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 19 years. I started a pet sitting/dog walking business in 1997 and have been training since 2005. I live in Oak Park with my husband Robert, our fast-growing pup Cleo, and a silly kitty named Purrscilla.
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 the 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 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 love working with dogs and their people, helping to make their lives happy ones without force or confusion.
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 Positive Reinforcement message; learn to groom in a way that respects the dog’s boundaries. Trips to the groomer were always stressful. Sprocket and Tchotchke 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 was 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 December 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.
Head Trainer, PAL Trainer
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 graduated with honors from The Academy for Dog Trainers (CTC) — regarded by many as the Harvard of dog training programs. Jane loves working with dogs and their people and loves teaching, especially puppy and leash reactive dog classes!
Jane also specializes in treating separation anxiety and is a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT). She lives in Ann Arbor with a goofy, deaf cattle dog named Indy and a sweet and sensitive pit bull mix named Nina.
Head Trainer, PAL Trainer
Laura Witkowski is certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) as well as a graduate of the esteemed Academy for Dog Trainers (CTC). Along with taking in-home clients and teaching classes at Fido, Laura is the facilitator for Teacher’s Pet at Detroit Animal Care and Control where she teaches homeless and at-risk youth about reward-based training and animal welfare. When she’s not working with dogs, you can catch her doing stand up comedy. Probably telling jokes about dogs.
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.
Head Trainer, Dog Walker, Pet Sitter, PAL Trainer
Christy has worked with dogs professionally for three years. She has completed her grooming apprenticeship and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed! Christy has two dogs of her own; a pit mix named Palmer and a bulldog mix named Penny.
Suzi Gagnier Bertrand
PAL Trainer, Assistant Trainer
My name is Suzi Gagnier Bertrand and I’ve been working with dogs for 40+ years. I spent almost 20 of those years in the veterinary field as a tech and hospital manager. In addition I worked as a groomer, trainer and also managed a show horse stable. Animals are my love and passion and I enjoy the company of 2 lovely dogs and 3 needy cats!
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.
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
Since 2015 Stephanie has been sitting and walking pups with FIDO. Engaging with an array of dogs daily coupled with her sensitive and easygoing personality has made developing her knowledge of dogs a joyful and natural process. She is grateful for the many bonds formed with both pups and people over the years.
Dog Walker, Pet Sitter
After 27 years in the Loss Prevention field, I had the chance to experience working with dogs in a grooming salon which led me to follow my dream I have had work with dogs on a daily basis . I love meeting our clients and their dogs and enjoy every individual dog’s personality. It’s a joy working with dogs everyday.
I plan to attend an Animal Behavior College and would love to train and teach dogs one day.