Our Story

From The Heart Dog Services is a Michigan owned and operated small business, founded by Victoria Zahul, a lifelong dog lover and Michigan resident. At From The Heart Dog Services, we feel dogs are one of the life’s greatest joys! Dogs are fun, goofy, loving, and most of all; dogs are members of the family. Whether your dog is in our care for training or hanging out with us while you are on vacation we promise to give them the best individualized care!

Our Services

Training Camps

Training Camps

Living with the Trainer, the focus is on training your dog to curb unwanted behavior, while working on fundamentals. They work in a positive...

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Overnight Boarding

Overnight Boarding

From the Heart Boarding offers a safe place for all dogs, any age or size! Trainer Victoria lives onsite, she and her staff monitor your precious...

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Private Lessons

Private Lessons

This option allows you and your pup one on one attention with one of our fantastic Trainers at From The Heart Training.

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Day Care

Day Care

Does your pup need a day away? Our Day Boarding is perfect! We offer 8 hour stays with playtime and walks. If your pup is dog friendly, they can...

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Meet Victoria

Victoria’s love for animals, especially dogs started early, her and her family had multiple dogs through her entire childhood. In addition to dogs, Victoria has a love for horses, she started riding them at a young age and continued throughout high school. Victoria has completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Central University of Michigan. The first dog Victoria owned as an adult was a boxer named Maggie, she stole her heart and made her fall in love with the breed. Thanks to Maggie, Victoria started volunteering for Boxer Haven Rescue in 2019 and in November of 2021 she became the co-director of the rescue! She currently owns a boxer named Kaia and will be adding to a male to family later this year! 

She is truly passionate about caring for dogs and educating owners about how to effectively communicate with their pups! Victoria lives onsite and will ensure your pup gets the best round the clock care whether they are here for training or boarding!

Success Stories

Check out some transformation videos from previous From the Heart trained dogs!


Cocker Spaniel


Silver Lab

Saia Rose


German Shepherd


Chocolate Lab





Doggie Training Camp

The focus is on training your dog to curb unwanted behavior, while working on fundamentals. They will work in a positive environment and return to you with a great foundation.
At From The Heart we think it is important that you are a part of the training process, and adopt it as a lifestyle at home! We advocate for well balanced and behaved dogs over militantly obedient dogs. A well balanced dog will see you as a leader and is a great example of a dog that is being completely fulfilled by its owner. Creating a well balanced dog takes discipline and time, this is not something you can achieve overnight …don’t worry….we will be here every step of the way to help you! When you work with us you will learn how to be a leader to your dog and we will add in obedience along the way.  
We will work together to lay a good foundation of our new expectations of a calm state of mind and obedience commands prior to introducing any advanced tools. We offer private lessons or training camps. Every dog and family’s needs are different, we do not take a cookie cutter approach and will develop a program that fits you and your dog needs. We will focus on a mixture of obedience training and how the dog is actually behaving and their state of mind in all situations. 
We require at least 2 private lessons before booking a training camp with us. Our trainers will evaluate your dog and you, give homework, and determine the best path to achieve the goals you have for you and your dog. Our training camp is designed to help establish a solid foundation for your dog, when they come home it will be up to you to continue to build on that foundation and help them live life to the fullest! Dogs of any age are welcome to come to camp, however, they must be fully vaccinated to attend and at least 4 weeks post any surgeries. Training camp runs Monday – Friday, your dog will come home to you on the weekends so you are a part of the process. You will receive a report card daily filled with videos, photos, what we worked on that day and tips for implementing everything at home. Every Friday we will spend an hour together going over your homework for the weekend, answering any questions, and demonstrations if needed. 

Training Camp Requirements:
2 private lessons before booking training camp
Training is from Monday-Friday 
Your dog must be up to date on their vaccines


Training tools:

We love tools (gentle leads, e collars, prong collars, treats, leashes, etc) when used properly they help enhance our dogs training and learning process. Please keep in mind tools are not magic, they are simply tools. Tools alone will not fix a dog’s behavior, they are used to aid in the training process. We should never solely rely on tools to teach our dogs…what fun would that be? Every dog will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine if an advanced tool is needed to reach your goals.

We Care!

The well being of your dog is our main concern. That is why we take extra precautions to ensure the safety and happiness of your pup.


When your dog travels to and from training sites, they will be securely transported in a Ruffland Kennels Crash Safety Crate.

Medical Background Check

In order to board or train with us the dogs need to be update to date on rabies, bordetella, distemper/DHPP, negative fecal (within 6 months), and heartworm negative (checked annually)

Special Accommodations

Does your pup have special needs? No worries…contact us today so we can discuss the best way to accommodate them. We love your pup and want everything to be perfect while they are in our care.