Sarah, a professional trainer for 25+ years now, works with both pet owners and pet professionals. She has written seven books starting with Good Owners, Great Dogs (Kilcommons/Wilson) in 1992 to Dogology: What Your Relationship With Your Dog Reveals About You, 2008 (Croke/Wilson). In between came My Smart Puppy, Childproofing Your Dog; Good Owners, Great Cats; Tails from the Barkside; Paws to Consider and Metrodog. Her specialty is shy/sensitive and reactive dogs and all puppies! She blogs for Amazon and has appeared on PBS, Comcast on Demand and Nick Jr. For more info, go to: My Smart Puppy
A retired Emergency Room Nurse, Shirley has dabbled in professional training while raising her own brood of Aussies and German Shepherds. Long time friends, Shirley is Sarahs right hand on the boards (and elsewhere). If you have any questions or need help regarding board etiquette - ask divineK9.
Dr. Alexandra Soltan is a small animal veterinarian practicing in Ontario, Canada for 13 years. She has a strong interest in the human animal bond both personally and professionally. She actively competes in dog sports, especially agility with Brier, a Pointer, Emma, a German Shepherd Dog and Badger, a Boxer X Labrador. We thank her for lending her expertise to this board and before it, Greatpets, for so many years.
Trainers (in the order listed on the site)
Dog trainers Becky and Dave Bishop, owners of Puppy Manners in Woodinville, Washington for over 12 years. Recognized by Seattle Magazine as "Seattle's Best Bet For Your Pet" her classes often have a waiting list and filly quickly. Becky's enthusiasm, sense of humor and positive attitude is one of the many reasons her Seattle dog training business is such a success. If your ever in Seattle she would love to take you AND your dog out for a latte!
For over 15 years Toni Kay Wolff has owned and run The Well Mannered Dog in CT. She offers small, focused classes in East Northport, private instruction all over Long Island and customized training programs for each dog and their family. Helping you have a dog who will always want to be with you, will work hard to please you, and will do so with a positive attitude and joy for life is TKWs goal and commitment.
After more than 20 years homeschooling her three human kids and developing curriculum for their varied needs, Melissa is turning her considerable talents to you and your furkids. She finds that her training and experience as a peer counselor gives her insight into the relationship people have with their dogs, and she enjoys working with people to bring joy and clarity into the dog/human relationship. Melissa can be reached at Puppy Homeschool.
Susan Hunt is all about communication, whether signing for her deaf students in school or working with her dogs in obedience, conformation and now, agility. She also has a litter of Schipperkes to enjoy every once in a while. Susan began training professionally in 1994 after training her own dogs, and shelter dogs, for many years. Located in Princeton, Indiana, Susan offers private sessions, boarding school, and classes occasionally. She can be contacted at Pawfect Answers Dog Training.
Trainer, competitor and occasional breeder of high drive Labradors - Triever works extensively with her Labradors in hunt tests, obedience and agility. She is also a magnet for the lost dogs of the world with decades of experience rescuing, fostering and placing dogs. In her "spare time" she does doggie demos promoting responsible dog ownership and teaching kidshow to be safe around dogs. Working out of Lubbock, Texas, she can be reached for private sessions at: [email protected]
Patty worked with homeless NYC street kids for many years which has given her a unique perspective on problem solving, productive boundary setting and consistency. She brought that knowledge to the world of dogs with great success. Having rescued dogs of quite different temperaments and needs, she has deep insight into how to access, train and live with a wide variety of dogs and is devoted to working in dog sports with mixed breed dogs. She competes successfully in obedience and rally, trains in agility, herding, and sometimes tracking, and hopes to compete in those venues in the future.
Began pet care career in 1998 as a kennel worker at veterinary clinics in Ohio and West Virginia, moving up to vet assistant where main duties included helping the vet in the exam room and in surgery. Since 2002, a petsitter and now a trainer. Worked briefly for large company in PA, currently operate my own company "Puppy Prep School" in Cincinatti, OH. Continuing education (so far): long time member of these boards, seminars and classes with Sarah Wilson, Brian Kilcommons, and Sue Sternberg. Dabbling in Rally-O with her mixed breed shelter dogs, Sasha and Jess. Can be reached at: [email protected]
Carolyn began volunteering at a local animal shelter in 1998, after adopting a small, feisty orange kitten there. For several years, she was a kennel worker, and then dog crew leader on Thursday mornings. After several years, she became active in other areas at the kennel-temperament testing, visiting local pounds to help select dogs to be taken to the shelter, and helping to provide medical care for the shelter animals. She joined Sarah and Brian's first message board in 2001, and has attended seminars and classes taught by Sarah Wilson, Brian Kilcommons, Sue Sternberg, and Sarah Babcock (of the Richmond SPCA). Her home menagerie includes a Labrador Retriever, a mixed breed dog, 3 cats, and various foster animals from time to time. She can be reached at: [email protected]
Mailey E. McLaughlin, M.Ed. is a Certified Dog Trainer through the International Association of Canine Professionals, where she has been a Professional member since 2004. Mailey started out in the veterinary industry at 16, and despite a couple of temporary jobs she held putting herself through school, she has always worked with dogs. She became a professional trainer and behavior consultant in 2000, and built a solid reputation in Atlanta teaching several levels of obedience classes for 10 years at the Atlanta Humane Society. Currently, she works to make shelter dogs more adoptable through training, teaches private lessons as the Pooch Professor, and strives to connect with both ends of the leash in fun, effective ways to make training something people can't wait to do with their dogs. Mailey is also certified in Pet First Aid and CPR. www.poochprofessor.com