Careers at tails.

If you are a proven pack leader or trainer Send us your resume!

Listed Alphabetically

 
 
  angi
  (the alpha, trainer)
 

Angela has been working as a dog trainer since 1989, she quickly realized her passion for all animals and she pushed herself to also become  a licensed animal health technician in the state of Washington.  After working is several animal and  critical care hospitals she began a business as a relief veterinary technician, while also continuing to train dogs in obedience and behavioral modification.  She would float from hospital to hospital whenever staff was low, due to vacations or illness, she work work a few days to a few weeks, then on to the next hospital. Working in hospitals as far down as Olympia and as far north as Bellingham she learned the skills to manage those hospitals and finally settled in Bellingham for Veterinary Practice Management, all the while continuing to train dogs.  In 1997, she left private practice as a veterinary technician and dedicated 100% to starting Tails.  Angela primarily teaches our Puppy Pre School Classes and some Private Lessons and workshops, but is at Tails everyday to continue to run the day to day operations of all things Tails.  wanna see MY dog?

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angi

percy, morocco mole, meg and pudge

Percy. Team member since his adoption in November 2000. He will tell you his real job description....Master of the Littles! Morocco Mole. Family member since April 2006. Born via cesarean section from a Mamma Chihuahua we were fostering for Furbaby Rescue, he is a true joy. Meg. A bossy wild girl...who LOVES her brothers, Percy, Morocco Mole and Pudge. Meg joined our family in the summer of 2007. Pudge. Our beloved old Chihuahua. We fostered Pudge from WHS in November 2005 then adopted him when we found out he suffers from encephalitis, an incurable brain disease.

 
percy, morocco mole, meg and pudge

 
 
  caity
  (trainer)
 

Daycare Manager and trainer. Caity has been an animal enthusiast for as long as she can remember, big and small. She grew up catching frogs, feeding stray cats, and visiting every neighborhood dog she could find. She enjoyed training her family pups growing up and realized that she wanted to work with animals after working at the Phoenix Zoo for a summer. While this was fun, she really wanted to learn more about dog behavior since she has always had a special soft spot for dogs, which is what lead her to start teaching dog training courses at Petsmart. Eventualy, she found her way to Tails where she became a Pack Leader and ultimately the Daycare Manager and could not image a better place to work

 
 
  cheyenne
  (pack leader)
 

Cheyenne is currently a student at WWU studying biology and plans on going to grad school for wildlife biology. She's been an animal lover since day one. Growing up she could always be found cuddling her pup, searching for funny animal videos, or building mazes for any of the 7 pets around the house. She can't think of any better way to spend her days than playing with the doggos at Tails and can't wait to have a pup of her own someday.

 
 
  colton
  (pack leader)
 

Colton has a passion for dogs and animals of all sizes. His parents bred schipperkes for about two years when he was young and has loved dogs ever since. While he worked for a Vizsla breeding and training facility, his love for dogs grew even more. It gave him a whole new respect for dogs and the inspiration to become a dog trainer. Colton plans on having his own training facility someday so he can help cultivate happy dogs. Tails-A-Wagging is a dream job for Colton and he can't wait to see your dog!

 
 
  dan
  (pack leader)
 

Dan has grown up with animals his whole life, and has a huge love for all animals. growing up with mainly english mastiffs Dan has a special place in his heart for large lap dogs, but also can’t stay away from the little ones as well. at a young age Dan started working at a boarding facility and learned a lot more about dogs, as well as how to groom them. Dan is currently in School pursuing a hospitality and tourism management degree, with plans to start his own business one day, although his main goal is to have a big piece of property and as many dogs as possible.

 
 
  dany
  (trainer)
 

Growing up she absorbed any and all books, shows, and movies that were about dogs, and decided early on whatever she decided to do in life would have to involve a dog one way or another. After moving to Bellingham in 2011 and volunteering with the Alternative Humane Society of Whatcom she was able to meet and learn how to help dogs of many backgrounds, and how to relay their particular needs in life to potential adopters. This lead to developing a passion of wanting to show people how to better understand dog behavior. As the Lead Volunteer at Petco she instructed fellow volunteers how to help the adoptable dogs which lead to her employment at Petco, where she worked as a Dog Trainer. She was always looking for more to learn, and ways of becoming a better trainer, and she is very excited to learn more while at Tails. wanna see MY dog?

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dany

bear

Bear was adopted from Alternative Humane Society and is supposedly a Pug/Pom/Mini American Eskimo mix. He's her favorite example to use that you can teach an old dog new tricks. When Dany adopted him he was 9 years old and hiding under a chair to get away from playing puppies, but is now almost always eager to meet other dogs. He doesn't seem to understand how playing works, and gets stressed out by overly excited dogs. He's always down for a nice and calm sniffing meet-and-greet!

bear

 
 
  Jason
 
 

Jason,  began Tails with Angi in 1997.  Although not originally working in the animal work force,  that all changed when  he and Angi got together.  After completing certification for pet sitting in 1998, Jason worked as a dog walker and pet sitter for Tails,  as his primary job for 6 yrs, when not at the doggie day care.  He is certified in Pet CPR and first aid.  Although you won't see him much at Tails,  you can be sure if it needs to be fixed, repaired, painted or replaced... he's on it.  Jason is an avid fencer and is a coach with Bellingham Bay Fencing Association. wanna see MY dog?

