In more than 15 years as a professional dog trainer, I've developed expertise in coaching a range of dogs, with a special interest in timid and semi-feral canines. I've created and taught group classes for adolescent dogs, pit bulls, leash-reactive dogs and shy wallflowers at both the East Bay SPCA, where I managed the behavior and training department from 2004 to 2007, and Contra Costa County Animal Services.
Shane Stanis, CPDT-KSA - Owner, Lead Trainer
Mena Kamel, CPDT-KA - Trainer
Working and learning with animals has always been an integral part of my life. My journey into the world of dog behavior began after working closely with my own dog’s separation anxiety.
I graduated from Trish King's Academy of Dog Behavior in 2015, and now enjoy exploring the human-dog dynamic with students and dogs from all sorts of backgrounds, including puppies, high-energy adolescents, dogs that are anxious, fearful or aggressive, and canines in their golden years.
Drawing on a background in both physical sciences and the arts, I emphasisize individuality, creativity, and fun in my training. Keeping dogs in their homes is one of my priorities as an educator, and I volunteer with several local animal rescue/educational organizations including Berkeley Humane Society and Native Bird Connections. I teach group classes and hold puppy socials at Dodger’s Paws and Bravo!Pup, and offer private coaching around the East Bay.
The former owner of dog walking service Dog Party, I live in Oakland with two dogs, Turkey and Fifi.
Living with two semi-feral dogs has given me a unique perspective on the needs of these special animals. When I first met Chloe and Bella, they would run around me at a distance, never coming close enough for me to touch them.
By setting small goals, giving them space and exercising patience, I was finally able to gain their trust. Now we can enjoy cuddling on the couch, playing with their toys, and beginning to train together so they can gain even more confidence.
As owner and operator of Kibbles & Kids from 2007 to 2013, I excelled at designing customized plans that met the needs of both pets and families with children. I've relaunched the business as Mighty Mutts with a wider focus and service area, but the approach remains the same: Whatever your dog's challenges, I will combine personalized attention with the latest in research-based methods to make sure you achieve your training goals.
I look forward to meeting you and your dog!
The most important aspect of training is trust between humans and dogs. Our dogs need to be able to trust us to listen to them the best we can, and we need to trust that our dogs can succeed. With a solid relationship in place, we can help our dogs reach their potential to come when called, pass other dogs quietly, or gain the confidence to meet new people.