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Our team

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Alyssa Craig, CPT
Owner and Head Trainer

Alyssa is driven to help build the best relationships possible with her clients and their dogs, improve her own development as trainer and competitor, and operate a caring and hospitable work environment for her clients and employees. 

She competes with her Belgian Malinois, Dare, in the protection sport PSA, and consistently attends conferences and builds relationships across the east coast to be the most well-rounded trainer she can be.

Certifications
  •  National K-9 School for Dog Trainers:

    • Basic Obedience​ (on leash)

    • Advanced Obedience (off leash)

    • Puppy Development

    • Behavior Modification

    • Utility

    • Breed Identification

    • Scent Detection

    • Tracking/Trailing

    • Soft-Mouth Retrieval

    • Personal Protection

    • Police K9

  • Certified evaluator for AKC Canine Good Citizen, STAR Puppy, Urban CGC, and Community Canine

  • Certified evaluator for Therapy Pets Unlimited

  • Certified by the American Red Cross in animal first aid and CPR

  • Member of the International Association of Canine ProfessionalsNational K-9 Dog Trainers' Association

  • Evaluator for Therapy Pets Unlimited

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Jess Fogliano

Trainer

Jess has several years of experience in the pet care industry including time spent building a successful dog walking business in Fairmount, volunteering with the SPCA, and completing her apprenticeship with DareDevil!

 

She enjoys spending time with her cattle dog mix, Bowie, who she's taught several tricks (including Get Me a Beer) and hopes to at some point pursue agility with him. You will also see her cat side-kick Karen schooling the dogs in her care!

Jess is certified in animal CPR and first aid through the Red Cross, is an active member of the International Association of Canine Professionals, and is currently working towards completing her Foundation Dog Trainer Certification, and is continuing her education by attending seminars and studying under world-class trainers such as Tony Stokes, Jason Vasconi, Heather Beck. 

Sami Snyman

Trainer

 

Sami began her dog training apprenticeship in 2016, after a lifelong obsession with human and animal behavior. In 2020, she began working as a trainer for Northeastern K9 before joining the Daredevil team in 2022. 

 

Over the last 8 years, Sami has focused intensely on the improvement of the physical and mental health of dogs in her care.  With focused attention to behavior-based cases, such as anxiety, fearfulness, and aggression, Sami is passionate about improving the mental health of not only her client dogs, but their handlers as well. She prides herself on her ongoing education of animal wellness and human mental health to help households find balance in a way that fits their own unique needs. 

 

Sami also enjoys cultivating her education and craft around canine socialization and wellness. She loves educating clients on how to better communicate with their dog through body language and touch. She has worked over the years with her own dogs on social integration, and enjoys passing along these skills to clients looking to improve their own dog’s relationships at home. 

 

In her free-time, Sami lives with her three dogs and enjoys physical conditioning activities, hiking, and traveling (when not curled up on the couch). She currently competes in PSA with her dog, Trout, at Greater Philadelphia PSA Club, and is a current member of the IACP. 

 

Certifications, Memberships + Recent Education:

-Current member of the IACP

-Certified in Animal CPR + First Aid

-Teach Calm + Guide with Heather Beck (2023)

-Open Field Socialization with Jason Vasconi (2023)

-Reward Based Workshop with Tony Stokes (2024)

-Canine Kinaesthetic Movement Markers Workshop with Maryna Ozuna (2024)

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Jamie Newkirk

Training Assistant

 

Jamie is the newest addition to our team, and is looking forward to begining her training as a Trainer!

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