Thank you for taking an interest in your dog’s training! My name is Tanya, owner and dog trainer for Pavlov Dog Training.
My original inspiration for becoming a professional dog trainer began while working at Colorado Humane Society. During my employment, a clear pattern emerged.
Dogs with behavior issues were the first to be given up – and the last to be adopted.
With no training options for these dogs, something needed to change. Shortly after I trained under several of the best dog trainers in Denver. After classes, lectures, and sweat and tears, I accepted a full-time dog trainer position in the Animal Behavior Department at a Denver Humane Society.
It was my job to train dogs who failed their behavior assessments, and prepare them for their second behavior evaluation. Some dogs were enrolled for common issues like jumping, others for serious issues like dog aggression.
Rewarding as it was, after five years I felt inspired to help committed dog owners. I wanted to help dog owners before the thought of abandonment was a serious consideration.
This is the story that inspired Pavlov Dog Training.
Certified Pavlov Dog Trainer, Corin, originally embarked on her dog training career in Michigan, when she enlisted the help of a professional trainer for her then problematic dog. Doing so inadvertently kindled a latent passion.
Not one to sit passively on a passion, Corin pursued an apprenticeship with a well respected dog trainer in Detroit, and later honed her skill set by dog training for the Cascades Humane Society. At the Humane Society, she was exposed to a menagerie of different breeds, sizes, and temperaments, which refined her skill set.
Corin’s primary objective is to help dog owners clearly define and achieve explicit training goals.
Once goals are defined, she addresses each objective in an organized manner. And while she embraces the notion that training ought to be fun and engaging, Corin is also not afraid to take a leadership position, and set clearly defined rules and regulations.
Sophia began her career studying Animal Science at Colorado State University. Between classes she professionally walked dogs and rode horses at a local stable. After graduation, Sophia dabbled in the coffee business, where she honed her people skills and roasted coffee beans as if it were art. Sophia’s days in the coffee business were limited, as she eventually landed an internship with a well respected trainer. During this internship, Sophia learned a diverse assortment of training methods, including BOTH traditional training and positive training.
Sophia is not afraid to get dirty, and do hard work. She is also not a stranger to a hardy laugh.
After completing her internship with high marks, Sophia was offered a paid position training dogs at that same boarding facility, as well giving in-home lessons. Sophia trains puppies, adolescent dogs, and dogs in serious need of leash etiquette.
When not training, you may find Sophia horseback riding, perusing antique shops, or reading a hardback book in a cozy environment.
Shannon recently moved to Denver from Boston, where she ran a successful dog training business helping clients and their dogs bring out the best in each other. Shannon believes it’s healthier for both human and canine when owners have dogs they can live with and take out in public, so she focuses on teaching people how to train useful skills to their dogs and eliminate behavior problems.
Shannon’s desire to understand and change behavior was sparked when she adopted her own adult dog with several unexpected behavior problems, including aggression. She was a student under a number of skilled trainers where she gained hands-on experience, and regularly road trips to attend dog training seminars and workshops. Shannon originally gained experience volunteering at an animal shelter, before being employed as a dog trainer in Boston.
Shannon’s outgoing and humorous personality serves her well, as she finds teaching people, and their dogs, inherently rewarding.
When not training dogs, you might find Shannon cooking, dabbling in dog sports with her Great Dane, or working on home projects.
Grace originally taught dog training classes in a musty farm supply store, accompanied by her well trained Belgian malinois. (If you have yet to meet a malinois, imagine a caffeinated cousin of a German shepherd.) Prior to becoming a dog trainer, Grace was a horse trainer, so she was intuitively familiar with the concept of traditional training – trainers also call this pressure & release training. Grace was raised with her three sisters in a rural part of Illinois. She branched into the dog training world when she enrolled her dog with a local dog trainer. Sensing that Grace had a natural aptitude, it was not long until Grace upgraded into an apprentice, and then started teaching classes. She is super grateful for this experience.
All the while, Grace heard about Pavlov’s reputation for having multi-skilled dog trainers. While she adored her clients, she also felt the nagging sensation that she could serve at a higher level, once she gained additional skill sets. This inspired her to enroll in Pavlov’s internship program, where she learned our hybrid approach. We’re grateful to consider Grace part of our team!
When not working with clients, you might find Grace hula hooping on a mountain top.
Expert dog trainer, Claire joins Team Pavlov with an academic background in Psychology. Claire is a graduate of Pavlov’s Mentor Program, and prior to that, she professionally trained with two Denver dog training companies.
While Claire’s communication style errs on the side of warm and engaging, her competitive nature manifests in a high-action dog sport called Flyball. Claire’s border terrier, Maverich earned his FDCh-S Title and they are working towards a title in the protection sport, called IPO. Claire is currently raising a Belgian Malinois puppy.
Claire’s original inspiration to become a professional dog trainer began when she grappled with an unflattering case of human aggression with her chihuahua, Poppy. Claire holds the maxim that quality dog training requires a customized approach, designed to the temperament, and learning-style of each individual dog.
She takes pleasure in helping families build positive bonds with their dogs based off the same foundations for any healthy relationship – boundaries, respect, and compassion.
When not professionally dog training, Claire can be found tending to her flock of ducks and chickens, heading up to the hills for backpacking or camping trips, and cuddling her newfoundland and formerly unruly chihuahua.
Chelsey’s relationship with Pavlov is symbiotic. She helps train dogs enrolled in board and train camp, and in doing so, she gets out her dog fix. Chelsey reached out to Pavlov shortly after moving to Denver from Boulder county, where she worked with dogs for a local animal shelter. Her personality is thoughtful, and deliberate. And campers appreciate the extra attention. Chelsey also takes care of dogs enrolled in Boarding With Benefits, a boarding option for dogs who have been finished one of our programs.
Meet Cameo. Cameo migrated to Denver from the arctic cold of Minnesota where she trained dogs for board and train programs. Cameo was responsible for training dogs by day, and coaching families by night. She attracted Pavlov’s eye remotely by demonstrating skills by video. She confidently demonstrated traditional skills and rewards-based skills, and shared tips on how to upgrade dogs beyond basic food training, in a manner that is simple and intuitive.
Cameo’s communication style is engaging. Some might call it…slightly infectious.
If you reach out to Pavlov, anticipate a contact from Stephanie! Stephanie is Pavlov’s professional match maker. She will get a sense for your training objectives, and will help access which program your dog will get the most mileage from. Don’t be surprised when she gives you a mini interview. She is your initial go-to person for questions and scheduling.
Stephanie migrated to Colorado from Alabama, where she was a private tutor for gifted children. Like many teachers, Stephanie has a reputation for being organized and thorough. When not connecting with people like yourself, she may be found assisting dog training lessons, and mentally downloading all things dog.