help controlling their dogs. No wonder – since 3 out of 4 households leave dog care to a woman!

Camilla Gray-Nelson grew up on a dairy farm in Petaluma, where she learned everything she needed to know about true power and influence from a cow named Piggy.

Fresh from an exhausting yet exhilarating six-day trip to Orlando, Florida, for Global Pet Expo 2012, Camilla Gray-Nelson sits and stays long enough for a chat before she is off and running again.

During a gala event feting female leaders, innovators and visionaries, Camilla Gray-Nelson, President of Dairydell Inc., received The North Bay Business Journal’s 2012 Women in Business Award in the category of Entrepreneurship.

Among the many ranches and farms that adorn the bald hills of Petaluma is a place called Dairydell Canine; it’s what some might consider heaven on earth for dogs. Owner Camilla Gray-Nelson, otherwise known as the “Dog Talk Diva,” is a professional dog trainer, born and raised on a dairy farm in Petaluma, who’s been working with animals her whole life.