The Team

Sarah Traynor- Shift Leader
John Delarionda- Shift Leader

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Melissa Bernardin – Trainer

A lifelong lover of all animals, Melissa has been actively training dogs for over 20 years. In 2013 she retired from the United States Air Force where she had the opportunity to work with Military Working Dogs. During her 4 years in Germany, Melissa Trained at a local Schutzhund Club with her German Shepherd, Ranger. The team of Melissa and Ranger also received the Canine Good Citizen certification. Having been stationed all over the world, Melissa has been an active volunteer in the Rescue Community. She has worked with many training businesses and clients offering group and private lessons. She is a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

Melissa has been fortunate to work with hundreds of dogs and feels that each dog learns differently and no one method is perfect for all dogs. Training needs to be flexible for the dog and the owner. She believes in gentle, reward-based techniques.

Mike Sinko & Linda Toogood – Owners
Cat Shemeley – Manager
Jackie Virella – Team Leader
Kim VanDexter – Manager