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Jason

percy, morocco mole, meg and pudge

Percy. Team member since his adoption in November 2000. He will tell you his real job description....Master of the Littles! Morocco Mole. Family member since April 2006. Born via cesarean section from a Mamma Chihuahua we were fostering for Furbaby Rescue, he is a true joy. Meg. A bossy wild girl...who LOVES her brothers, Percy, Morocco Mole and Pudge. Meg joined our family in the summer of 2007. Pudge. Our beloved old Chihuahua. We fostered Pudge from WHS in November 2005 then adopted him when we found out he suffers from encephalitis, an incurable brain disease.

percy, morocco mole, meg and pudge

 
 
  jessica c
  (pack leader)
 

Four-legged fur creatures have always been a part of her life. Ever since she was little there has always been an animal in the house, and to this day she believes that no home is complete without the love of a pet. In 2008 her high school senior project was teaching her dog, Izzie, to run agility, and ever since then she has been working with dogs and working hard to learn all about them. Shortly after graduating high school, she began working in doggy daycare and absolutely fell in love with it. In 2011 she begrudgingly left doggy daycare to go back to school and obtain her AA, while training her own dog to run agility in her spare time. However, she couldn't stay away from doggy daycare for too long, and decided to get back into working with dogs again. All together she has three years of doggy daycare experience, three years of dog training experience, and many more years of experience simply owning a dog. She is very loyal to her breed of choice, the Rat Terrier. Ever wonder what happened to the dog she trained back in 2008? Izzie is currently the number one Rat Terrier in the country for dog agility, and has run agility four years in a row at the AKC Invitational in Florida, and even placed second in the Westminster Agility Championship in New York in 2014.

 
 
  kelsey
  (pack leader)
 

Kelsey is a Bellingham native and has been a dog lover for as long as she can remember! She grew up always having Lab/Retriever mixes and will always have a soft spot for them. She was a Veterinary Assistant here in town for five years and also worked at a couple of Doggie Daycares in Portland, OR. She has been petsitting for over ten years and loves any chance she can get to be around dogs. She loves to hike and takes advantage of any opportunity to get outside to soak in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.  She also loves to travel and experience new places and cultures. She is happiest when she's around dogs so working at Tails has been a wonderful opportunity to spend time with pups and learn so much more about their behavior and positive reward training. She can't wait to get a dog of her own someday!

 

 
 
  kendall
  (pack leader)
 

Kendall grew up with a huge heart for animals, always bringing home stray cats, dogs, frogs. she believes no family is complete without a pet or six. she used to volunteer at a no kill shelter and discovered how much she loves working with dogs. working toward a degree in anthropology at WWU. Kendall loves getting to meet new dogs and puppies any where she goes. she's absolutely obsessed with furry friends and found the perfect job to pursue her animal loving dreams. wanna see MY dog?

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kendall

mr. fluffy butt


mr. fluffy butt

 
 
  kerry
  (trainer)
 

Kerry is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer who has been training dogs for over 25 years.  She has trained with Tails a Wagging since 2002 and in the past worked with Canine Academy in Seattle, Chuckanut Dog Training Association and Cassidae Canine Academy in Bellingham.  She also volunteered as the trainer for the Whatcom Humane Society for 3 years. She is a Canine Good Citizen evaluator and currently teaches a class in Intermediate obedience and Canine Good Citizen at Tails a Wagging.  She owns Canine Recovery which specializes in the rehabilitation of reactive and aggressive dogs. She has 3 dogs: Tess, a rough collie, Lola a golden retriever and Vera a reactive German shepherd who she adopted from the WHS.  Tess and Lola frequently work as teacher dogs both in her classes at Tails and in her work with reactive and aggressive dogs.  Vera is a delight and can now enjoy taking Rally-O classes as long as there is enough space for her to feel safe. wanna see MY dog?

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kerry

vera, tess and lola

Vera  AKA "V" is our 7 year old GSD mix from the shelter.  She is reactive to dogs and a little to people due to her insecurity in the world.  She's taught me more than I ever hoped I'd know about dogs and how they think.  

Tess is our 12 year old rough collie, now fully retired.  She is an absolute delight, thinks the world of herself and her sister Lu and is very patient with V.  Although blind in one eye, it has never slowed her down.
 
