Haley and Ben wedding photo with their two dogs Buck and Cubba wearing bowties.

about us

Haley and Ben O'Neal are the owners of Southern Pro Kennel. They both love the outdoors and have a passion for dogs. Towards the end of 2016, Haley knew she was ready to start her own kennel. Her husband Ben didn’t need much convincing - well maybe just a little - but he knew this was Haley’s calling in life. Together they agreed to sell their home and put everything into what is now known as Southern Pro Kennel.


Haley kneeling with arm stretched out teaching dog.

haley shealy o'neal

Haley's a Chattanooga native and discovered her gift for training dogs when she was still a student at UTC. Her parents got her a chocolate lab puppy and she fell in love with training him. At this point in time, Haley's skills were raw but it was apparent to anyone who saw her work that she had a gift. She had planned on going into nursing, but instead, followed her heart and took up dog training. She spent years learning and honing her skills under the famed Roddy Reynolds before going out on her own. 

Haley enjoys hunting, diving, and catching bigger fish than Ben. 

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ben o'neal

Ben serves as the business manager for Southern Pro and handles the operational side of things. He’s originally from Red Bank and developed his love for chocolate labs thanks to Haley. Ben is also a full time Real Estate agent for Berkshire Hathaway.

When he's not working, Ben's either hunting or fishing.