At Fido Personal Dog Training we use reward-based training methods to teach your dog that learning is fun! Our trainers are educated, experienced professionals with a passion for all things dog. We are here to help dog owners communicate with their dogs in a manner that the dog can understand. We strive to educate the public about positive reinforcement training to promote the betterment and wellbeing of both dogs and their people. Life is easier with a well-trained dog!
Our clients enjoy small classes in our convenient Ferndale office and our carefully curated retail section offers the best of the best in toys, treats, and other products to assist in your training. In-home training, dog walking, and pet sitting with our adult, insured staff allows you to schedule services at your convenience.
Fido also offers comfortable grooming, done by an experienced dog trainer who will respect your dog’s stress levels and coach them through the process. Our new salon has a host of features to make a visit to the groomer an enjoyable day instead of something to dread.
We would love to talk to you about your training, grooming, sitting, or walking needs. Please get in touch today!
Owner, Head Trainer
I have lived with and loved dogs my whole life and have worked with them for 17 years. I started a pet sitting/dog walking business in 1997 and have been training since 2005. I live in Oak Park, Michigan with my husband Robert, our pit bull mix Daisy, the action-packed cat Posey, and a 30 year old Amazon Parrot named Petey.
One of my primary personal and professional goals is to help dogs live happy lives with their human guardians. By teaching people how to communicate with their pets in a way that both human and dog can truly understand, I hope to do my part in making dog and human worlds a better place.
In my training, I use only science based, force free methods. My first-hand experience has shown me that this is the most rewarding, compassionate, and effective way to train a dog. I believe positive reinforcement methods are much less stressful on dogs than punishment based methods. In fact, most dogs look forward to and even enjoy clicker training sessions!
I graduated from Animal Behavioral College with honors in 2006. I continued my studies by earning my certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) in 2011. I offer private and group classes through my company Fido Personal Dog Training, LLC in Ferndale, Michigan.
Head Trainer, Groomer, Office Manager
In July of 2008 I adopted my best buddy, a then-4-year-old Tibetan Terrier. Sprocket was close to perfect from the start; cute, cuddly, enthusiastic about giving kisses and taking walks. He did have one small problem, though: he was a cat chaser!
Calling on the services of a professional, I had Tammy out to the house to see if my animals could live in harmony.
From the first ‘click’ of the clicker, Sprocket and I were hooked on Positive Reinforcement Training. Seeing his eyes light up as he realized that he could make good things happen by obeying cues was amazing. I couldn’t get enough of that reaction, and in 2009 I graduated with honors from Animal Behavior College, and my passion became my career.
I love getting people to that “lightbulb” moment with their dogs: where dog and person learn to communicate with each other, maybe for the first time ever. Training our dogs is so satisfying; it deepens our bond and really helps us to know our pup. And it’s fun! Positive Reinforcement training motivates our dogs to work with us, so that training feels like play instead of work.
After adopting my third dog (a silly little muppet mix named Tchotchke), I realized there was another thing I could do to help further the Postitive Reinforcement message; learn to groom in a way that respects the dog’s boundaries. Trips to the groomer were always stressful. Sprocket and Tchothcke would have to be dragged into the tub and came home exhausted and clearly unhappy. I didn’t like putting them through it, but their coats needed professional care. Even my English Lab, Molly, hated going for baths, and she’s a pretty easy-going gal. I became determined to find another way, and attended Bingo Institute of Grooming to learn how to bathe, clip and scissor.
Fido’s Gray Dog Grooming opened its doors in Decemeber 2016 and I couldn’t be prouder. My years of experience in canine body language let me recognize when a dog needs coaching, a different method, or just a break. The team at Fido gave their input and we designed a salon that minimizes stress and truly is something special. We hope you’ll check us out and know you’ll see the difference between “assembly line” groomers and what we’re doing here.
Jean Carew is a nationally certified Force Free Trainer. She spends her time living her passion; teaching dogs and their owners how to develop a better relationship through training. She trains in both private and group class settings at all levels. Jean is passionate about all dogs, but has a soft spot in her heart for those that are fearful or aggressive. As a result, she co-developed one of the area’s most successful reactive dog class programs.
