Dog people.

Listed Alphabetically

Angi

Angi

(pack leader,the alpha,trainer)

Pronouns – Her/She

Angi began working with animals professionally in 1989.  She received her license with Washington State as a Veterinary Technician in 1991 and applied animal behavior in 1993. Angi began Tails-A-Wagging in 1997 as owner and lead trainer.  She specializes in Canine Body Language and dog to dog communication, with a particular interest in fear and aggression in small breeds, especially Chihuahuas. Angi lives in Bellingham with her husband Jason and their dogs.

 

Anthony

Anthony

(pack leader)

Pronouns – He/Him

Anthony is a Bellingham native always sporting a wide smile and a can do attitude. Growing up Anthony was almost always surrounded by dogs, either his own or taking care of the neighborhood dogs. Through high school Anthony was able to volunteer at the Whatcom Humane Society which further fueled his passion of working with dogs. Leaving his last job to pursue this passion, Anthony couldn’t be happier now at Tails where he is surrounded by amazing coworkers who share his enthusiasm as well as all the smiling dogs and their personalities. Also a huge lover of golden retrievers for their loving and goofy attitudes and you’ll almost always find one by his side. If not spending time with the pups, you can find Anthony enjoying the lake, hiking, or catching up on sleep. Anthony has high hopes of raising his own golden retriever soon, bringing even more smiles to Tails!

Cam

Cam

(trainer)

Pronouns – He/Him

Cam is a northwest-raised adventure lover! He began working with dogs at Tails over 10 years ago before moving to Portland, Oregon in 2010. Continuing to work with, and learn from dogs and their people, Cam earned his CPDT-KA certification in 2016. Being the first to admit he has missed Bellingham, Cam has recently returned to friends, family and TAW dogs.

Cheyenne

Cheyenne

(inventory manager,pack leader)

Pronouns – Her/She

If Cheyenne had it her way she’d take off running for the hills with as many dogs as she could. Growing up she always had a connection with the animals around her and it wasn’t until she started working at Tails that she realized working with pups just came naturally. Although a hard worker you’ll never see her pass up the chance to cuddle as many dogs as possible. Her absolute favorites are working with the humane society dogs and young puppies. While working at Tails she’s also been working her way through WWU to earn her degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She hopes to one day combine her love of animals and her degree to train service animals for clients with hearing disorders. But as long as her future involves training dogs she’ll be happy!

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

(pack leader)

Pronouns – Her/She

Currently Elizabeth is the owner of a two year old Australian Shepherd and a Bearded Dragon. However, growing up Elizabeth was never in a place for a dog. When she was little she strived to learn what she could so she would be ready when the time came. When she was thirteen she got her first dog, TJ, a miniature schnauzer who put her limited knowledge to the test and fueled her desire to learn more about dogs. From ages fifteen to nineteen, Elizabeth worked at a doggy daycare in King County. Working there was her dive into the world of canine body language which she found fascinating! After moving to Bellingham, she had the opportunity to work as a groomer’s assistant at a dog salon and as a kennel attendant at a Veterinarian’s office. Elizabeth also enjoys spending her spare time dock diving with her current pup and house sitting in Whatcom County. Since joining the Tails team Elizabeth has had a great time honing in her previously learned skills as well as learning new skills under the direction of her managers and Angi.

Emma

Emma

(pack leader)

Pronouns – Her/She

Emma’s fascination, and she admits her obsession, with dogs began well before she could speak. In fact, her first word was “Woof”! If it didn’t have to do with dogs, it wasn’t worth doing, and she spent much of her childhood researching and drawing dogs. Soon after moving to a small farm in a teeny dairy town at the age of six, her single pup turned into a pack, and eventually she was working with 7+ dogs, alongside her llamas, cows, horses, rabbits, and much more. Since moving to Bellingham, most of her free time is spent drawing pet portraits, watching koi fish, and training her Catahoula mix Brooklyn. Emma is very excited to have found Tails-A-Wagging, knowing it’s the perfect place to further her quest to learn everything there is to know about dogs!

Jess

Jess

(pack leader,trainer)

Pronouns – Her/She

Since training a dog to do agility as her high school senior project in 2008, Jess has always had a passion for dogs, dog events, and the training that goes along with them. As proof, her senior project dog has gone on to become the number one Rat Terrier in the country in dog agility.  Not only is Jess passionate about training dogs, she’s also very passionate about doggie cuddles, puppy kisses, and nose boops. Especially the nose boops.

Kate

Kate

(manager,pack leader)

Pronouns – Her/She

Kate grew up with a strong passion for animals. She started out volunteering at the humane society when she was in middle school and has been working with animals even since. Kate been in the doggie daycare business for since she was 18, leading and managing teams of dedicated people and is thrilled at the opportunity to work at Tails as our Doggie Day Care Manager. Kate has a strong and calming nature that she brings to the team and the dogs. She is excited to continue to learn everything she can about caring for dogs, as she understand one can never stop learning when their mind and heart is open.

