Meet the Trainers

Owner of All Dogs Allowed – Professional Dog Trainer – Lead Group Class Instructor – Behavior Specialist – Pet Sitter

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Meagan has an extensive background which includes working with owned and homeless dogs in 5 states: Alabama, Maine, Georgia, Utah, and North Carolina. She now lives in Cary, NC with her long-term boyfriend, Jeff, and their “gargoyle” mix, Porkchop. Before moving to the Triangle, she worked in southern Utah for Best Friends Animal Society with dogs who had been deemed too extreme (medically or behaviorally) for adoption at their former shelter. She has aided in the successful rehabilitation of dogs rescued from puppy-mills, dogfighting operations (including the Michael Vick dogs), hoarding, and abuse/neglect. Meagan has experienced firsthand the canine-human bond that is created through training, is dedicated to helping dogs and their owners share in that fabulous experience, and believes training should be fun whenever possible.

Meagan is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She is also an evaluator for the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test and the APDT’s Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S) test. She continues to expand her knowledge through conferences, workshops, academies, and seminars taught by industry professionals and enjoys working towards various dog training certifications. In her spare time, she volunteers for local animal welfare organizations and proactive rescues, is learning German and American Sign Language, is a hard-core video gamer, and knows a little too much about the Lord of the Rings.

Professional Dog Trainer – Lead Behavior Specialist

L-Trainer-Bio-7312Lindsay joins All Dogs Allowed with a background in animal rescue efforts which includes working with dogs of all breeds and temperaments at one of the most run down and underfunded shelters in North Carolina. She is also a core volunteer for Best Friend Pet Adoption, a local all-foster rescue group. She lends her professional photography, marketing and training skills to BFPA and spends much of her time working with the foster dogs in their care. After experiencing first hand, the impacts of positive reinforcement training, Lindsay made it her mission to not only spread the message of science based training, but to expand her knowledge so she could deliver it herself. Being a part of BFPA allows her to help get dogs into good homes, and joining ADA has allowed her to share techniques that ensure these dogs remain a part of their families and are not given up due to behavior issues. Lindsay continues to expand her knowledge through conferences, workshops, academies and seminars taught by industry professionals. Her specialties include private training with reactive, shy and fearful dogs as well as providing support to clients who are integrating a new dog into their home.

Lindsay currently lives in Durham with her husband, Jason, and beloved rescue dog, Sage. When she isn’t working at her full time marketing job, volunteering for BFPA or training at ADA, she can be found hiking in the woods with Sage and her camera.

Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Group Class Instructor – Pet Sitter

Amanda grew up in Maryland surrounded by animals, specifically dogs and horses. Her favorite thing to do growing up was to go to her grandparent’s house to help take care of their farm. Amanda has been working with animals for over 11 years. She began working in a kennel right out of high school and immediately developed a passion for professional animal care. After working in a shelter and adopting a challenging shelter dog, she became interested in dog training. Amanda has recently completed the dog training certification program for Catch Canine Dog Training Academy. She is very excited to be working at All Dogs Allowed and looks forward to helping build strong relationships between dogs and their owners. Amanda has lived in Raleigh for the last few years. In her free time, Amanda enjoys reading and hiking with her four dogs, Kahlua, Remy, Dallas, and Dobby.

“I have taken Amanda’s puppy class would absolutely recommend her 100%. She would keep the class moving as a whole, but also tailor needs to the individual puppies and owners as they are as different as they are the same. I feel very fortunate to have had Amanda’s knowledge and talent as the foundation that has shaped my puppy into the great dog he is today. Amanda loves dogs and uses her keen sense of what the dogs are thinking to translate to you, so you are able to learn how to then teach and handle your dog. Thank you, Amanda, for all the encouragement and all the advice in addition to the class. Max is a highly sociable, mostly good, happy goofball thanks to you. :)” -Catherine Daras
“We could not be more pleased with our decision to attend a puppy training class, with Amanda as our instructor”. Amanda was knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and we felt very comfortable with her training methods. The educational interaction and guidance that Amanda offered all the participants of the class, both as a group and individually, was wonderful. We really enjoyed that the emphasis of each class was to make training time fun for your puppy, and the importance of ending each session on a positive experience. Amanda always encouraged questions and made sure that everyone had training material to take home for additional home instruction. We are confident to say that after attending Amanda’s Puppy Class, we had the knowledge and confidence to teach our puppy several basic commands and establish a solid foundation for further training.” -Ruth Lewis

