Ariane grew up in rural Maine surrounded by a variety of companion and farm animals, including German Shepherds and Collie mixes. She is passionate about herding dogs, particularly Australian Shepherds, with their energetic and enthusiastic personalities and their delightful sense of humor.

She rescued her first dog, Jacob (ARCHX Jacob's Allagash Sunrise CL4 ChSN GS-O JS-O RS-N RA RNX  RL1-AOE RL1X2 RL2-AOE RL2X2 RL3-AOE NAJ RATI RATO RA TKP CGC), an Australian Shepherd, and came to PET to train him using positive methods. Jacob was such a joy to work with that Ariane found herself sharing her training knowledge with friends, family, and strangers who would ask about Jacob and his wide variety of skills. This lead to an apprenticeship with PET and then being brought on as an instructor. Ariane is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed. Jacob was such an inspiration that Ariane decided to add a second canine to her family, Skye (ARCHX Outrun's Allagash Evening Skye CL1 CTL1 L1T-PLT JSA-N GSA-N RA RNX RL1-AOE RL1X2 RL2-AOE RL2X2 RL3-AOE RATI RATO RA TKP CGC).

Ariane and her canine partners compete in a variety of canine sports: Disc Dog, Agility, Barn Hunt, Obedience, and Rally Obedience. Both Jacob and Skye have earned their Canine Good Citizen titles and a variety of titles and placements in Agility, Barn Hunt, Disc Dog, Rally, and Trick Dog as well. She qualified with Jacob and Skye for Barn Hunt Nationals in 2014: both dogs placed in the top 50 and advanced to Finals; Skye took second place in one of their qualifying rounds. Both dogs have received invitations to Disc Dog World Finals in Super Pro Toss and Fetch (Skye in 2014 and Jacob in 2015) and they travelled to Georgia in the Fall of 2015 to compete at USDDN World Finals. They travelled to Tennessee in the fall of 2015 to compete in Agility and Rally Obedience at ASCA Nationals. Both dogs have WCRL Rally Championships (ARCHX) and were nationally ranked in the top 20 in 2016. In May of 2017, they performed disc dog and agility on stage with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in their production “Playing with Dogs” at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts.

Ariane is a firm believer in cross training in order to have well rounded dogs; so her dogs are also experienced at Nosework, Freestyle Heelwork, Bikejoring/Urban Mushing, and Tricks, among others. They love to hike and spend time in the outdoors. They also perform demonstrations at a variety of events usually for Disc Dog, Agility, Tricks, and Barn Hunt.

Ariane is the former Secretary and is a current member of the Granite State Disc Dogs and a member of the Yankee Flyer Dog and Disc Club. Ariane is a certified USDDN judge, is qualified as a Skyhoundz head judge, is qualified as an AWI judge, is qualified as a FDDO head judge, and has also judged UpDog Challenge. She volunteers with New England Border Collie Rescue and the Australian Cattle Dog Rescue Association. Ariane is a member of the Australian Shepherd Club of New England where she serves as the Newsletter Coordinator for the New England Aussie. She is also a member of the Australian Shepherd Club of America.

Ariane is a firm believer that training and working with your dog should be fun!!! She loves working with people to help them learn how to train their dog and help them build a better relationship together. For her, every day shared with her canine companions is a fantastic day! Ariane has experience working with anxious, fearful, and reactive dogs and enjoys helping those teams build confidence and a toolbox of skills to help increase their comfort in the world around them.

Ariane, Jacob, and Skye also share their life with two critters of the feline persuasion.

Jeanne Bahan shares her life with an entire pack of animals!  She has been instrumental in rescuing several of them. She has helped numerous animals improve their lives with their humans through a variety of training, as well as behavioral, issues.

She has saved animals in other ways as well … catching loose dogs out running on the street; finding a cat unconscious from a diabetic attack and getting him medical attention that saved his life; giving her love to a customer’s dog in the last days of his life and helping that customer through that difficult time; breaking up dog fights and doing all things humanly possible to ensure the safety of both the dogs involved in the fight. Jeanne’s love of animals (and people) knows no bounds.

