School is open!

Welcome to DHU!

Come experience our exciting new dog daycare, where your dog will be stimulated, rested, educated and yes, partied!

Meet the Trainers

Nichole – Training Manager

Nikki - Training Manager

Nichole TeSelle is a certified trainer who joined Doggy Haven in March of 2017.  In December 2019 she became the training manager.  Nikki teaches Levels classes, along with providing private lessons on-site and training staff members all about dog training and behavior. Nikki stays current on the latest in positive reinforcement training and theory by attending seminars and workshops throughout the Northwest, she especially enjoys behavioral work with rescue dogs that are getting a second chance at life, and setting puppies up for success with her Puppy Social and Teen Hangout program.

Ever since she was young, Nikki had a passion for animals and knew her dream would be to train animals someday.  Growing up as the only child in a family with lots of pets meant she was able to create strong bonds with her animals, who she thought of as her siblings and friends. She transferred this passion into a career by attending the Karen Pryor Academy’s Dog Trainer Professional Program, which is an intense school of canine behavior and positive training methods, once she graduated she earned her Certified Training Partner of Karen Pryor Academy (KPA-CTP).  Nikki is also an active member of APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers) and the Fear Free program, which creates a positive with vet visits and husbandry care.  Nikki has received her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed); and is an evaluator for the AKC CGC (Canine Good Citizen) program.

Nikki - Training Manager

Jess

Jess and PJ

Jess started at Doggy Haven in February of 2017 as a Resort Companion, and is now currently a Lead. She has an extensive background in retail, as well as experience working at a vet clinic. Jess has been an animal lover all her life, and spent 10 years in 4-H in her home state of Minnesota raising sheep, goats, and llamas on her grandfather’s farm, as well as hanging out with the various exotic animals he had, including a yak and camel. She also trained and showed her Mini Schnauzer in the 4-H dog training program with great success.

Nowadays, Jess enjoys hanging out with her boyfriend and dog (super shelter mutt PJ) and enjoying hikes and nature walks. She also shares her home with two rats (Archie and Billy). Her hobbies include pretty much any craft or art project that strikes her fancy, (crochet, drawing, painting, sewing, taxidermy, cosplay, etc…) going to thrift stores, and playing video games.

Her favorite part of working at Doggy Haven is how well everyone gets along, and how much the dogs love it there. She comes home smelling like dog every day, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. 😉

Jess and PJ

Shayla

Shayla and Franklin

Shayla joined the Doggy Haven team as a Resort Companion in July of 2018, since then, she’s become a lead and most recently began her journey in becoming a dog trainer.

Shayla has always had a passion for dogs, she has always had a dog in her life.  Dogs were such a passion that Shayla was a trusted dog walker and sitter for all her friends and family before even joining Doggy Haven.

Shayla is excited to keep up with the latest positive reinforcement training trends and is currently studying for her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer), she teaches Levels classes and loves working with dogs.  Most days, you will find Shayla helping staff members learn more about dogs and appropriate play along with training client dogs for Daycare & Train and Board & Train services.  Shayla also often helps Nikki with some of her behavioral private lessons which is a huge interest of Shayla’s as well.

When Shayla is not at Doggy Haven, she is most likely at a dog park hanging out with her best friend Franklin (supermutt). Franklin is a rescue from California and loves Shayla almost as much as he loves swimming (which is a lot!). In her free time Shayla enjoys painting, hiking, traveling, and reading training related books.

Shayla and Franklin

Kim Hunter

Kim - Trainer

Kim Hunter joined the training team spring of 2019 working closely with Kim Lepic, Nikki TeSelle, and Jen Schooler. She is currently teaching Levels classes.

Kim has been a volunteer at Homeward Pet Adoption Center since 2016.  She is on their behavior team working with both cats and dogs, helping the more fearful ones build confidence and trust. She has a certification in Applied Animal Behavior through the University of Washington-UW-AAB.  Kim is also Fear Free level 1 certified and certified in pet first aid and CPR. She is dedicated to continuing to learn the most modern science-based training methods by attending seminars, conferences, and online courses and workshops.

Kim lives in Woodinville with her husband, their dog Baxter, 4 cats: Chewy, Trixie, Aymie, and Coal, a handful of chickens, and bunny Lulu. Having always loved animals and growing up with many over the years, she has found her passion helping humans have a better understanding and a deeper bond with their dogs, and even cats, through positive reinforcement training. In her spare time she likes walking nature trails with Baxter, going to Seahawks games, reading, and traveling to any place sunny a few times a year.

Kim - Trainer

 

School is open!

Welcome to DHU!

Come experience our exciting new dog daycare, where your dog will be stimulated, rested, educated and yes, partied!

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