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.
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.
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.
We’re hiring! This could be you! We are looking to add to our team of dog trainers. Have your 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 email@example.com or stop by, we would love to meet you.