Lindsey Reese is the owner and head trainer of Positively Dogs Behavior and Training and is a long time professional in the animal industry. Lindsey has been working with dogs for over 20 years and her experience has allowed her to work hands on with dogs of all breeds, sizes, and temperaments.
Lindsey’s career has included kennel management, professional dog grooming, horse training, canine behavior, and veterinary support care for large and small animals. Her professional dog training career was launched by apprenticing under internationally recognized author and positive trainer Pat Miller. After graduating from Pat Miller’s apprenticeship program in 2004, Lindsey went onto develop behavior and training programs for pet retreats and shelters in Anne Arundel County before launching Positively DOGS in 2011.
Teaching people about dogs and how to interact with them is a passion Lindsey has continued to follow throughout her career. Whether she is mentoring dog trainers working toward certification, teaching pet care staff, or supporting her training students, her eye for detail creates a fun and educational learning environment that is enjoyed by her human and canine students alike.
Lindsey is a member of PPG (Pet Professional Guild) and APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers), in addition to holding certification as a CPDT-KA (Certified Pet Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed), CPDT-KSA (Certified Pet Dog Trainer – Knowledge and Skill Assessed), PMCT (Pat Miller Certified Trainer), and is an affiliated member of Pat Miller’s Peaceable Paws. Attending annual accredited conferences, workshops, and academies are part of her commitment to providing the most up to date training strategies to students.
When not training dogs, Lindsey enjoys calling Annapolis Maryland home where she shares her canine enriched life with her supportive husband, 2 daughters, and Coon Hound named Pickles.
Alexis Bond, CPDT-KA, PMCT
Trainer, Administrative Support
As a lifelong Annapolitan with more than 25 years in the pet care industry, Alexis has been working with pet owners and their dogs not only in veterinary support care, but also through her established dog walking business which was one of the first in Anne Arundel Co. Alexis also enjoys volunteering with the Prince George’s County SPCA for whom she has fostered many puppies.
Alexis has a special interest in helping people and families build a mutually respectful relationship with their dogs. She enjoys the creative process of finding the best mix of mental enrichment and exercise, combined with training and management to create a peaceful home environment for all.
Alexis lives with her three PGSPCA dogs Lizy, Alfie, and Benji and her cats Kitty, Mitty, and Henry who all enjoy positive trick training and enrichment games. Alfie and Benji first brought her to PDOGS where she learned how many humane options there are for dogs like them who were labeled “unadoptable.” She watched it work wonders for her own dogs and will always have a special interest in those adolescent and adult dogs who struggle to fit in.
Alexis is certified as a CPDT-KA (Certified Pet Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed) and as a PMCT (Pat Miller Certified Trainer) in addition to being a professional member of Pet Professional Guild (PPG), the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), and is certified in Pet First Aid and CPR. As a dedicated trainer who practices and promotes science based positive reinforcement training, Alexis is dedicated to her ongoing continuing education and development.
Phyllis Saroff, CPDT-KA, PMCT
Phyllis Saroff is an award winning natural science and children’s illustrator who was introduced to positive reinforcement training methods after she adopted a small, six year old mixed breed dog. She was impressed at how much fun she and her dog had using these methods and how quickly he learned.
In addition to creating illustrations depicting the natural world for magazine and book publishing, Phyllis works as a private art teacher and teaching artist for children in some of Annapolis’ non-profit organizations. She happily brings these teaching skills to the dog training world. Just as she loves to see children accomplish artistic tasks they thought were unattainable, she loves to see people and dogs grasp positive training techniques.
Phyllis began her dog training journey thirty years ago with her Norwich Terrier who earned an AKC Companion Dog title. Since then, Phyllis has embraced positive training techniques which encourage dogs to love learning and engage in problem solving. Her goal is to help dogs thrive in our man-made environments and achieve a high quality of life. Her approach to all teaching is to make learning fun and communication concise. She is especially committed to teaching the dog human team how to apply what they learn in class to daily life.
Phyllis received her dog training education from Pat Miller at Peaceable Paws in Fairplay, Maryland. She became a Pat Miller Certified Trainer in 2018. Phyllis plans on completing her certification to become a Certified Pet Dog Trainer at the national level by the fall of 2019. Phyllis enjoys her two mixed breed rescue dogs who are retired Pet Partner Therapy Dogs. Spud the Norwegian Elkhound shepherd mix, visited children with disabilities who enjoyed reading to him, and the ten pound curly haired Cosmo brought smiles and silliness to hospice patients. Despite their senior status, both dogs love learning new tricks.