Liz Shore, UW-AAB
Dog Behavior Specialist – Sarasota
Animals were always a passion for her, but at 16 years old, when Liz got her first job at a pet store, she started to learn and understand dogs. Later, while in college, Liz took a psychology class as an elective to her Marine Science program. She realized her passion and fascination with behavior in that first psychology class and switched majors. In the spring of 2011, Liz earned her BA in Psychology from Coastal Carolina University, focusing on behavior management. In the fall of 2020, she earned her Certification in Applied Animal Behavior from the University of Washington.
Liz has been a professional dog trainer for ten years and has an incredible ability to understand the dogs she works with and the people. Her passion for training and love of dogs continue to drive Liz daily. In training, communication is key, so it is no surprise that one of her biggest goals is to help the dogs and their people communicate effectively. Liz hopes to see every dog and its owners living happy, confident lives with trust and understanding between them.
Training Instructor – Osprey
Tracey’s journey in dog training began at the age of 8 when he took his young farm collie to a basic obedience class. After his first taste of training, he enrolled in as many classes as possible. Eventually, he developed into a specialist in bird hunting dogs. Throughout his 50+ years of experience in training, he has earned his title as one of the “Top Five Trainers in the South” (Garden & Gun Magazine).
His love of recreational bird hunting turned into training every weekend in high school with bird hunting breeds. His first job in the industry occurred naturally when he was invited to a hunting club and was offered a training position on the spot after the owner saw him in action. From that point, his reputation grew across the country, and he was called to several states, where he began focusing on the behavioral correction.
Tracey’s training ideology is to think like a dog, but only the smartest. Now that he is working with dogs who are pets, he’s driven by his ability to make parents proud to say, “That’s my dog; I’m comfortable taking them anywhere with me.”
Joan Maund, CDT
Training Instructor – Sarasota & Osprey
Joan has worked, trained, and volunteered with dogs for over 15 years. While working on her psychology degree, she adopted a 2-year-old German Shepard with severe separation anxiety and behavioral issues. Already working as a pet sitter, dog walker, and agility trainer, she began working with trainers to help her German Shepard. She realized that human and dog psychology were the same, so after graduating, she got her professional dog trainer certification through the International Association of Canine Professionals in 2009. Since then, she has devoted herself to helping dogs and those who love them.
She has competed and trained in agility, earning excellent titles on two of her dogs, one of the highest designations for competition. She has taught classes on puppy, basic obedience, behavioral modification, agility, and all AKC CGC titles. She has trained and graduated from therapy and service dogs. She has taken classes and worked with other trainers in nose work, rally, freestyle, and utility, as well as attending seminars to stay current on the newest and best training philosophies. A volunteer at numerous shelters over the last 15 years, she is currently volunteering at the Humane Society of Sarasota County and Satchel’s Last Chance Resort and Rescue.
She believes dogs learn best through positive reinforcement, consistency, and giving dogs the ability to problem solve and make the right choices with our guidance.