Ms. Bahan is the Pied Piper of the Pet Education and Therapy playgroup.  She thinks it's just because of her "hotdogs", but even when the hotdogs are gone, the dogs are following her around because they know an incredible human when they see one! .
Audrey A. Tucker was selected as the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) member of the year in 2003 from approximately 5,000 members nationwide.

She is a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine - Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA) as well as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and a Certified Canine Massage Therapist (CMT). 

She is the past President on the Board of Directors for the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.

Ms. Tucker is a graduate of the American College of Applied Science (previously known as the American Institute for Animal Science) and certified as a Canine Behavior Counselor (CBC) through the College.  She volunteers her time to Belgian Sheepdog Rescue.

Ms. Tucker has been interviewed on local and national radio stations and newspapers covering a variety of canine topics. She is also a guest author on Therapy Dogs in the book "Belgians: Start to Finished.
 
 

Maggie DeSalvo has been entrusted to care for a variety of cats and dogs by both friends and co-workers.  She has even given them taxi rides to the vet and groomer through the streets of New York!

She has rescued a number of animals and worked with them throughout the years and even found wonderful homes for stray animals.

Ms. DeSalvo obviously loves all animals and, for good reason, they love her as well.

Peter Ionno has extensive experience, having worked with service dogs, search-and-rescue dogs, shelter dogs, and also pets. He has socialized puppies, and completed the basic obedience training of numerous German Shepherd dogs that have been successfully placed as working guide dogs throughout the United States and England.

Peter has two dogs of his own, a German Shepherd and a Pit Bull. He’s currently training the Shepherd for search work. The Pit Bull, before Peter rescued him, was nearly euthanized, having been condemned as un-socializable and aggressive by several. There were no shelters willing to take him. Peter adopted him, and he is now a friendly, well-adjusted, and beloved pet.

In the past, Peter has volunteered at several different shelters. In this capacity, he has trained a wide variety of breeds from a wide variety of backgrounds. He has been able to help the shelter dogs using positive reinforcement training which has improved their potential for adoption and their ability to stay in their new home. Peter has a disability specialist degree, and has also trained shelter dogs to perform various service-related tasks.

Peter helps clients use the positive techniques he has implemented with the shelter dogs so that they, too, can realize the benefits with their own dogs.

Terry Lachance is an honors graduate of the Animal Behavior College.

Ms. Lachance has been volunteering her time at the Connecticut Humane Society and has been instrumental in the success of many adopted dogs.

She is a master at teaching dog tricks.  She and her canine companion, Lacey, amaze and delight all who are fortunate to see them "perform".

Ms. Lachance also teaches special needs individuals with various disabilities and challenges on how to train their dogs to be more compatible in a home setting.

Ms. Lachance, as an experienced photographer and long-time featured artist in Connecticut, is now the Pet Photographer for Pet Education and Therapy offering portraits to owners to create lasting memories of their pets.

Joanne started her career 18 years go when she apprenticed with a shelter dog trainer. After a short time, she became a behavior specialist for that shelter which resulted in a 16 year career in shelter behavior.

Joanne has always been very interested in working dogs and has pursued training in search and rescue, detection and dog sports with her own dogs. She has come to believe through her evolution as a trainer that a positive approach to training leads to a stronger relationship and more enjoyable experience between people AND their dogs. Joanne's experience with shelter behavior, pet dog training and working dog training gives her a very well rounded, holistic approach to training and consulting.

Joanne currently shares her home with 2 Dutch Shepherd / Belgian Malinois mixes (Hexa and Azeri) which are trained in detection and dog sports, Hank a Coonhound mix, and Olive a Border Terrier mix.

Ashley interned with Pet Education and Therapy while she was attending college to be a (human) teacher.  As an elementary school teacher, Ashley is uniquely qualified to work with children, to understand their needs and to help them understand the best way to share their life with their new best friend.

Upon graduation from college, Ashley focused on her second love of dog training.  She quickly completed her internship much to the delight of the Pet Education and Therapy staff, the customers and the dogs she has helped.

Ashley shares her life with her beautiful and independent American Eskimo, Misty.

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