Our Team Approach
Though every client is assigned their own personal SA trainer, you also benefit from the work we do together behind the scenes. We are constantly striving to fine-tune our processes and strategies to provide you and your dog the most solid relief possible. That means coming together for regular case meetings to share new ideas, put our heads together to punch through difficult cases, and make sure we’re always at our best for you.
How We Choose Our Trainers
As you can see from their bios, our team-of-trainers are highly accomplished, expert dog trainers in their own right before they began their journey with us to become Certified Separation Anxiety Trainers. We look for the very best—trainers with extensive experience in behavior modification work, the best education the industry has to offer, highly honed skill sets, and that special touch to provide the support you need to get to the finish line.
Your Certified Separation Anxiety Trainers
Lisa Lyle Waggoner
Lisa is a CPDT-KA, a Pat Miller Certified Trainer-Level 2, a Pat Miller Canine Behavior & Training Academy instructor, and founder of Cold Nose College in Murphy, NC. A passionate advocate for science-based, force-free dog training, Lisa is a regular contributor to Whole Dog Journal, and the co-instructor of the Separation Anxiety Certification Program.
Terrie is a Karen Pryor Academy-Certified Training Partner, a CPDT-KA, and is TAG Teach certified. She runs PAW-Positive Animal Wellness and regularly travels the globe to hone her training skills with animals as diverse as macaws and beluga whales.
Tiffany is the owner of Cold Nose College, Space Coast, FLA and a graduate of the Pat Miller Level 1 and 2 Intern Academies. She is a CPDT-KA, PPG member and holds the first degree of its kind in the animal therapy field.
Caryn Charlie Liles
Caryn is a CPDT-KA and founder of The Toronto Centre for Canine Education which focuses on “The Socially-Challenged Dog”. She is known for approaching challenges with a blend of compassion and humor all her own.
Gitta is certified by the German Bundesfachverband fuer Hundeausbildung-, -erziehung und Haustierforschung. After her move to the US she obtained certification as Police Patrol and Detector Dog Trainer. Gitta is also a graduate of Purdue University’s course DOGS! She is the owner of Leading Edge Dog Training, LLC.
Shelly, CTC, CDW, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA, CSAT is the owner of A Good Dog Day. Shelly is a graduate of the Academy for Dog Trainers, Karen Pryor Academy, Marine Humane Society Canine Behavior Academy and the dog*tec Dog Walking Academy. Shelly closely partners with veterinarians, breeders and shelters.
Peggy is a graduate of the renowned Academy for Dog Trainers, a CPDT-KA, and a dog*tec Certified Dog Walker. She is a member of the APDT and Pet Professionals Guild. Peggy is the owner of The Hound Haven and works extensively with fearful, anxious and reactive dogs using force free training.
Tara is a Pat Miller Certified Trainer, dog*tec Certified Dog Walker, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Companion Animal Behavior and Analysis. She believes every animal she works with, regardless of species, teaches her something new and makes her a better trainer for the next.
Pamela, CTC, CSAT is a Certified Trainer and dogEvolve instructor with 17 years of urban dog experience. She is a graduate of the renowned Academy for Dog Trainers, taught by Jean Donaldson. Pamela brings an enthusiastic and creative teaching style to her work making training fun, intelligent and successful.
Linda, CTC, CPDT-KA, CSAT is the owner of New Levels Dog Training. She graduated from the Academy for Dog Trainers and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She’s passionate about improving dog’s lives by using force-free methods and works closely with guardians to provide the necessary guidance and skills.
Casey, CSAT, CTC, is the owner of Upward Hound Dog Training and an honors graduate of the Academy for Dog Trainers. She has lifelong experience in the helping professions, a passion for animal rescue and welfare, and an undying love for Bruce, her own separation anxiety dog (now recovered).
Deborah, CSAT, CPDT-KA, CDBC is the founder of Happy Tails Family Dog Training in Las Vegas, NV. As a behavior consultant and trainer, Deb coaches others in the basics of reinforcement and how dogs view their worlds. She encourages education as the foundation for behavior modification.
Lisa is an honors graduate of the renowned SF SPCA’s Academy for Dog Trainers, a CPDT-KA and the founder of Oh Behave!, in San Francisco. She is committed to science-based force-free relationship-centered training, and has a special interest in working with fearful, anxious and shy dogs.
Helen earned a Certificate in Training and Behavior Consultation from the Dog Training Internship Academy, taught by Janis Bradley. She is a graduate of the dog*tec Dog Walking Academy and the Marin Humane Society’s Canine Behavior Academy. Helen is the owner of Paws and Effects and an APDT member.
Jenna is the owner of All Star Paws Dog Training in New Jersey. When she adopted Emmy she experienced her first dose of separation anxiety. Having worked through it Jenna wants to help others find the hope that is available to anyone dealing with this heart wrenching challenge.
Joan is a CPDT-KA, a Pat Miller Certified Trainer, a Tellington Touch Practitioner, a student at Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers and a Certified Nose Work Instructor. She is the owner of Fido Behave in New Jersey and has been training for over 25 years. She enjoys working with fearful, anxious and misunderstood dogs.
Vivian is CPDT-KA and business owner of BostonK9Concierge pet services and K9Aromatherapy.com. She is an AKC Evaluator, Board Member and weekly CGC Trainer with New England Dog Training Club. Vivian dedicates her time to her private practice, researching effects of olfaction and memory in dogs and engineering K9Aromatherapy blends.
