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.
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.
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.
When not training dogs, you might find Annika wearing khakis and a polo shirt, as the resident mammal trainer for the Denver Aquarium. Have you have ever watched the presentation about Aspen the sloth? If so, you might recognize Annika! When not giving animal demonstrations, she trains mammals for practical life skills, for example, how to offer a body part for a vaccination, or mental enriching activities – like pat your head while rubbing your belly. Bonus points for doing both simultaneously while humming Rocky Mountain High by John Denver. (Just joshing.)
Annika taught obedience classes for five years at PetSmart in Arizona and California. She coached people on how to lay a foundation for basic obedience. While grateful for the experience, she felt the sense that progress was stunted by the limited spectrum of skills condoned by the company. Like with many large companies, there was one homogeneous approach, and little freedom to venture beyond that world. With a drive to expand her skills, Annika applied for Pavlov’s highly sought after internship program. Annika worked alongside Lead dog trainer, Shannon, where she assisted training lessons, and absorbed how to gracefully execute traditional training.
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.