At Fido Personal Dog Training we use reward-based training methods to teach your dog that learning is fun! No matter what you are looking for, we can help. Whether you’re having issues with aggression, want to have a perfectly behaved puppy, or are getting frustrated, our trainers will find a solution that works for you. 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.

We would love to talk to you about your training, sitting, or walking needs. Please get in touch today!

Tammy Crenshaw

Owner, Head Trainer

Ferndale Dog TrainersI 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.

Adrienne Wisok

Manager, Head Trainer, PAL Trainer

While working towards her first bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at University of Michigan, Adrienne started working as a veterinary assistant in 1993. In 1994, she moved to emergency veterinary medicine and stayed working in that capacity for the next 20 years, during which she finished another bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology from Portland State University and sat for her national exam to be a Certified Veterinary Technician. In 2000 after finding a dog abandoned in a local park; an energetic young dog that needed a job; she discovered her love of Search and Rescue. They became a certified search team in 2002 through the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, eventually finding 13 people lost in the woods in the Pacific Northwest over 5 years. After deciding it was time to move on from veterinary medicine, Adrienne pursued the love of dog training and the working dog relationship by pursuing a master’s degree in Canine Life Sciences from Bergin University. There she learned and practiced advanced concepts in service dog training, and sat for her exam to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through CCPDT and became a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the AKC. After graduating with her Masters in Science in only 11 months, Adrienne started working as a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor Apprentice at Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester Hills, MI. A year later, her alma mater Bergin University hired her as the Dean of the College of Business and Companion Dogs where she was in charge of teaching students and training over 50 dogs to become service, facility, and therapy dogs. Moving back to Detroit to be close to family, Adrienne now trains dogs for private clients, TSA, to be service or working dogs, and teaches group classes and seminars. This fall, she started a PhD program in Psychology focusing on trauma and disaster relief. When not working with people and their canine companions, Adrienne trains her Labrador Xena in nose work, trains her German Shepherd Taff with Michigan Search and Rescue, and loves never-ending snuggles with Iva her Chow Chow. Her two cats Lucas and Norton occasionally allow her to adorn them with affection.

Ash Davis

Trainer, PAL Trainer

My name is Ash Davis, and I have devoted my life to dogs, their behavior, and their well-being. I decided to become a trainer after I brought home my dog Clark in 2009 who turned out to have a high propensity for aggression. She is my inspiration; she set me on a mission to help dogs like her. My intense experiences with Clark made this life path a deeply personal investment for me.

I’ve been rescuing and training dogs for 10 years. My background in aversive compulsion training provides me with a certainty that reward-based training is absolutely the most effective approach. I hold the certifications of Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed and the Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer. You can feel confident that your individualized training program utilizes the latest scientifically proven methods.

Dogs are my life, but I also enjoy nature, music, working on my home in Detroit, and spending time with my partners, friends and family. I work and volunteer with several spay/neuter programs and shelters. I have two+ dogs; Clark, a 10 year old Australian Cattle Dog mix, Parker, a 4 year old Pit Bull mix, plus a variety of foster dogs.

I work in Fido’s PAL- Play and Learn Program, group classes, and offer Private In-Home Lessons and Detroit’s only reward-based Board ‘n Train Program.

Suzi Gagnier Bertrand

Assistant Trainer, PAL Trainer

I’ve been working with dogs and a variety of other animals all my adult life. I began as vet assistant when I was 18yrs old and retired from work in the veterinary field in early 2000 as a hospital manager. I have cared for and trained both dogs and horses for many years and one of my proudest accomplishments is a foster program I started at the last veterinary hospital I worked at. We were able to rescue pregnant dogs and their puppies, injured dogs and strays. My passion is to help dogs and people live joyfully in harmony through education. I have 2 lovely older ladies, Skeeter, a 7lb Pomeranian that’s 15 this year and Bailey a beautiful Malamute mix that was left with me 3 years now. Not to mention 3 frisky cats. Bailey is a shy girl and over 10yrs old, she is such a beautiful example of how force free training can change a dogs life for the better. When she came to me she was fearful of any loud noise and didn’t know how to be a dog. Fast forward to now with lots of positive reinforcement she’s come out of her shell, more confident and doggy! My education in science based dog training is continuing so I can better serve dogs and their devoted owners.

Ed Wilson

Assistant Trainer

Ed joined Fido in 2018 and had been working with dogs for several years before then. His love of dog training started after he got involved in animal rescue; he is currently working towards my Certification in Professional Dog Training (CPDT). Ed is a natural with dogs and kids, and his clients love him. When he’s not working with dogs, he enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and rescue pups Bruce and Ellie.

Stephanie Chisholm

Senior Walker/Sitter, Walker/Sitter Training Supervisor

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.

Sherri Warner

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.

Brandon McCormick

Dog Walker/Sitter

Life can get crazy sometimes; and, that’s why the sensible amung us have dogs. At Fido, I walk and engage with dogs to ensure they lead a life as fulfilled as their people’s. I was awakened to the companionship a dog can give when I rescued my first boxer as an undergraduate at Michigan State. Now, my girlfriend and I have three in our Royal Oak home. If I’m not playin fetch with Bear Growls or one his siblings, I’m probably running a regression in R as I work to finish my master’s in Economics at Wayne State.

Wayne Summerville

Assistant Trainer, Assistant PAL Trainer, Dog Walker, Pet Sitter

Wayne is an assistant dog trainer/ walker/ sitter/ and martial artist. He’s been working with dogs for 5 years, 2 years independently, 2 1/2 years at Petco and now Fido. Dog training changed his whole philosophy on life itself and he is continuing to grow and learn each and every day. His 3 dogs Sadie, Sky and Nola inspires him to keep doing what he loves doing and enjoy life to the fullest everyday.

Laura Witkowski

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.

Jane Wolff

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.

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