Jean is a member in good standing with both APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers) and PPG (Professional Pet Guild). For the past several years she has been the owner of Sit Stay Swim, an indoor swim fitness and training facility in Garden City. While there, she taught owners and their dogs the benefits of warm water swim therapy and relationship-building.
Jean also has a passion for rescue. She has spent the last decade volunteering her time ensuring proper placement and integration of dogs from all walks of life.
While at home, she shares her life with her 3 amazing children, her husband, three beautiful rescue dogs, and one crazy rescue cat.
Jane Wolff has been working with dogs professionally since 2014 and is certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). She’s further advancing her skills and knowledge as a student of the Academy for Dog Trainers — regarded by many as the Harvard of dog training programs. Jane loves working with dogs and their people and loves teaching, especially puppy classes! Jane also works at Cascades Humane Society in Jackson and is an ardent supporter of the adoption of shelter dogs. She lives in Ann Arbor with a goofy, constantly happy deaf cattle dog named Indy, a sweet and sensitive pit bull mix named Nina and a short, elderly, blonde mix-breed girl named Cdog.
Assistant Trainer, Dog Walker
Laura Witkowski loves all things dog, animal behavior and reward-based training. She is also a stand up comedian and writer. Laura lives with her two pit bulls: Asha the snuggle pup and Gomez the friendly barbarian.
In February of 2016 Laura was accepted into The Academy for Dog Trainers and is currently studying to become a certified dog trainer.
Assistant Trainer, Dog Walker
Lindsay joined the FIDO team in September 2011 with over 17 years of experience in the pet care industry. In addition to working for FIDO, her background ranges from working as a veterinary assistant, doggy daycare attendant, groomer, as well as working in kennels, shelters, and even horse stables. She has also been a Puppy Raiser for Paws with a Cause, loves fostering dogs and volunteering with rescue groups, and has rescued, trained, and certified her own dog with Therapy Dogs International (TDI).
When Lindsay isn’t working or doing something dog related, you will find her spending quality time with her husband Brian, their two young children, and their beloved rescued Border Collie, Rhodey.
Assistant Trainer, Dog Walker, Pet Sitter
Christy has worked with dogs professionally for three years. She has completed her grooming apprenticeship and is currently enrolled in the CATCH program to become a certified dog trainer! Christy has three dogs of her own; a pit mix named Palmer, a bulldog mix named Penny, and her Labrabdor, Pearl.
Hi there! My name is Alissa.I have over 10 years experience as a vet tech and am currently working towards becoming a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT). I have been working with animals - volunteering at shelters and rescues as well as pet sitting and dog walking- for almost 20 years and have experience with all breeds of dogs and cats, as well as exotics & even large mammals. My volunteer work with some amazing rescue organizations has given me the opportunity to provide care for animals from all walks of life. I enjoy animals and learning about them so much, I have chosen to make their care and well-being my career. I believe that the more education you have, the more knowledge you can share, and that leads to a better relationship between owners and their pets!
Dog Walker, Pet Sitter
Kelli has been involved in animal rescue for many years. At 6 years old, she met a stray dog, and after placing ads and hanging fliers, convinced her parents to let her keep the unclaimed pup. They named her Pepper and she quickly became a cherished member of the family.
Kelli loves and respects all animals, and as a result, has been vegan since 2001. Her home is shared with clever, beautiful cats and a handsome, cat-loving Pit bull named Rōkō.
Dog Walker, Pet Sitter
A lifelong animal lover, Beth is comfortable with cats, rats, anyone with four legs! Nervous dogs appreciate her calm personality, making her our go-to sitter for pups that stress when their people are away.
Dog Walker, Pet Sitter
Stephanie is eagerly awaiting the right time to adopt and in the meantime, is happy to be considered the go-to pet sitter for family and friends. As a dog bather at a busy pet salon, working daily with large groups of dogs made her appreciate and examine closely the diverse range of personalities each can possess. She is excited to build upon this knowledge as a dog walker and looks forward to meeting some new furry faces.
Dog Walker, Pet Sitter
Chloe’ has been involved in animal care for 8 years. She has worked at DePorre Veterinary Hospital, PetSmart Pet Hotel and other boarding facilities in the Macomb and Oakland areas. She shares her home with her favorite four-footed friend; a handsome orange tabby named Prince.