Meet Our Trainers

Dana Mongillo, CPDT

Head Trainer I am the head dog trainer at Fuzzy Buddy’s Dog Daycare, as well as the owner.  I love sharing information and ideas about training dogs. My goal as a dog trainer is to inspire people to work training into their everyday lives with their dogs. Dog training should not feel like a chore. It should be fun time that you and your dog spend together. Ultimately, my goal is to help create happy families, where the dogs and the human family members understand each other and respect each other.

I use positive-reinforcement based methods because I have found those methods to be an efficient and enjoyable way to build a good relationship between dog and human. Positive dog training appeals both to the side of me that loves its scientific foundation in learning theory and the side of me that feels that the relationship a person can have with an animal is profoundly magical and fulfilling in a way that science cannot explain. My educational experience includes working with many great positive dog trainers and attending many seminars, workshops, and conferences. My favorite experiences include clicker training chickens at a Bob Bailey workshop and going through Pat Miller’s training academy in Tennessee. I believe that continuing education is important to my growth as a dog trainer so I attend one or more conferences each year.  I am always excited to learn more about training techniques and dog behavior. I am a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, which means I passed an exam administered by the National Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (www.ccpdt.org) You can reach me directly with any questions about my training classes at training@fuzzybuddys.com.

Please note: I no longer do private consults for behavior challenges. For private consults, please contact Brooke Hirst, Patty Glynn or Julie Sharp.

Brooke Hirst, Trainer

My passion in life is anything and everything critter-like. Growing up we have always had pets and a foster or two. My first experiences in the animal field were volunteering at the Seattle Humane Society when I was 13. They even offered me my first job as a day camp assistant– a great experience. Though these days I find my life a lot more cramped, I still find room to continue helping out at the Humane Society. After being a bit of a drifter, my pets and I have finally settled. I do not see myself doing anything other than working with animals– nothing is going to change that now. I’ve been working at Fuzzy Buddy’s since June 2010 and I love getting to see all my furry friends!

You can email Brooke directly with any questions about her classes or to set up a private consult.