AKC Certified Dog Trainer for CGC
Martin began studying dog training as a member of the Casco Bay dog training club throughout the 90’s. From there he went on to start a career with Petsmart as a dog training instructor. In 2007 he was promoted to the position of Area Trainer where he was responsible for training and certifying all dog trainers in the district he was assigned to. During his time as Area Trainer Martin certified with The AKC as a CGC evaluator, and is qualified to train students and administer the CGC certification test. Martin has now brought his 25+ years of experience to HPU where he looks forward to helping you with all of your training needs.
Assistant Day Care Manager and Trainer
Ashley brings several years of experience with dog daycare and canine behavior to Happy Paws Unleashed. During her time working with the daycare packs, she has developed a strong interest and passion for dog training. She has spent the last few months working and learning with Martin to further her knowledge of dog training and ethology. She looks forward to continuing to learn, train and care for all the dogs who come into HPU.
Daycare Pack Leader & Apprentice Dog Trainer
Sintija started her canine career as a dog handler with a local breeder where she learned how to handle dogs in a pack environment. She learned how to control and direct the dogs while keeping a peaceful and harmonious atmosphere during the breeding and birthing operation of the business.
Sintija has brought her dog handling knowledge to Happy Paws Unleashed where she has continually demonstrated a passion for working with dogs and an endless desire to learn everything she can. Sintija’s work ethic and skill level has been a key element in promoting her to Pack Leader in the Daycare environment. Her hard work and enthusiasm continue to consistently be recognized and Sintija has been promoted to Dog Training Apprentice. She has begun studying with Martin and is working toward earning her certifications as a CGC evaluator with the AKC. Sintija will soon be teaching training classes and is currently working with our daycare clients in our training program.
Daycare Pack Leader & Trainer
Brad comes to HPU with several years of dog training experience in the southern Maine area. He has worked with dogs at an advanced level with the goal of passing their CGC test. He brings with him the belief that no matter how old a dog is, it’s never too late to start training! Whether it’s a new puppy or an older aggressive dog, he will find their sweet spot and understand how to bring out the best in them. Brad is happy to join HPU to work alongside Martin & team with his training techniques that are consistent with the overall HPU training program.
Denise has been working with rescue and purebred dogs as a certified trainer since 2007 (Certificate in Training & Counseling, San Francisco SPCA’s Academy for Dog Trainers). Specializing in anxiety cases, she uses a holistic approach to training which combines positive reinforcement training with Tellington Ttouch, sense discovery and nutritional therapy. A happy, healthy, well-adjusted dog will bring lifelong companionship and help you to live your best life.
Available for private sessions only.