Meet the Trainers
The staff of The Dog Classroom is trained by Anne-Marie Mayes to ensure consistency in using the most up-to-date, scientifically sound training methods.
Anne-Marie Mayes CPDT-KA RVT BSc
Owner / Head Trainer / Reactive Dog Classes / Behaviour Consultant
Anne-Marie is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and a practicing Registered Veterinary Technician with a calling for helping dogs and their owners. She has over 20 years of experience handling and working with dogs and cats in a variety of different situations. Anne-Marie also holds a Bachelor of Science degree.
Anne-Marie provides Behaviour Consultations for issues such as reactivity/aggression, anxiety, fearfulness, and more. Anne-Marie strongly believes in the value of continuing education and provides opportunities for her staff to continue to learn as well. She recently completed a program to become a Fear Free Certified Professional. She also regularly attends online webinars, as well as in-person seminars such as Clicker Expo to learn from top trainers and behaviourists from around the world. This allows her to have a better perspective with clients and dogs in the vet clinic as well as relating it to dogs attending group classes.
Anne-Marie's husband and two children all help out with The Dog Classroom as well as her five dogs (and Henry the cat who likes to visit)
Amelia P. CPDT-KA
Group Class Instructor / Private Lessons / Behaviour Consultant
Amelia is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) who apprenticed under Anne-Marie and has been training with us for over 7 years. She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree. She is one of our more versatile trainers as she is able to teach agility, obedience, clicker, as well as private behaviour consultations. She continues her education by reading the works of authors like Karen Pryor and Jean Donaldson, as well as attending webinars and conferences like ClickerExpo.
Amelia has three dogs and enjoys training in a variety of areas. Stark has Agility titles from NADAC and ASCA as well as Trick Dog Titles up to Advanced level. Holly is a therapy dog and often helps with behaviour consultations for reactive dogs. The newest addition, a chihuahua mix named Nugget, is learning agility as well!
Beginning with Basics / The Next Step
Mike has been training with Anne-Marie for over 8 years and continues to expand his knowledge and gain experience as he works toward his CPDT-KA Certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. He enjoys clicker training with his bullmastiff, Jax, and American Bulldog mix Delilah.
Scent Games - all levels
Cassandra began training with Anne-Marie in 2011 with her first Weimaraner Sophie, and she never left! After an injury forced Sophie to retire from agility, Cassandra found scent work was the key to keeping the Weims busy. The interest in scent sparked a passion for the sport and lead to many courses, online training, and, after leaving the white collar world behind, teaching. She is an alumni in Susan Garrett’s Recallers program and assists with various other classes at The Dog Classroom. She trains and competes in scent detection and tracking, and looks forward to doing agility with the newest Weim in the family, Kona.
Beginning with Basics
Shavonn is one of our newest trainers. She apprenticed under Anne Marie and Amelia for over a year and has recently taken on her own Beginning With Basics classes. Shavonn is very interested in learning as much as possible when it comes to dog training. She is searching for as many opportunities to expand her knowledge and gain experience, with the goal to work towards CPDT-KA Certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Shavonn originally came to The Dog Classroom in 2016 for reactive classes for her rescue mutt, Spud Webb, and was hooked on learning to help build their bond and relationship. She and Spud have taken a particular interest in agility training and are hoping to compete in agility trials in the future.