Born and raised in Sterling, Illinois, I came from a small town and grew up with lots of dogs running around our house. I have always been a dog lover, but it wasn't until later in life that I would realize just how much I loved them. It was in my freshman year of college at Millikin University in Decatur, IL that I took an orientation class about Dog training. This sparked my interest and it would be a few years later where I got my first dog and fell in love with everything about them. I moved to Tuscaloosa in November of 2011, and shortly after became a caretaker for the Humane Society of West Alabama. I dove headfirst into Dog training and my career goals shifted as I decided I would love to own a Dog Business one day. In June of 2015 I started working at Hot Diggity Doggie Camp, and shortly after Amy approached me about possibly wanting to buy the business when she retired. I, of course, said yes, and officially became a co-owner of Hot Diggity Doggie Camp in January of 2019.
My name is Amy Trice and I am the proud founder of Hot Diggity Doggie Camp. I was inspired to open the camp after hosting play times and sleepovers for my friends' dogs to play with my Australian Shepherd puppy, Kelly at my downtown Tuscaloosa home. As I began to keep more dogs and I began to think about retirement from my teaching job, I decided to open a full-time boarding center.
We moved to our new and expanded location at 1300 Martin Road East in Northport in April 2007 and have been expanding ever since. I first began training to prepare me for this role by joining the Assocation Pet Dog Trainers. Since then I have attended multiple conferences and classes about training dogs and an internship with professional obediance trainer Pat Miller.
I have developed a program, "Puppy Kindergarten," to help owners and their new pets bond and learn constructive habits. This program is for puppies 2 months to 4 months old and is conducted through Parks and Recreation Association (PARA). I also conduct "Best Friends Camp" at Camp O'Rear in Jasper, AL for a weekend of fun and obedience training for dogs and their child-owners.
I volunteer for the Humane Society of West Alabama and keep and train foster dogs for them on a regular basis. My current foster dogs, pictured below, are Justin and Libby. I actively promote the adoption of my foster dogs and provide consulting to potential homes. In my free time I help organize events with T-town Paws, instruct a water aerobics course, and attend yoga classes.