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Meet Your Coaches

Lora

PAWS Managing Owner & Founder

Training Program Director

The favorite part of my job is the endless growth opportunities in the industry; for owners, for companions, for business owners, and for employees. It is absolutely remarkable how you can create an adventure out of every single day and never feel like you actually are working if you love and strive for the passion of what you do. I enjoy watching the growth of everyone involved in the process in our programs and being able to be a small part of a companion’s entire life’s journey is simply amazing. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my dogs doing what they each love and enjoy doing – hiking, trialing, camping – whatever adventure they bring us as well as spending time with my family as a whole.

Certifications: IACP-CDT, CDTA | AKC Certified Evaluator | Certified K9 Fitness Coach | APDT Professional Member

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Marj

PAWS  Administrator

Class Instructor

My favorite part about my job is leading our Puppy Preschool Program and watching the

transformation that the puppies do in just a short 6-week session. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my dogs, doing dog sports, obedience, and rally.

Certifications:IACP member | AKC Certified Evaluator | TDI Certified Evaluator

Brianna

General Manager

Class Instructor

My favorite part of my job is seeing the owners and dogs have fun during training, as well as helping owners find the next step for their dogs. In my free time, I enjoy teaching my dogs new things, trying new dog sports with them, and spending time with my family. 

Certifications: AKC Evaluator | IACP Affiliate Member | APDT Professional Member

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Sam W.

Camp K9 Lead

ADK Air Dogs Club Lead

My favorite part about my job is watching the dogs succeed and achieving their goals. In my free time, I love doing dock diving events with my pup and teaching others how to dock dive!

Certifications: IACP Affiliate Member | AKC Certified Evaluator

Sydney

K9 Coach

My favorite part about my job is working with the owners and dogs to reach a goal! I also enjoy working with a dog to find what fulfills them. In my free time, I like to hike with my dogs. 

Certifications: IACP Affiliate Member

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Maddie 

K9 Coach

My favorite part about my job is seeing the light switches go off in dogs’ minds when everything finally clicks and it’s almost as if they say “oh, I got this!” I also love seeing dogs achieve certain goals or overcome fears/obstacles they face. I’m an animal person, so I try to spend my time with other animals and also learn in my free time. 

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Ashley

K9 Coach

I love seeing our clients' dogs grow into amazing citizens during their time with us. Watching things click for these dogs and seeing the bond it brings between them and their handlers is unlike anything else. I enjoy anything outdoors, especially hiking with my dogs, being in the GRC club here at PAWS and riding my horses. I am also a small business owner at Horse Sense NY where I create team-building activities for all kinds of people through life lessons from horses. 

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Jonathan

K9 Coach

My favorite part about my job is working with dogs and with an awesome team and learning from both the dogs and my teammates. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my own pack (human and canine) and playing music.

Haley

K9 Coach

My favorite part of my job is watching the dog thrive through biological fulfillment to achieve their goals. I also enjoy e-collar work with dogs to help with off leash freedoms. And enjoy nature and adventure between the human and canine. Nature has the biggest impact on our canine friends, keeping them as free spirited as they can be. In my free time, I enjoy being around friends, family, and dogs. I also enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking, fishing, and traveling. 

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Sam G.

Grooming Salon Lead

My favorite part of my job is seeing the owners' faces when they see their dog for the first time after their first full groom. In my free time, I really enjoy hiking and being with my dogs.

Taylor

Class Instructor

My favorite part about my job is watching something click between the dog and the handler for the first time and seeing the happiness it brings both of them. In my free time, I like to adventure with my dog and friends! Even better if we get to crack a craft beer along the journey! When I’m not adventuring or doing dog sports, you can find me playing a round of golf.

Certifications: Certified Trick Dog instructor | AKC Certified Evaluator

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Bri

PAWS Owner and Founder

Adventure Dog Lead

My favorite part about my career with canines is the opportunity to connect with nature and education. Then, share that with others. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, dog sports, camping and spending time with family and friends.

Certifications: IACP Affiliate | AKC Certified Evaluator | Pet Tech First Aid Certified 

Jenn

PAWS Owner

Adirondack GRC Club Lead

Aside from my full time job, I enjoy spending time with the PAWS family, involvement in events and seminars, and helping to provide fun, fulfillment, and education. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my two American Pit Bull Terriers doing resistance training, GRC club meets, swimming/dock diving, pack walks with friends, training and learning. 

Certifications: Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) | Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) | IACP Affiliate Member 

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