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

 
 
  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

 
 
  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

 
 
  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