About All Dogs Allowed
What We Do:
We train dogs to listen anywhere – at home, in the training center, out in public, with distractions of other dogs, new and familiar people, and more! At All Dogs Allowed, we don’t just want you to get results in the moment – we want you to understand why you got them, how to get them in the future, and how to apply the techniques to other behavior. This is why we give you the skills you need to make dog training easy, reliable, and long-lasting. Our aim is for you to understand how your dog learns so you can communicate, learn, and grow together. Our clients are often amazed at how, by changing just a few habits at home, you can create the perfect environment for a better-behaved dog, and better relationship with them! By using this approach, we coach you to become a dog trainer yourself – one who can solve even the most difficult behavior problems by addressing the root causes of bad behavior and fixing them from the inside.
How We Do It:
As dog owners ourselves, we asked, ‘What’s wrong with most dog training programs and how can we get the results you need?’ Well, we make training fun and easy by using practical, modern training techniques that are efficient and convenient to add to your everyday routine. These techniques are family-friendly and allow you to better communicate with your dog what behaviors you like and which behaviors you hate. Most commonly, our clients chose to do training with us because our results are long-lasting and life-changing. Since we specialize in giving you the skills you need to change your dog’s behavior without suppressing his personality, we will never use choke/check chains, prong/pinch collars, or electronic/remote collars. With the right tools, and a little dog psychology, we can help you break the language barrier with your dog so you can do things with your dog you never thought possible.
Why It Works:
Any healthy relationship needs mutual boundaries and communication, but there is a language barrier between you and your dog that can make for bad communication and an awkward relationship. You’re not alone! Since dogs communicate with their bodies, and they learn from environmental information like a scent, sound, touch, and reading body language, most owners aren’t naturally equipped with the tools they need to communicate with their dogs in a way that’s powerful and meaningful to the dog. Even many trainers don’t realize this and it’s the number one reason why other companies (and their methods) can fall short, don’t truly eliminate behavior problems, and leave you and your dog feeling frustrated. With All Dogs Allowed, we want you to be successful without us and we don’t hold back – that’s why we teach you how to become a trainer yourself. By learning to speak dog and equipping yourself with tools and techniques that will actually help you, you’ll have the skills you need to have the dog you’ve always dreamed of.
Meet the Trainers
Meagan Thomas – Co-Owner of All Dogs Allowed – Behavior Specialist
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 rescue dogs – Olive and Theodore. 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, the International Association of Canine Professionals, and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She is an evaluator for the American Kennel Club and a presenter for The Family Dog’s “Stop the 77” program. She is also a mentor for aspiring trainers through Wake Technical Community College, Animal Behavior College, and CATCH Dog Training Academy. She has a passion for presenting for large groups and has been a guest speaker at public and private venues all over the Triangle as well as various local, national, and international podcasts and web shows. 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 universe.
In the News – Videos, Interviews, and Articles
Over the last decade, Meagan has made quite an online presence and have been involved in a number of interviews, articles, videos, and publications. Here is a small list of what she has been a part of:
Featured Training Advocate for the Dogly Community platform
Interviewed by CBS17’s Kelly Kennedy on the lack of regulations in the dog training industry
Follow-up to the above story (interviewed by CBS17’s Kelly Kennedy)
Bonus: Behind-the-Scenes video with Theo
Another interview with CBS17’s Kelly Kennedy on the lack of regulations in the dog training industry
Taught a Lifetime Learning Class on Dog Training and Psychology 101
Interviewed by Jasey Day for AKC’s Pet Insurance blog post on dog body language and calming signals
Interviewed by Joanne Wetzel for episode #14 of The Girl Inspired Project
Interviewed for Best Friend Animal Society’s News Story on Jude, a dog who learned to enjoy the company of other dogs
Interviewed for Best Friend’s Animal Society’s News Story on Yzma, a dog rescued from a 130 dog hoarding case
Wrote many journal updates for Best Friend Animal Society’s Guardian Angel, Kuzco, a deaf dog who needed training
Photographed for Best Friend Animal Society’s Guardian Angel Katelyn’s journal updates
Nora Torrey – Co-Owner of All Dogs Allowed – Lead Group Class Instructor
Nora has an extensive customer service and medical admin background, however, she also had a passion for working with dogs her whole life and has volunteered at animal sanctuaries and shelters on and off for years. In 2017, she decided to quit her desk job and start her own pet care business. Getting to work with more dogs every day (and learning their body language) naturally led to dog training.
