Our Trainers

Our dog trainers use positive, dog-friendly training methods and will show you how to teach your dog to respond to verbal cues and hand signals.  Our instructors have experience in everything from puppy socialization and basic manners training to behavior modification for reactive and fearful dogs.  Our trainers are required to complete a formal training process and are all Certified Professional Dog Trainers (CPDTs), requiring documented experience in hands-on training, passing a written exam and maintaining annual continuing education credits.

Dog Trainers

Tiff Shao, CPDT-KA

Trainer and Behavior Manager

Tiff is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer focusing on our group training classes and behavior modificaion in private lessons.  Tiff is an accomplished trainer and has been working with her star student, Soro since 2006.  Soro recently obtained his TDCH (Champion Trick Dog) title and is very proud of himself.  In 2013, Tiff and Soro placed 2nd in the APDT (Association for Professional Dog Trainers) Train Your Dog Month video contest in which Soro performed many of the 100+ behaviors he knows on cue!  Tiff's technical training skills combined with her studies at Duke in cognition and evolutionary anthropology make her an invaluable addition to our Training and Behavior team.

Mariah Scheskie, CPDT-KA

Private Lesson Trainer

Mariah Scheskie is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. She has been training professionally since 2005 and specializes in working with fearful and reactive dogs. Mariah is also a Professional Behavior Responder for the ASPCA Anti Cruelty Behavior Team, working with dogs from cruelty and neglect cases throughout the country. 

Meghan O’Brien

Breanne Black