Lola AKA "Lu" and "Bu Bu" is our 11.5 year old Golden.  She has been our couch potato at home come jet powered tractor on walks since she was 8 weeks old.  She is very serious about learning and a hard worker and absolutely delightful.  She worships her older sister Tess.
 
vera, tess and lola

 
 
  kristin
  (pack leader)
 

Kristin has always known her passion was animals & has been filling her life with furry, feathered, and scaled creatures from a young age. She has worked with dogs, cats, & even birds of prey, & hopes to work with many more species through her work and wildlife rehabilitation. She has trained dogs for 7 years through Dog 4-H, competed in AKC obedience & agility trials, has worked at several kennels, as a dog walker, & as a pet sitter. Currently she cares for her 14 year old cat, Duke, her salamander & her betta fish, and hopes to bring her Shetland Sheepdog, Ricky, up to Bellingham in the near future. Kristin is pursuing an Organismal Biology degree at WWU hoping to work in an animal focused career for the rest of her life, & can think of no better way spend her time than by working with all the lovely dogs at Tails! wanna see MY dog?

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kristin

duke & ricky

Ricky is a five year old Shetland Sheepdog whose favorite thing in the world (besides Kristin) is to go play on agility equipment! He is a happy, healthy little guy who is currently enjoying spending time with Kristin’s family’s two big Huskies until he can move up to Bellingham. Kristin & Ricky have competed in many obedience, Rally-O, showmanship, & agility trials together through 4-H & AKC, & hope to keep working on their skills in the future while enjoying life together.

Duke has been with Kristin since he was a kitten, & the pair have been together for fourteen years now. Duke enjoys spending his days lounging, eating, playing with toys, getting loved on, and going for daily grand outdoor adventures on his leash & harness! He may look a bit pudgy, but he is an avid fan of nature & loves spending his days outside spying on the local animals.

duke & ricky

 
 
  lana
  (pack leader)
 

Lana grew up in a household with 20 pets, at all times. Her love for dogs first started with her first puppy, Sydney, an Australian Shepard with a whole lot off attitude. She's had experience with everything from rehabilitating baby squirrels to swimming with manatees and loves every second she gets to spend with animals. Currently spending her last year and a half studying Wildlife Science at Western; Lana wants to go on to work in rehabilitation and conservation. She absolutely LOVES the opportunity to work at Tails because she gets to better understand the behavior and interactions of dogs, and obviously play with lots of cute pups. Other hobbies include cat/dog grooming and cuddling her rescue kitty.

 
 
  melanie
  (pack leader)
 

Melanie had a passion for animals from a young age. She grew up with a variety of pets- fish, birds, cats, and her favorite- dogs! It was when her family adopted their first dog that she fell in love with dogs, but it wasn't until she did her senior project on the benefits of dogs to people who suffer from mental illness that she knew she wanted to work with them! Before working at Tails Melanie worked at a dog rescue start up that pulled dogs from California high kill shelters and placed them in homes in B.C, Canada.

 
 
  rob
  (trainer)
 

Rob got his start working with dogs in the fall of 1997 at the Humane Society of New York, where he worked his way up to the Assistant Director of Animal Training. He further honed his training skills working alongside Bill Berloni for many years, training dogs, cats, birds and rats for theatrical and motion picture productions. In 2011 Rob was one of four trainers in the country chosen to work on the Petfinder Foundation’s quality of life program for dogs in municipal shelters, the Train To Adopt Program. Rob is thrilled to be a part of the Tails A Wagging trainer team. wanna see MY dog?

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rob

Clementine Louise, Mathilda Rose, and Violet Eleanor

Rob is blessed with 3 awesome shelter dogs, all with their own unique personalities. Clementine Louise is the sassy one, Mathilda Rose is the angel, and Violet Eleanor the delicate flower; they all adore their cat brother Mongo Alexander

Clementine Louise, Mathilda Rose, and Violet Eleanor

 
 
  robby
  (pack leader)
 

Dogs have been an important part of Robby's life since a young age. Robby grew up in a house of full of dogs. After adopting his last dog at the age of 8, Robby decided to give back and began volunteering at his local animal shelter in California. He spent lots of time volunteering at various animal shelters, even leading a community service project at the Flathead Humane Society in Montana. After moving to Seattle after high school, Robby began working as a dog walker. After a couple months, he also took on a second job at a dog daycare facility in downtown. He is also Pet CPR and First-Aid certified! Robby joined the Tails team in May of 2016, and is happy to be doing the work he loves!

 
 
  simone
  (pack leader)
 

Simone grew up on a small hobby farm in Surrey, British Columbia. She spent most of her spare time riding horses and exploring the nearby woods and fields with her trusty sidekick, a small terrier mix dog. She currently lives near Bellingham with her husband, two children, two dogs and two parakeets. She worked at Tails A Wagging from 2001-2003. Then, she took a break to raise her young children. She enjoyed working with dogs so much she wanted to come back and continue learning about dog training and behavior. She has trained a past dog in obedience, agility and the canine good citizen program. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering for a local dog rescue group, hiking, exploring local beaches, birding, reading gardening and photography. wanna see MY dog?

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simone

maddie & Charlie

Maddie is a mixed breed. She was adopted from a local rescue as a young adult and is about four years old. She loves her people and her dog buddy. Playing fetch is her very favorite thing!

Charlie is a mixed breed. He was adopted from a local rescue as a young adult and is about three years old. He's originally from California and loves everyone he meets. He loves to run zoomies around the yard!

maddie & Charlie