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ROBIN CROCKER:

Robin is the Owner of Telling Tails and Yellow Snow Dog Gear.  She also serves on the Board of Assistance Canine Training Services and is their Administrator and Head Trainer.  Prior to Telling Tails, Robin owned a pet friendly Inn for 20 years.  She has been teaching dog obedience classes for 20+ years.  Most of Robin’s experience comes from raising and training service dogs which she had done for over 20 years with both A.C.T.S. and NEADS.  Robin attended the Volhard Training Camp and Instructors Course and has had training in a wide variety of clinics, conferences, and seminars.  Her education includes a BA in Education and MBA in Business Management.  She has raised and trained countless Service Dogs and Facility Therapy Dogs, as well as her own dogs who have competed in AKC Rally, Obedience, and Scentwork.  Robin has also competed in the breed ring with her current Flat Coated Retriever, Kit who holds several titles including her Grand Championship.  Kit has also completed AKC titles in scentwork, and tricks.  She has had one beautiful litter of eight puppies.  Robin teaches primarily upper level classes:  CGC, Therapy Dog Class, Service Dog Class, and Tricks Class.  She is an AKC CGC Evaluator.

MARIANNE FINNEY:

Marianne is a graduate of Animal Behavior College, which is an extensive program that focuses on animal behavior and problem solving. In addition to teaching group classes she also offers private lessons to those who prefer one on one training, or to those whose dog's behavioral problems are not addressed in a class setting.  She spent several years volunteering at the Conway Area Humane Society where she helped to train the less adoptable dogs become more adoptable. She worked at German Shepard rescue, which is an organization that took in dogs that would otherwise be euthanized due to behavioral problems. That facility no longer takes in animals. She is a volunteer and board member at Loki Clan Wolf Refuge, which rescues abused, unwanted, neglected and abandoned wolves and wolf dogs. Marianne is teaching Clicker Training 101 and Reactive Dog Class.

MALLORY HATTIE:

Mallory has been training people to train their dogs since 1999.  A Maine native, she learned her trade in New York, assisting classes at Happy Tails in Brooklyn, and at St. Hubert's Dog Training School in Madison, NJ while attending numerous seminars with Patricia McConnell, Jean Donaldson, and many more experts in the field.  From 2000 to 2002 Mallory and her dog, Fender, were a therapy dog team at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, NY.  Mallory became a certified, professional dog trainer in 2003 and a certified Wag It Games instructor in 2015.  She gave in-home lessons in New York City until 2004, when she returned to Maine. Since then she continues to give in-home lessons to clients in southern Maine and supervises Puppy Play Groups at the Planet Dog store in Portland and runs classes in Gorham through the Recreation Department.   Mallory is dedicated to positive reinforcement training.  Besides teaching Pet Dog 101, 102, Puppy Kindergarten and Wag It Games classes, Mallory is also the scheduling director for Telling Tails.

NANCI HAYES:  Nanci has always had Dalmatians.  Influenced by her grandparents who had a Dalmatian, she got her first in 1976.  In 1992 she got her second Dalmatian, Max, and became involved in competitive obedience.  Max and Nanci earned their CD in 1994.  In 2000 Nanci purchased her third Dalmatian, Lucky.  Lucky and Nanci competed and earned their CD in 2003.  Lucky was working toward her CDX when her life tragically ended.  Fortunately, Lucky’s first litter of puppies included two Dalmatians that Nanci kept.  Blizzard and Dancer started their training immediately and were competing in Rally Obedience by the age of one.  Both Blizzard and Dancer have received their CD’s, and both have their Rally RAE titles.  When Dancer received her Rally RAE title she was one of only ten Dalmatians in the country to finish that title.  In 2010 Dancer was recognized by the Dalmatian Club of America Top Spot by placing in the top 10 highest scoring Dalmatians in the country for open obedience.  Four of her Dalmatians received their Therapy Dog certifications and did therapy work.   Nanci trains under Pat Scribner, Sherry Briton, Kris Thober, Lynn Mayo, and  Judge Donna Cassista.   Nanci has been teaching Rally Obedience for three years and has attended several Rally-O seminars.  Nanci is a member of Saccarappa  Obedience Club, The Dalmatian Club of America, The Dalmatian Club of Southern New England, and The Carroll County Kennel Club.   Nanci is the owner of Yankee Appraisals and enjoys skiing, snowmobiling, and time on Sebago Lake.  Nanci will be teaching AKC Rally classes.  She is an AKC Rally judge and provisional Novice Obedience judge.