Kelsey

Kelsey

(assistant manager,pack leader)

Pronouns – Her/She

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!

Kerry

Kerry

(trainer)

Pronouns – Her/She

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 has also volunteered as the trainer for the Whatcom Humane Society for many years. She currently teaches our Wag It Games and Freestyle classes at Tails-A-Wagging and owns a beautiful Rough Coated Collie named Annie, who enjoys coming to daycare and attending class with her mom.

Lauren

Lauren

(trainer)

Pronouns – Her/She

Lauren, CPDT-KA was introduced to dog training as a child while raising guide dogs for the blind with her family. She later volunteered at the Whatcom Humane Society, working with the dogs up for adoption, as well as being a part of a few community outreach programs with the help of her “career changed” Guide Dog, Laddy. Lauren began working at Tails in 2015 as a daycare pack leader and was inspired by Angi and staff to become a trainer. She began training professionally when she moved to Los Angeles, and has since returned to her hometown of Bellingham and is very excited to work with the Tails team again, this time as a certified professional trainer!

Lea

Lea

(trainer)

Pronouns: she/her

Lea is an Eastern Washington native who began her professional dog training career by training classes in Montana and Arizona after graduating from Washington State University in 2011. She has been residing in Bellingham since 2017 and loves going on outdoor adventures with her bestie Badger, the German shepherd/husky. Lea is excited to have recently joined the Tails-A-Wagging team!

 

Lilly

Lilly

(pack leader)

Pronouns – Her/She

Working with animals has always been a big part of her life – She spent most of her younger years in Sequim working of a farm full of pigs, cows and occasionally rehabilitating a few stray dog and cats! Working with dogs every day can be a handful but they make up for it with each individual pup personality! Lilly hopes to forge new relationship with pups and their people and grow in her knowledge of training!

Luke

Luke

(pack leader)

Pronouns – He/Him

Dogs have always been a part of Luke’s family and he has long been interested in the evolution and domestication of humankind’s best friend. His dog, Belle the Collie-doodle, was part of a litter bred to be a service dog at Brigadoon Service Dogs here in Bellingham, where Luke has been a volunteer for a number of years now. Belle may have flunked out of service dog training, but she made for a wonderful new member of Luke’s family and helped inspire him to continue working with dogs at Tails. In addition to being with dogs, Luke enjoys exploring nature, making documentaries and music videos, reading, and writing.

Riley

Riley

(pack leader)

Pronouns – Her/She

Riley grew up on acres of land that were just begging to house every furry, feathered, or scaled friend imaginable. As soon as she was old enough to have a say, inviting animals into her home was her favorite hobby; much to her parents dismay. Through all that excitement, she was never seen without a dog by her side. Whether that means, teaching her own pets every party trick in the book, or being the one person at the party who hangs out with the dogs more than the people. She’s excited to be a part of the Tails-A-Wagging team to further expand her knowledge on canine body language, training, and care and loves each and every dog in their own special way!

Tara

Tara

(pack leader)

My family always owned dogs, so for as long as I can remember I had one by my side. We owned two black labs, but when they passed we adopted two shih tzus. I felt a great connection to animals and knew that I always wanted to be near them.

I grew up here in Bellingham, but spent the past 5 years in Los Angeles working in the addiction treatment field. While in LA, I volunteered with a cat rescue doing TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release), as well as fostering cats and raising orphan kittens until they were old enough to be adopted. I also adopted dogs out of kill shelters, socialized and trained them, and found them forever families. Through all of this, I adopted my fur baby Sam, a 3 year old Golden Retriever, and two cats, Nala and Bruno. They drove with me all the way from California when we moved!

While working in the addiction treatment field, one of the skills I utilized with my clients was relaxation and meditation, and I have found that this can be put into practice with animals as well. If you watch the doggy cams on our website, you might catch my group during a relaxation session 🙂 Animals are my life, and I’m so happy to be able to go to work every day and spend time with your pups!

Trenton

Trenton

(pack leader)

He/Him

An unbridled curiosity for what lay beyond the mighty Mississippi drove this Michigander across the plains of North Dakota, over the hills of Montana, and through the great passes of the Cascades in search of a better life on the west coast. What he found was Bellingham and at that moment he thought, “I’ll give it a go”. A dog lover with no dog, in search of purpose, found his home at Tails-A-Wagging. A place that welcomed him in and gave him all of the support and kindness that one could ever ask for. A place to make the move feel right and the town feel like home. He is happy to have made it here and is even happier to meet your dog. He hopes to help provide a caring environment for your dog so they too can feel like they have a home away from home.

You?

You?

(trainer)

We’re hiring! This could be you! We are looking to add to our team of dog trainers. Have you been training dogs professionally for at least 3 years? Do you use exclusively reward based, force free and fear free dog friendly training methods? Do you want to work in a state of the art, 2500 square foot heated/air-conditioned training space? Send us your resume to info@tails-a-wagging.com or stop by, we would love to meet you.