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Volunteer Professional Dog Trainer


Clare Reece-Gore YAYdog (Durham, N.C.)


Clare is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI #201401). She also attends workshops with dog experts like Dr. Ian Dunbar, Dr. Sophia Yin (1966-2014), Jenn Shryock, and Kyra Sundance. 


Clare is the public access test administrator and a volunteer professional dog trainer for VTVUI.

Clare blends her insights from corporate training with those she's gained through years of experience with dogs, horses, and cats. Clare's approach draws from a broad range of experience including her work with a veterinary clinic. She has also volunteered extensively at shelters, rescues, and service dog organizations like Vets To Vets United, Inc. A lifelong equestrian, Clare regularly attends natural horsemanship clinics, which shapes her dog training insights in surprising and effective ways.


Volunteer Professional Dog Trainer


Linda Lebron Magster Dog Training (Raleigh, N.C.) 


Linda is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and a Certified Service Dog Coach (SDC) through Cooperative Paws. 

Linda has always loved animals.  During her life she has trained her own dogs, cats and horses. After a 20-year career in law enforcement and years as a certified personal trainer, she decided to pursue her true passion of becoming a dog trainer.

Linda conducts individual training sessions teaching basic obedience to adult dogs and puppies. Linda also conducts sessions for owners who wish to train their dogs to become service dogs. Linda works closely with the owner to determine if their pet dog is suitable to provide the assistance that the owner requires. Linda is also a volunteer dog trainer with Vets to Vets United training dogs to assist veterans with special needs. 

Linda regularly pursues continuing education and professional development because she believes that learning about dogs and training is a life-long pursuit.

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Volunteer Professional Dog Trainer


Elaine Chavelier  Able Dog Training  (Wake Forest, N.C.)


Elaine Chevalier of Able Dog is a certified Service Dog Coach (SDC) and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) who works with people to train their own pet dog to assist them as a service dog if the dog has the appropriate temperament and behavior for this type of work and the owner is dedicated to the effort.


She is a volunteer trainer for Vets to Vets United, Inc and has attended numerous workshops and seminars for psychiatric service dogs.

She is also passionate about puppy training that leads to lifelong happiness for both owners and dogs. She uses AKC training guidelines and the ethical principles of positive training for all her family dog training clients.


Volunteer Professional Dog Trainer


Raechel Longo Carolina Canine Advisor (Clayton, N.C.)


Carolina Canine Advisor is owned and managed by Raechel Longo. She has loved all animals since she was a little girl. When she was 5 years old, she started by reading dog breed encyclopedias. Raechel has over 10 years' experience in the pet industry ranging from doggy daycare, training, boarding to working in a veterinary hospital.

Raechel was a Kennel Manager for a pet resort in the Chicagoland area for 4 years where she was responsible for the care of up to 400 dogs. She specializes in dog behavior and aggression, as well as special needs dogs. Creating strong relationships with dogs is what she does.

Her goal is to rehabilitate all dogs that need help. She also provides basic obedience and works with all breeds and all ages.

She wants nothing more than for you and your dog to be able to trust her and feel completely happy while your pups are in her care.


Volunteer Professional Dog Trainer


Linda Tilley Falls Lake Kennels (Creedmor, N.C.) 

Linda has owned & operated Falls Lake Kennels Boarding & Obedience Training in Creedmoor, NC since 1987.  She began instructing group and private obedience classes in 1989.  She became the originator and lead instructor for the Durham Parks & Recreation Obedience Classes

(puppy, beginner & advance beginner) for over 16 years (instructing over 2,500 owner/dog teams).  She then returned home to instruct local dog obedience classes in the Butner/Creedmoor area.  Where she now offers Dog About Town group classes as well as private sessions.


Active participant at the Granville County Animal Control Advisory Committee for a number of years.  Volunteered at the GC Animal Shelter for years.  Foster home for dogs needing adoption

both privately and for the local humane society.


Linda has been involved in therapy work with her own dogs through the years (Labrador, Sheltie, Poodle and a Great Pyrenees/Lab mix).  She has participated on numerous therapy & education sessions in local schools, nursing homes, institutions, Special Olympics & the Masonic Home for Children Oxford.


Early on she attended 6 days of seminars with Dr. Ian Dunbar, 1day with Dr Donna Brown,  2 days with Sue Sternberg & 2 days with Chris Bach.  She is an avid reader about dogs, training, body language and the human/dog bond.


Linda has been a certified member of The National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors since 2001, #1005C.  She also serves on NADOI's Membership Committee.  She was voted as the best dog trainer in Granville County in both 2022 & 2023.


Linda gets great pleasure in working with dogs/puppies & their families.  She loves having the opportunity to work with the Veterans and their service dogs through Vets to Vets United. Inc.


Volunteer Professional Dog Trainer


Tracie Ham  


Tracie moved to the Trangle are from Columbia, S.C. and previously worked as a canine trainer at 

Highland Canine Training, LLC. She is a dedicated volunteer at Vets To Vets United, Inc. 


Volunteer Professional Dog Massage Therapist


Melanie Hampton Serenity Pet Massage

Melanie is a Certified Canine Massage Therapist (CCMT)  and teaches our veterans how to use a gentle calming touch to relax their pups and themselves through massage therapy.

Melanie has always been passionate about helping animals which led her to pursue a degree in the Veterinary field. She obtained a degree in Veterinary Medical Technology and has  over 30 years experience in the field of Veterinary Medicine as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). 

Melanie provides massage/reiki sessions to pets in the Triangle area. She is passionate about the positive benefits that massage, and reiki provide to both animals and humans.

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