GINNY HOWE:  Ginny has been competing in dogs sports for over 30 years including obedience, tracking, agility, and skijoring, earning numerous titles on different breeds including a saluki, golden retriever, springer spaniel, belgian tervurens, and a pyrenean shepherd. In 2016 she discovered Nose Work and attended 2 week-long camps with the founders of the sport. She then traveled to Columbia, Maryland to attend the Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) course learning the K9 Nose Work® teaching method. After a year of training she earned her CNWI certification. Since then she has also become an AKC Scent Work judge, a NACSW ORT judge, and president of the Dog Tracking Club of Maine. In 2019 she is hosting 9 scent work trials in Maine and has been instrumental in growing the sport in northern New England. Her focus is using scent work not only as a competitive sport but also for a dog’s mental enrichment, increased confidence, and reducing anxiety. In the words of Nose Work founder Ron Gaunt, “I enjoy helping people discover how amazing their dogs really are.”

Ginny Howe

GREGORY S LAGIOS:
Greg has earned the advanced certification of Certified Behavior Consultant Canine-Knowledge Assessed, CBCC-KA, from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, CCPDT. The CCPDT is headquartered in New York, New York. Greg joins only 213 Canine Professionals worldwide to hold this advanced certification as of the time of this writing.
Greg specializes in complex behavior problems like bite, charge, guard, stalk, phobias, compulsions, and anxiety. He also teaches group classes such as puppy, beginner, intermediate, advanced, trick, CGC or Canine Good Citizen, and Therapy.
Greg rotates through various shelters in Maine and NH and helps less adoptable dogs become more adoptable. He also conducts private in-home 1 on 1 consultations. Greg stays current on canine sciences and behavior through his continuing education efforts.

SHEILA McDONOUGH:
Sheila has worked for 15 years in the horse industry managing professional dressage barns, teaching and training human and equine students. Working with all types and temperaments of horses and their humans cemented the importance of consistency and patience in handling and training as well as the value in trying to see the world from the animal's point of view. This experience helped when raising her dog Luna, an opinionated but timid mini Aussie. They started doing agility as a way to have fun together. Training in agility with Dawn Osmond has improved Luna's confidence vastly, and now they are addicted! Sheila spends most days on the farm, spinning, weaving, knitting and felting the fiber from her five alpaca geldings. She has even spun yarn from Luna's undercoat, although it took a year's worth of brushing!

KIRSTEN BROWN:   
Kirsten is our marketing representative who has been with us since July 2010.  She is responsible for our advertising, social media accounts, printed materials, store inventory and facility needs.  Kirsten has been doing marketing since the late 80’s when she worked for the hotel industry, then a bank, owned her own retail business and now works full time for Telling Tails and Yellow Snow Dog Gear.  Kirsten loves all types of animals.  She has two Belgian Malinois dogs, a cat and a rabbit.  Her daughter's love of pigs lead her to start Wiley Mountain Farm and over the years has raised dozens of pigs for showing, breeding or market. You might bump into Kirsten at many of the local pet related events running our booth or just out calling on local veterinary offices, groomers or pet shops.  Be sure to stop her and say hello, she is thrilled to talk to any dog enthusiast or just someone who loves their dog!

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Telling Tails Training Center
Robin's White Mt Dogs, LLC
285 Main St.
Fryeburg, ME  04037

207-642-3693

Email:  yellowsnowdoggear@roadrunner.com

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373 Green Hill Rd., Center Conway, NH  03813

             

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