Nora has completed her CATCH Dog Training Academy Masters Program Certificate. Through this, she was paired with All Dogs Allowed for her mentorship and grew her skills even more before she was asked to come aboard as a trainer. Nora loves getting to work with both dogs and their owners to help them develop and strong, happy relationship.
In her spare time Nora can be found taking long walks with any variety of dog – either her own or clients! She also is passionate about continuing her training education through reading, observing other trainers, or falling into the online dog training world.
Kim Orlowski – Group Class Instructor & “Puppy Mom”
Kim grew up in northeast Ohio and moved to North Carolina with her family over 15 years ago. While in Ohio, she worked as a corporate trainer and learned best practices to use when teaching adult humans. She also spent time shadowing a dog trainer to observe the many training methods that are utilized in training of pet dogs. Once in North Carolina, she learned the many benefits of positive training over 10 years ago when she started working with pets and future service animals. Since then, she has trained many dogs of different breeds, mixes, personalities, sizes, and ages (yes, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks). Kim is an evaluator for the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test and also fosters and trains prospective service dogs. She has personally witnessed the intimate bond between handlers and their dogs and the freedom that is found through their teamwork. She enjoys using her knowledge and experiences to not only train dogs, but also train their humans – providing them with the most effective tools to accomplish their desired behaviors.
In her spare time, Kim is a baseball/basketball mom who enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and their latest family addition – a Rottweiler puppy named Zeus.
Logan Buie – Group Class Instructor
Logan found her love for dog training after her rescue dog, JJ, began showing signs of reactivity to dogs and separation anxiety. She began reading everything she could about positive reinforcement based dog training, and soon knew that she had to pursue a career in training. She shadowed the trainers at All Dogs Allowed before joining the team as a trainer, and she has experience teaching learners of all ages as a science educator.
Logan is passionate about the science behind animal behavior and helping people learn how to read dog body language to understand the emotional state of their dogs. She has seen firsthand the power of positive training, and is excited to help both people and their dogs feel more confident while training. Logan also volunteers at the Duke Lemur Center, because she is obsessed with all kinds of animal training – not just with dogs! She hopes to one day train zoo animals as well as household pets.
In her spare time, Logan likes to listen to dog training podcasts while baking homemade bread, do yoga (with her pup trying to lay on the mat), and post on her dog’s Instagram.
Remy Metzger – Group Class Instructor
Information about Remy coming soon!
Mark Allemang – Group Class Instructor
Information about Mark coming soon!
Pauline Ciliendo – Dog Training Assistant
Information about Pauline coming soon!
Megan Esala – Co-Owner of All Dogs Allowed – Lead Behavior Specialist
Information about Megan coming soon!
Dave Labowicz – Behavior Specialist
Dave has been working with dogs since 2001. Prior to moving to North Carolina in 2014, he volunteered at an animal shelter for eight years and fostered ten different pups. Dave also made trips to post-Katrina New Orleans to volunteer his time with Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO).
Dave was introduced to All Dogs Allowed when he fostered a dog who was in need of behavior modification. During that time, Dave developed a passion for dog training and positive reinforcement, and thanks to All Dogs Allowed, his foster found her perfect, forever home!
Dave has now joined the All Dogs Allowed family as an assistant dog trainer and thoroughly enjoys working with all types of dogs – however, he holds a very soft spot for shy dogs due to his experience with one of his previous foster fails – Daphne, a purebred English Mastiff who was believed to have come from a puppy mill.
Dave now has two young rescue pups of his own, Olive (also known as “The Other Olive” since one of Meagan’s dogs is also named Olive) and Kane. In his free time, he enjoys watching football (Go Hawks), BBQing, and movies.
Melanie Hampton – Owner of Serenity Pet Massage – Registered Veterinary Technician – Certified Canine and Equine Massage Therapist – HTA-AP® and Reiki Practitioner – Certified Pet Food Nutrition Specialist – Certified Raw Dog Food Nutrition Specialist – Certified Pet Tech® Instructor – Certified Canine Kinesiology Tape Practitioner
Melanie is a partner with All Dogs Allowed through her company Serenity Pet Massage and is a Registered Veterinary Technician, Certified Canine Massage Therapist, HTA-AP® and Reiki Practitioner, Certified Pet Food Nutrition Specialist, Certified Raw Dog Food Nutrition Specialist, and Pet Tech Instructor. She started her career of working with animals as a Registered Veterinary Technician and has 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 and opening Serenity Pet Massage 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, with an additional certification in raw dog food specifically. 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 Pet Tech 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 animals and their people.
In her spare time, she volunteers at Wake County Animal Center. 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!