Sarah, CPDT-KA, CDBC, CSAT, CDW, CC, has been teaching dogs and people since 1997. She is the owner of The Canine Connection, a graduate of the Academy for Dog Trainers, a mentor for the CATCH Canine Trainers Academy, a licensed therapy dog evaluator, and a professor at California State University.
Jen, CSAT, is also a student of Raising Canine’s Professional Dog Trainer course and graduate of Dr. Susan Friedman’s LLA for Veterinary and Animal Professionals. She began her training career in the zoo field, and has worked at zoos and animal shows across the country.
Carol Peter, CPDT-KA, CSAT, discovered her passion for training as a volunteer at a shelter. She founded Cold Nose Companions, to fulfill her mission to help people create and sustain healthy, loving lifetime relationships with their dogs. Carol’s work includes complex behavioral issues such as separation anxiety, fear, and aggression.
Genevieve Cahill has been a Certified Veterinary Technician since 2001. She is also a Certified Canine Fitness Instructor, holds a BA in Psychology, and is finishing up her Masters in Companion Animal Behavior Analysis and Counseling. She takes a holistic approach to training to continually nurture the human-animal bond.
Amie Glasgow, CPDT-KA, CSAT, works with cat behavior as well as dog aggression and anxiety through her company Oscar Winning Behavior. She’s lived with separation anxiety first hand and knows both the challenges of working through it, and the amazing joy at coming out the other side.
Shannon Thier, CPDT-KA, CTDI, CSAT, ABCDT, is the founder of K-949 Training for Humans with Dogs, based in Southern California. She is an Animal Behavior College Mentor Trainer, Certified Trick Dog Instructor, and has titled in K9 Nose Work. She believes in using only intimidation-free, reward-based training methods.
Shoshi is a CPDT-KA, CSAT and holds a Ph.D. from Boston University. She completed two internships and teaches group training classes at the San Francisco SPCA, is a graduate of the Canine Behavior Academy and is the owner of Modern Hound Dog Training in San Francisco, CA.
Emma Holly, CPDT-KA, has a Masters in Animal Behavior & Welfare from the University of Edinburgh. Emma owns Happy Dog Institute in Olympia, Washington. She is dedicated to turning around the most challenging behavior problems using science-based methods. Emma specializes in anxiety and fear-based behavior issues.
Tina Flores, KPA-CTP, CSAT and Puppy Start Right Instructor is the owner of Doggy Einsteins Training. Her passion for helping pet guardians learn to effectively communicate with their dogs through the use of scientifically-based, force-free training methods stems from her experience and love of her own (recovered) separation anxiety dog, Chile.
Allison Lamminen, CTC, CSAT is the owner of Allison Lamminen Dog Training in Minnesota. As a graduate of The Academy for Dog Trainers and a member of the Pet Professional Guild, she is committed to humane, science-based methods without the use of painful or fearful tactics.
Alice Tong, CPDT, KPA CTP, CSAT, has both the education and experience to help dog owners, along with a deep love for dogs and animal welfare. What makes Alice an exceptional trainer is her commitment to using positive methods, and her ability to treat both animals and humans with compassion and respect.
Melanie Cerone, Ph.D., CSAT is a psychologist and Pat Miller Certified Trainer. With 30 years of experience treating people with a myriad of emotional challenges, she is devoted to helping dogs and their guardians overcome separation anxiety. Melanie is a dedicated shelter volunteer and owner of Canine Behavior Consulting, LLC.
Nee, Ph.D., CPDT-KA, CSAT, Low Stress Handling Certified, is a scientist trained in the study of animal behavior. She founded cheerfuldogs.com, Singapore’s premium dog training service. Nee promotes awareness of a force-free, evidence-based approach to animal care, by conducting training for local shelters and dog behavior workshops for the public.
Jennifer, CPDT-KA, CSAT, became interested in animal behavior as a journalist. In 2004, she graduated from the ASPCA Dog Training Program in NYC and founded Big Apple Dog School. After offering classes, privates and seminars on everything from puppies to aggression, Jennifer’s thrilled to focus exclusively on canine separation anxiety.
Shelley, CSAT, co-owner of Bronte Pet Services, Vancouver, BC, also holds a BA in Psychology. Shelley gave up her office job four years ago to pursue her dream of working with dogs full time, when she became a certified trainer from the International Academy of Canine Trainers.
Lisa Skavienski, CSAT, CTC is an Academy for Dog Trainers graduate and co-owner of Dog Educated, LLC. She is a proud board member of the non-profit advocacy organization, Your Pit Bull and You, and provides behavior and training support to rescue and shelter dogs in her region of Rochester, NY.
Tania worked as a shelter dog trainer at the SF SPCA and is the founder of Cannon Dog Training. She loves competing in dog sports such as agility, nose work and barn hunt. She is passionate about learning and did courses with Bob Bailey, Dr. Friedman, and others.
Lisa is a CPDT-KA, PMCT2, KPA-CTP, FP-MT, CSAT. She owns Head of the Class Dog Training LLC in Winchester, VA. Lisa believes 21st century training can be force-free, fun and effective. Lisa is a therapy team evaluator, with four therapy dogs, and two Certified HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response dogs.
Angela Gardner is a student at Academy for Dog Trainers and a graduate of Marin Humane Society’s Canine Behavior Academy. Angela is the owner of All About Paws where she has worked with dogs for over 12 years.