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.
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.
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.
Meet Cameo! Cameo migrated to Denver from Minnesota in search of mountain trails. Cameo attracted Pavlov’s eye by sharing videos of her dogs demonstrating obedience in a bustling outdoor shopping mall in Minnesota. Despite pedestrians and an element of chaos, her dog remained focused and allegiant to her direction. Like most of Pavlov’s dog trainers, Cameo worked as a professional dog trainer prior to joining our team. More recently she worked with highly respected dog training company in Minnesota called Canine Coach. Canine Coach is much like Pavlov in that the trainers are multi-skilled, and are fluent in both traditional training, as well as motivational training. During this time she trained dogs enrolled in boot-camp programs. Once the dogs were trained up, Cameo coached clients on how to maintain the good stuff. Cameo also taught puppy classes, and obedience classes, and gave private lessons for clients who struggled with behavior issues. Prior to that, Cameo was the lead dog trainer for the pet resort, Stone Mountain
Cameo’s communication style is confident and engaging.
In her spare time, you might find Cameo doing yoga, or teaching party-tricks to her personal dog.
Annika comes to Pavlov with five years of professional dog training experience in California and Arizona. A graduate of Moorpark College’s Exotic Animal Training program and Animal Behavior College, Annika has applied her education and skill to training dogs at PetSmart, and exotic mammals at the Denver Aquarium. She also gained valuable hands-on experience interning for a local dog trainer, so when Annika applied for Pavlov’s Internship Program, we insisted she join our team!
Annika enjoys training the otters, sloth, and a rather social porcupine at the aquarium in cooperative handling skills and party tricks, but her real passion lies in training dogs and their humans. Annika’s affable nature makes it easy for people to connect with her, as she expertly guides them from one lesson to the next.
Smitten with Colorado’s outdoor landscape, Annika spends quite a bit of her free time hiking the foothills with her personal dogs. When not dog training, Annika tends to Pavlov’s social media platforms.
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 training board and train dogs.
Claire has worked with Pavlov in a number of roles over the years. She has an academic background in Psychology, and she professionally trained with two well-known dog training companies in Denver before she found her perfect match with Pavlov. She was the first to graduate Pavlov’s internship program and move into an in-home dog training position. Now as our Client Relations Manager, her engaging personality and 6 years of experience as a dog trainer allow her to deftly match potential clients with our trainers and programs.
Claire holds the maxim that quality dog training requires a customized approach, designed to the temperament and learning-style of each individual dog. Claire’s competitive nature and desire to advance her training skills led her into dog sports with her border terrier mix, Maverick (affectionately known as Buoy), who has earned his Flyball Master (FM) title, an AKC Advanced Trick Dog title, and a Canine Good Citizen award.