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Meet the

TEACHERS

Each of our trainers is highly qualified with years of professional experience. While they all come from various backgrounds within the pet care industry and put their own unique spin on the curriculum, what they have in common is their passion for puppies and dedication to setting them up for long-term success through foundational training. 

All of our trainers use positive reinforcement only. 

Abby 

Hi! I’m Abby!

I am originally from Winston-Salem, NC and moved to Charlotte in 2018. I have had a passion for animals since before I can remember, I’ve spent over 5 years working with dogs of all ages and breeds in the pet care industry. I started my own business here in Charlotte called Oh Sit! Dog Walking & Pet Care due to my love for animals! Aside from working with dogs, I have raised two of my own from 8 weeks old, a golden retriever named Bagel & a german shepherd named Draco. I’m so excited to be a part of Puppy Prep and I can’t wait to meet your wonderful puppies!

Judy 

Stacey

Hi my name is Stacey!  I moved to Charlotte 10 years ago with my family from NYC where I was a volunteer with ASPCA and Wagging Tails Dog Rescue.  I have a goldendoodle named Maggie who I personally trained for Good Canine Citizen, Rally 1, and her Therapy Dog International license.  Maggie and I are staff Pet Therapy volunteers at Atrium Health hospitals in the Charlotte area and so many have benefitted from our services in memory care, assisted living, hospice care, nursery school, title 1 schools, and personal therapy for a 5 year old girl with leukemia as she battled and won her three-year battle with cancer.  Yes! Maggie was there when she rang the bell!  Additionally, I have been a whelping foster for South Charlotte Dog Rescue where I have birthed, whelped, fostered, and trained, over 50 healthy, special need, medical case and even blind puppies! My love was to train these puppies to be obedient adoptable dogs for families who will gain wonderful additions to their family!  I also volunteer as an on-call “doggie doula” and trainer at Project2Heal which donates service dogs to disabled veterans and children with special needs.  Suffice to say, I am all about puppies and training!  I am so excited to follow this new path to devote my skills, vast experience, and love for puppies by working with Puppy Preparatory to use compassion and positive reinforcement to train more fur babies to be amazing additions to families and be the best they can be!  

Hello, I am Judy!

Animals have been a lifelong

passion of mine but nothing compares to my love for dogs! As a dog mom to a rescue, I realized how important getting involved was. Before moving to Charlotte, I spent time volunteering with foster puppies in NYC and helped prepare them for their forever homes by working on basic commands and safely socializing them. Working with pups is incredibly rewarding and I love seeing how their personalities flourish. My dog, Nova, and I are so excited to be working with Puppy Preparatory and can't wait to meet your newest furry family member!

Katie

Hi, I'm Katie!
I grew up on a farm in High Point, NC and have had dogs my entire life! I recently purchased my first home in Charlotte and share it with my three year old Shiba Inu named Kira. I've cared for dogs of all breeds and sizes and love teaching them new skills! I started working with dogs in college and once I graduated in 2016, I moved to DC and joined Rover where I gained even more dog and puppy experience. I'm happy to be back in Charlotte and can't wait to meet even more puppy faces through Puppy Preparatory!

Leila 

Mike

Hey, I’m Leila!

I’ve been living in the Queen City since I moved here for college in 2017 but am originally from Fuquay-Varina, NC. I have been a dog lover my entire life and started working with dogs professionally in 2014. Since then, I have learned the ins and outs of puppy training by caring for dogs of all sizes, breeds, and temperaments. In recent years I worked through Rover but am truly passionate about continuing my career by focusing on training & socialization with Puppy Preparatory! I have extra experience administering medication and caring for sick dogs, as my own Maltipoo Boo is partially blind. His disability has taught me even more than I could have previously understood about reading a dog’s behavior and how to cater to their specific needs. Boo and I currently reside in East Charlotte, where we can’t wait to welcome your pup into our happy home!

Hi, I’m Mike!
I moved from the Gulf Coast to the Charlotte area in the fall of 2021. Before moving to
Charlotte, I rescued, rehabilitated, and trained dogs for 4 years. Shortly after arriving in North
Carolina, I opened K9 Adventures, a dog exercise and board and train business. I started K9
Adventures to give dogs the best life possible no matter the size, energy level, or personality. I
believe that every dog is unique and requires customized training that best fits their personality.
Puppy Preperatory does an amazing job at accomplishing this goal by matching each puppy to
the trainer that best fits their needs. I believe that this kind of training is one of the best ways to
put an end to the need for shelters and I am excited to do everything I can to help support that
effort. I look forward to meeting each of you and your unique pup!

