Angi(pack leader,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.
Alexis grew up surrounded by 7 loving dogs and the occasional foster. Each dog taught her something differently about grooming, dog behavior and body language. Her passion for dogs has driven her career and she’s spent years grooming dogs and now, playing and training pups at Tails! We all have a little something special that we bring to Tails, but you can be sure Alexis is noticing your dogs haircut!
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!
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!
Funny, smart, engaging and compassionate don’t even begin to describe Emily. She always knew she wanted to work with animals. She began working with animals when she was a teenager, training dogs for Guide Dogs for the Blind. She then continued on to earn her Bachelors Degree in Wildlife Ecology and has worked with all kinds of animals, some favorites being pygmy rabbits, big horn sheep, three species of deer, and grizzly bears! Emily now applies what she has learned about wild animals to domestic animals. Working at other Doggie Day Care/Boarding Facility for over a year, she found her way to Tails. She loves how hands on she can be with her puppy friends and hopes to continue her learning through experiences here at Tails.
Jess C(inventory manager,pack leader)
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.
Team Member since March 2017. Jesse grew up in Whatcom County in a home constantly filled with all sorts of animals (including his four older brothers) where his love for furry, four-legged, bounding bundles of joy first started. After graduating from Western Washington University with a Manufacturing Engineering Technology degree he moved to California, but missed being around his own dog so much he began working full time caring for and training dogs of all shapes and sizes at his local humane society. Upon moving back to Washington a couple years later, Jesse immediately sought an opportunity to continue working with the animals he loves and ended up here at Tails!
Doggie Day Care Manager. 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 the past seven years, 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(assistant manager,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!
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.
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 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!
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.
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, hiking, exploring local beaches, birding, reading, gardening and photography.
Tilley joined the Tails-A- Wagging crew in Fall 2017 and couldn’t be happier !
Animals have always been omnipresent in Tilley’s life. Growing up in Bellingham, she remembers bringing home stray critters, and friending feral ones. Tilley moved to New Orleans In 2000, where she worked in animal rescue and volunteered at the local shelters. During this time Tilley worked with a local TNR/Rehabilitaion programs as well as Search and Rescue teams.
Though she studied music in college, animals have always played a major role in her life. When she isn’t playing music or riding her Honda 450, Tilley can be found hanging in the woods with her two cats, ‘Seraphim’ and ‘Fuzzy’, and her dog, ‘Sookie’.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by, we would love to meet you.