Professional Dog Trainer – Group Class Instructor – Fourth Year Vet Student

ada-haleyHaley currently splits her time between Raleigh and High Point, NC with her two Great Danes, Riley and Pepper, two snakes, and a large sassy lizard. She spends most of her time as a fourth-year student at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, but has also pursued continuing education to become a Fear Free Certified Professional, Low-Stress Handling Silver Certified through the late Dr. Sophia Yin’s program, and has completed a 100-hour certification course in Canine Nutrition through the Academy of Natural Health Sciences. Haley has experience working with animals in many settings, including zoos and sanctuaries, in-home pet sitting, animal shelters, veterinary hospitals, and farms. She also has specialized training in behavior modification for large carnivores and non-human primates, as well as dogs and cats.

As a future veterinarian, Haley is passionate about building better relationships between dogs and owners through training, as well as improving veterinary care via positive reinforcement and counter-conditioning techniques. She has been inspired by her unique position as both a dog trainer and veterinary student to develop a holistic approach to dog training, which emphasizes positive science-based methods, interdisciplinary communication, and focus on the human-animal bond in order to produce well-rounded dogs and happy owners. In her spare time, Haley enjoys hiking and camping with her dogs, reading, and caring for her strange menagerie of reptile friends.

Owner of Serenity Pet Massage – Registered Veterinary Technician – HTA-AP® and Reiki Practitioner – Certified Pet Food Nutrition Specialist – Pet Tech Instructor

melanieMelanie is a partner with All Dogs Allowed through her company Serenity Pet Massage. She started her career of working with animals as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She spent over 30 years working in various animal hospital settings; large/small animal combined, small animal, feline only, and a veterinary surgical practice. She began her interest in helping animals live healthier lives by getting her certification in Canine Massage Therapy in 2013. Since then she has become a Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist, Certified Canine Kinesiology Tape Practitioner, Healing Touch for Animals® – Advanced Proficiency Practitioner, Pet Tech® Instructor, and a Certified Pet Food Nutrition Specialist. She strongly believes in a holistic approach to overall health and well-being for both humans and animals. Through massage and energy work, she is able to help animals with both physical and emotional issues. She teaches Pet CPR, First Aid, and Care classes at All Dogs Allowed. Along with the PetSaver classes, she also offers a Pet Nutrition seminar, helping pet parents understand the ingredient label and how they can affect their animal’s health, well-being, and even their behavior. She also offers individual nutrition coaching sessions. She is always looking for new ways to help animal’s and their people.

In her spare time, she volunteers at Wake County Animal Center and with Vets to Vets United. She shares her home with her husband, her three dogs “Willow, Dixie, and Gypsy”, and her three cats “Sammie, Mork, and Marley”. She enjoys kayaking, snorkeling, and hiking when there is time in her busy schedule to sneak it in!

Lead Behavior Modification Assistant – Fluent in Dog Body Language – Official Tester of New Classes

Porkchop was born and raised in Alabama (we assume, that’s why she’s an “Alabama Gargoyle”), before getting adopted by Meagan Thomas and traveling the country. She has officially lived in Alabama, Maine, Georgia, Utah, and North Carolina, and has peed in 27 states. Chop lends her expertise as a member of the canine community by assisting in both group classes and private training sessions. She specializes in helping reactive or defense dogs make better choices and feel comfortable around her. She has experienced, firsthand, the power of positive, relationship-based training and helps dogs and their owners build the same bond she shares with Meagan. Oh, she also believes kibble should never come from a dog bowl and prefers a food puzzle or food dispensing toy whenever possible.

In her spare time, she loves napping (no really, she loves naps, she really loves naptime – a couple naps, then a nap, then she’s ready for bed), agility for fun, nosework for fun, playing off-leash with friends, showing off how fast she is, and taking walks around the neighborhood and local parks. Her nicknames include: Chop Chop, The Chop, Poop-Head Chop, Baby Porkchopaleeze, Evil Doctor Porkchop, Nine Nipples Chop: Fastest Dog in the West, The Mini Pooper, Mrs. Poop Poop, Chop Chop Grey Beard, The Poop Scoop Riot, The Gargoyle, Chippy Chop, Chippy Pollen Chin, Chippy, Chicky, Momma’s Baby, and My Love.