Mika 

Hi there, I'm Mika! I live here in Charlotte, in the Ballantyne area. I love helping both animals and people. I've trained and rehabilitated pets and worked with owners to give them the knowledge and confidence to build a common language and stronger relationship. One of my most rewarding experiences working with animals was last year when I rescued six pets- three cats and three dogs from an abandoned apartment after noticing just one of the dogs barking in the window. My dog whined for him and we knew he was asking for help! Since then I've had an even a greater passion for making sure animals are safe and loved. I have trained my pup as an ESA and she loves other dogs. We both can't wait to meet a new furry friend!

Corrie

Hi! I'm Corrisa, but I go by Corrie. Since I was young I've always felt a strong bond with animals, and as I grew it turned into a very special interest and passion of mine. Since then I have always found some way to work with animals either professionally or in my personal life. I started as a dog trainer in 2005, where I learned how to do basic and off leash training, as well as working with protection and search and rescue k-9s. Over the years I've trained dogs for friends and family, was a professional dog walker and pet sitter, and owned a variety of pets myself!
Most recently I've been focusing my attention on my sweet Luci love. She was found just wondering around two years ago and since then I've been showing her the ropes of how to be a wonderful housemate! I love learning to communicate with each new pup and finding what motivates them. Luci loves food and loves to learn, but her eagerness means she needs lots of patience! Every dog is different and wonderful in their own way, and I love to honor that in our training and day to day life!

Ellen

Hi, I’m Ellen! I’m originally from Florida but I’m a Carolina girl at heart! Ever since I can remember, I’ve always shared my home with wagging tails and wet noses! Currently, I’m blessed to have 4 small rescue pups, and my dwarf Rabbit named Winnie! From an early age I always knew caring for animals fulfilled me and I decided to make it a vision for my future. In 2019 I began working at a Positive Reinforcement dog daycare and training facility in Fort Mill, SC and fell in love learning about dog behavior! Now I work part-time at The Inn at Baxter Vet here in Tega Cay, SC where I’ve been able to continue learning about Positive Reinforcement training and became Fear Free certified. I’ve had the privilege of being able to work with all kinds of furry friends ranging from all sorts of sizes, ages, and personalities. I love having the honor of being able to impact dog’s lives in a positive way that will last for their whole lifetime! I am currently pursuing a career to become a Veterinary Technician where I aspire to use my love for animals and knowledge of their behavior to help pets be the happiest and healthiest versions of themselves possible! I’m so thrilled and thankful to be a part of Puppy Preparatory, I can’t wait to meet you! 

Emily

Hi I’m Emily! I moved with my family to the Charlotte area from Florida in 2014. I’ve had the privilege of working alongside our furry friends since 2018 when I began working at a positive reinforcement boarding/training/daycare facility in Tega Cay, SC. I have been working at a veterinary clinic since 2020 where I have been able to grow my knowledge on animal care and meet all sorts of dogs! Furthering my education is very important me as I have recently become Fear-Free Certified and am currently enrolled in an online program to become a Veterinary Technician. My love for dogs began far before any of this, throughout my childhood that was blessed with the company of many pups. Helping dogs is something my family and I have bonded over and value greatly. I currently have 4 small rescue dogs that fill my life with joy and I can’t wait for your puppy to meet them and become the best of friends. I am so grateful to be working with Puppy Preparatory where I’ll be able to make a positive impact during such a vital part of a dogs life: puppyhood! I cannot wait to meet your fluffy family member! 

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Pet First-Aid & CPR Certified

All of our trainers are Pet First-Aid and CPR Certified

Positive reinforcement Only

We are firm believers in the use of positive reinforcement only. We are strong advocates for this method especially when it comes to working with puppies. 

Background Checked

All of Puppy Preparatory's trainers have passed a background check. 

Training in the home

All students are kept in the home and treated like family during training. We believe this is the best way to set puppies up for success post-graduation. All of our trainers are committed to this and no puppy is ever left alone overnight.

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