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


Beginning with Basics / The Next Step / Puppy Playschool / Agility / 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 is one of our more versatile trainers as she is able to teach agility, obedience, clicker, as well as private training 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. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree and enjoys training with her dogs in agility and doing visits with her therapy dog, Holly.

Heather Wark


Head Agility Trainer

Heather began training dogs professionally over 2 decades ago in Vancouver, BC. Although positive reinforcement training wasn’t widely popular in dog training at the time, she took, as part of her professional development, some of the first puppy socialization classes available, as well as tricks for movies classes, musical freestyle classes, competitive obedience classes and agility classes from instructors who were using exclusively positive techniques to train dogs.


Driven with curiosity from these early experiences, she went on to complete her BSc in Psychology with a thesis and coursework in the area of animal conditioning and learning followed by Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education. During the past 20 years she has attended numerous seminars, workshops and conferences with many world class dog trainers such as Ian Dunbar, Jean Donaldson, Karen Pryor, and Patricia McConnell.


After placing 3rd overall in the NADAC Nationals in 1999 with her novice dog Tilley (Australian Shepherd), Heather narrowed her focus to Agility training. In 2000, she had the opportunity to attend a 4 day agility workshop with Susan Garrett in Winnipeg which changed the course of her training and teaching. Since then, she has traveled to work with Susan on numerous occasions for lessons, workshops and seminars. She enrols in online classes perpetually to continue to learn, extend and shape new ideas to support her students and their dogs. Heather has designed and led our agility program since its inception using Susan Garrett’s internationally acclaimed training programs as their foundation for curriculum content and design. Heather has worked with dogs of many different breeds and sizes over the years and currently runs a small mixed breed dog and a miniature poodle in agility.



Beginning with Basics / The Next Step


Mike has been training with Anne-Marie for over 5 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.

Tammy W. CPDT-KA

Puppy Playschool / Agility

Tammy shares her home with two former shelter dogs, and through her work with them discovered a love of dog training.  Tammy joined The Dog Classroom Demo Team when her dog, then puppy Hazel, was barely 9 months old.  Tammy also works her dogs in Agility, Canine Conditioning, Parkour, Musical Freestyle and most recently Rally-Freestyle.

She is competing with her current agility dogs Hazel and Darryl in NADAC, USDAA and AAC and is working towards Rally-Freestyle titles as well.

Tammy is now a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and continued to further her experience and education through programs at Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, Susan Garrett's Handling360 and Agility Nation programs, and other online and in-person courses. She has also started her own business, PAWSitively Social, to socialize puppies and provide dog walk-and-train services.

Melissa G. CPDT-KA

Agility / Rally Freestyle / Tricks / Parkour

Melissa is a Human Resources Director by day and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) by night! She enjoys training her dogs Tibi, Mimic, and Aldo in classes like Agility, Scent Games, and Rally Freestyle. 

Melissa enjoys the finer details of training and continues to hone her specialty skills through Susan Garrett's Handling360 and Agility Nation programs, as well as taking various courses at Fenzi Dog Sports Academy.

Cassandra E.


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. 

Shavonn D.


Beginning with Basics

Shavonn is one of our newest trainers. She has been apprenticing 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.



Agility Trainer


Maria enjoys working with dogs and their people. She is always happy to help out while she continues to learn herself. Her focus is on keeping her dogs healthy, happy and engaged through training, conditioning and agility. She knows firsthand how positive dog training can improve the life of your dog!


-Obedience Training

-Private Training

-Agility Training

-Reactive Dog Training

-Behaviour Consultations

...and more!


290 Hazelwood Drive
Thunder Bay, ON P7G 1Y4


Tel:  807-476-6646

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