Margie has been an instructor for more than 20 years. Happy is her Labrador Retriever. Margie is a member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG), the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizenship, and S.T.A.R Puppy Instructor/Evaluator and an Evaluator for Therapy Pets, Unlimited. She is the Team Evaluator for Heart to Heart Pet Partners, Inc.
Margie completed Service Dogs Inc.'s' Assistance Dog Training for Professionals in Dripping Springs, Texas, and Paws and Stripes Key Elements to Training Service Dogs.
Her passion is gentle, motivational training for dogs and their people.
Kay has completed the K9 Nose-work Instructor certification classes and is a member of APDT, PPG, and is an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizenship and S.T.A.R Puppy Instructor/Evaluator. She has been an Instructor since June 2008. Kay has 2 rescue dogs and supports various pet rescue organizations.
When she's not training dogs you'll find her photographing people, places, and pets wherever she goes.
Her skills cover many avenues, but her favorite classes to teach are "Reindeer Games' and Sensitive Dog Classes.
Alisa has been a group class Instructor since 2003 and is a member of APDT and PPG.
She believes dog training should be fun for everyone and strives to incorporate humor and lighthearted learning techniques into all classes.
One of her favorite moments happens when the dog surprises the owner by doing something previously thought impossible. Alisa can typically be found teaching Playground classes early Saturday mornings.
Amata is a scientist who loves studying canine behavior and learning theory. Her Australian Shepherd, Edraith, has animal acting experience, is a trick dog champion, does Agility, and is NASAR Search & Rescue certified. Amata is a member of the Pet Professional Guild. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Accessed
(CCPDT-KA). She has worked with Island Dog since 2013.
High-energy, high-drive dogs need games to play and ways to keep their minds as well as their bodies active. Tricks are also a great way to build the human-canine bond. You "can" teach an old dog new tricks!
Amata enjoys teaching tricks and body awareness classes for Island Dog. Training dogs isn't boring - it's FUN! You can follow her and her dog on facebook.com/Edraith
Mimi brings to Island Dog a rich combination of administrative experience as well as 40 years of experience teaching dogs and their guardians.
Over the last two decades, Mimi has shared her life with a variety of 'doglets' - Natchez, a chocolate lab, was her first therapy partner, followed by a gentle German Shepherd, Tess, and a pair of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Lilly and Abbey. And home companions Spenser and Sally.
One of the greatest joys in her life has been the opportunity to work with like-minded folks to honor and deepen the human-animal bond.
Luka, A Shih Tzu rescue, is a registered Pet Partner Therapy Dog working with Heart to Heart Pet Partners, Inc. Mimi is the Volunteer Coordinator with Heart to Heart Pet Partners and teaches Skills for working Therapy Dogs with Island Dog.
Beth has clicker training dogs since 2004. She has been an Instructor with Island Dog since 2008. She is a member of the Pet Professional Guild.
She loves watching her dogs figure things out, and that the training is based on maintaining strong relationships with the dogs.
Her older dog is Coco, a 7-year-old rescue who is named for Chanel but is a tomboy, and Cooper. These are two very different dogs.
Coco enjoys puzzles and challenges. She is not content to repeat cues over and over. On the other hand, Cooper is ready for anything whether the reward is food or attention. Clicker training lets both of them shine.
Beth teaches Family Manners and Puppy classes.
Alexis graduated from UAH with a BS in Biological Science and a minor in Psychology. The perfect combination for dog /people training! She is an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizenship and S.T.A.R Puppy Instructor/Evaluator. Alexis began working with Island Dog in October 2021
Woody, is an alumnus of Huntsville Animal Services. He’s a friendly, outgoing German Shepherd / Labrador Retriever who loves to learn new behaviors. He is a registered Pet Partner and a certified Heart to Heart Therapy Dog working at Tutt Fann Veterans Home.
Alexis teaches Puppy Socialization, Family Manners, Foundations, and Sensitive Transition Classes and assists with Reactive dog classes.
Stephanie discovered her passion for working with animals when she started a pet-sitting business at age 14.
She is a certified trainer through ABC Animal Behavior College. And is working on a degree in biology with the goal of becoming an Animal Behaviorist.
Stephanie loves watching dogs learn and grow and finds it very rewarding to see the bond that develops between dogs and their humans.
Archer and Julia have three rescue dogs, Hazel, Grace, and Jayda.
Archer brought one of his dogs to reactive dog training and had a lot of success with the class. All three of his dogs have now taken classes at Island Dog.
Enjoying watching his own dogs learn he decided to become an assistant instructor. He began working with us in February 2020.
Archer is an assistant instructor for Family Manners and Foundations and subs in Playground Classes.
Julie has two dogs in her family. Annie is pictured.
Holly, now deceased, came to her as a little black lab puppy that she raised for a Florida guide dog school.
As a puppy raiser, she learned the importance of exposing Holly to a variety of people and places. Clicker training was invaluable in teaching Holly the essentials of becoming a polite dog in society in a fun and rewarding way!
Julie enjoys assisting, especially for our Gymtastic Tricks classes!
MariBeth started training her first dog using traditional obedience training but after becoming a therapy dog handler, she quickly learned the value of clicker training. Both of her therapy dogs went deaf while they were still working and the hand signals she taught them through clicker training were what allowed her to continue working with them.
She believes that behavioral issues can be solved with positive motivational training and knows firsthand that it is a confidence booster for many dogs. She has taken a wide variety of classes with her dogs since they think "school" is great fun! Playground is a favorite class to teach. Koda worked for 9 years as a Therapy dog. Skout is her husband's personal therapy dog. Luca, the cat, rules the roost and has learned a few tricks watching the dogs earn treats. Hazel is working towards becoming a Therapy Dog.
Scott and Marianne have two Australian Shepherds, Tilly and Molly. He has been an Instructor since March 2018.
Scott came to us with his sensitive dog Tilly. Based on the successes that had with her, Scott decided to join us to help others experience the same success!
Scott is an Instructor for Playground Class and assists in our Family Manners, Foundations, and Reactive Dog Classes
Jennifer brought her dog, Marley, to Reactive Dog Class. They were able to move into a regular group Foundations class with time and patience.
She is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and is an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizenship and S.T.A.R Puppy Instructor/Evaluator. She has worked with Island Dog since January 2017.
Jennifer teaches Family Manners and Puppy Socialization classes and assists in Foundations classes, and Service Dog Training. She has two Labrador Retrievers at home.
Melissa wanted to train her own service dog. She and Winston came to puppy classes at Island Dog and the rest, as they say, is history. Sir Winston Churchill is a certified Service Dog.
Melissa assists in Puppy and Family Manners Classes. Her intimate knowledge of living with and training a service dog is invaluable for our clients.
Melissa is on a leave of absence.
Michael custom-designed our facility for dog training and maintains the equipment used in our facility. His gentle way with animals has allowed him to meet fabulous dogs all over the world.
Darwin, (his owner) a Labrador mix, is always by his side, except when he's (Darwin) chasing squirrels and chipmunks.
Michael's sailing adventures and meeting dogs on Caribbean Islands led to the name Island Dog for the training center.