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Sami Jo Menning - Head Trainer

Sami Jo Menning always loved animals, but never imagined how far dogs would take her into her career. She was always finding herself in the field with her father and his trained Labradors every fall following in his footsteps. From there she found working with dogs was very rewarding.

After graduating, she went to attend Starmark Academy and earned her accredited certificate as a Canine Training and Behavior Specialist. Since then, she has used her communication skills to help dog owners learn to love living with their dogs! "Dog training can be a very personable job. Your clients let you into their homes, routines, struggles and into their lives. And sometimes the changes that training requires can be hard," she says. "I love to be the support and encouragement while those changes take place, and I love to see the results in the home that comes with training!"

Sami Jo has 4 dogs: Blu, a 6 year old German Shepherd; Tex, a 3 year old Black Lab; Lola a corgi with so much personality AND a Dalmatian named Ray, who makes sure to pull in everyone's attention. Blu is her everything dog who enjoys any sport she puts her mind to, but he also loves to work as a working Search and Rescue dog, certified Therapy Dog, trick dog and dock diving competitor. Tex is her retrieving fool who has earned his Hunting Retriever Champion in the UKC hunt tests, has titled in dock diving and dabbled in rally. Lola loves to steal the show at any dock diving event while also practicing in barn hunt. While Ray is working towards his Championship in the conformation ring and enjoys dock diving, barn hunt and learning tricks!

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Addison Bertram - Assistant Trainer

Addison is a newly certified trainer at Paws! She was born and raised in Parkston, South Dakota. She just graduated from Starmark Academy in Hutto, Texas and received her certification in canine behavior and training. She currently has a German Shorthaired Pointer named Coors. He is very outgoing, attentive and loves to learn new things. She says "becoming a dog trainer I have a goal of giving people that happiness of having a dog that is well mannered and can rely on them to be well behaved and also be a positive, happy dog. One of my favorite things about training dogs is seeing that 'light bulb' above their head go off when figuring something out and I am excited to train and work with them!" We are very blessed to have Addison apart of the team!

Taryn Harvey - Puppy University Trainer

My name is Taryn Harvey. Growing up I had a huge love for animals. Being surrounded by dogs my whole life helped guide my way into dog training. My first job was working at a dog daycare and boarding facility when I was 17. In my almost 2 years there I received hands on exposure to dog body language and behavior. My passion only grew from there and in 2015 I completed my 1 year online program through Animal Behavior College for Canine Obedience. At 19, I accepted my first dog training job at Petco. After completing a dog training instructor program I was promoted to Senior Dog Trainer and for 3 years I continued to get hands on exposure to puppy socialization to solving problem behaviors, clicker training, leash walking and teaching group classes. I am a dog owner as well with my 3 year old Australian shepherd, Frost and my 1 year old German Shepherd, Kira.

Madison Ziebarth - Dock Diving Assistant

Madison helps run all of our dock diving classes, swimming lessons and dock diving advanced jumps. She competes herself with her personal dogs Diesel and Bailey in Dock Dogs as well as spending time training Diesel. Madison loves to be pool side encouraging all the dogs as they learn the sport of dock diving and swimming. She loves to see them progress through and gain confidence in the water.