Meet the team at FIDO
FIDO IS HERE TO HELP
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!
Owner, Head Trainer
I have lived with and loved dogs my whole life and have worked with them for over 20 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.
Over 20 Years of Experience
Tammy has been working with dogs and puppies for over 20 years
Manager, Head 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.
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
Apprentice Trainer, PAL Trainer
Suzi Gagnier Bertrand
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 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.
Lead PAL Trainer, Apprentice Trainer
My love for working with dogs started when I was fifteen years old when I first started to volunteer and foster dogs from a local rescue. I have volunteered with rescues for many years and when I got my first job working with dogs I knew there was nothing else I wanted to do but work with these amazing animals for the rest of my life. I have worked with dogs for almost ten years now in various fields and I am now currently working towards my Certification in Professional Dog Training (CPDT).
I have a strong passion for learning about dog behavior and using my knowledge to help dogs with their specific needs as well as give them the best care that can be provided.
When not at Fido I reside in Ferndale with my squishy Labrador Bento.
Apprentice Trainer, Apprentice PAL Trainer
Kaitlyn’s love of animals began during her upbringing in Northern Michigan, where she cared for dogs, cats, chickens, cows, pigs, and horses. Her childhood dog Duke, a German Shepherd mix, inspired her to pursue a career working with dogs, because of his loyalty, devotion, and importance to her family.
Currently an Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer, Kaitlyn is working toward a second certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, while also shadowing the trainers at FIDO and attending numerous seminars. Kaitlyn is passionate about helping dog owners bond and live cooperatively with their dogs, as well as educating people about the importance of enrichment for their pets.
Outside of work, Kaitlyn enjoys hanging out with her husband, and their dogs, a Basset Hound named Maggie, and a Bloodhound named King, as well as writing, drawing, and rewatching The Office on an infinite loop.
Apprentice Trainer, Apprentice PAL Trainer
I started with Fido in April 2019 to further my education, experience, and passion for working with dogs! I love being able to assist dog parents in finding humane, positive, and fun ways to help their dog learn – and in turn, I get to learn something new from every dog I work with. I became more interested in training after working in animal welfare for a few years. Not only do I want to help dogs & owners become become better teams, I also want to help homeless dogs in Detroit become more adoptable through training!
I am currently working toward my Certification in Professional Dog Training (CPDT) by assisting in classes and PAL at Fido. I also work with Bark Nation and Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control – working to end canine cruelty & dogfighting, and to reduce the number of homeless animals in our community.
In my free time, I like to spend time with my boyfriend, tend to my growing indoor plant collection, hang with our two dogs & our foster dogs, bike, jog, read, and try out new restaurants in our area!
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.
Dog Walker, Pet 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.
Apprentice Trainer, Apprentice PAL Trainer
Jill’s passion for dogs began when she and her husband adopted their first dog, Jack, in 2014. Being a pit bull, Jack opened her eyes to all of the stigma and hardships that bully breeds face. She began working and learning all she could to give Jack the best life possible, and discovered that she was very passionate about helping dogs and their people become a great team. That also led her to taking in their second dog, Bruce, who was left tied to a stop sign in the city.
Jill will be graduating from Karen Pryor Academy’s Dog Trainer Professional program in January 2020 with a KPA-CTP. She is also working toward her CCPTD-KA.
Apprentice Trainer, Apprentice PAL Trainer
As far as I can remember back, animals have been my passion. Early on, the love for dogs and horses led me to MSU from the warm weather of Cocoa Beach. After a small stint at LTU thinking I wanted to be an architect that designs zoo exhibits that meet welfare requirements, I returned to MSU to complete my BS in Animal Science. I began working on a small Andalusian horse breeding farm where I performed basic animal husbandry, offered ground training for young stock, and handled the stallions for breeding. Those 4 years were a beautiful part of my life which allowed me to have my first dogs as an adult – weimaraners. The desire to take my dogs where ever I went, especially to others’ houses, pushed me to train my weims to behave in many environments. Such smart dogs they are. I taught them to do tricks similar to that of a service dog. They would retrieve anything for me – the remote control, pillow and blanket, toilet paper, and yes, my friend’s lost cat in the house. They were taught to walk slow with me, so that I could use them as a stabilizer when walking on icy surfaces. We had a strong bond.
After graduation, I began working at a vet clinic as a vet tech before beginning my career at Henry Ford Hospital. As a vet tech in research, I gave my all to ensure that all received superior care under my watch. Environmental and food enrichment, as well as supportive care were and still are very important to me. During this time, I lost my first weim at 12 years old, adopted a rescue from CCRC, continued hiking and traveling with my dogs, volunteered as a foster and grant writer, had my heart broken by the foster/rescue world, joined Dog Scouts, met more dog-centric people that use reward-based training, and continued to grow as a “Dog-Nerd”. My dog experiences have led me to try dog sports like Treibball and Nosework, understand the needs and tools available for helping a reactive dog, love “shaping” behavior, continue learning more about science-based training practices, and keep me striving to have a magnificent relationship with my dogs.
After being in research for 10 years, I made a career switch within Henry Ford Hospital and moved into Simulation Based Education for training human medical professionals. I just completed my MS in Medical and Healthcare Simulation at the beginning of 2018. While I find satisfaction in prepping and administering simulation educational activities for learners from many medical specialties, it does not satisfy my desire to work and be with animals. This is where FIDO comes in. I have taken many classes here at FIDO with my own dogs, just because I wanted to engage and build stronger relationships with my dogs. I love training my dogs and others wanting to learn. I began assisting in classes at the end of 2018 and have not looked back.
Currently, I plan to sit for the CPDT test once I am eligible and will continue education to develop my skills in helping people improve communication with their dogs to have successful training outcomes and build upon their bonds.
I am shared by my husband, 3 dogs (2 heelers and a puggle), and a cat. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with you.
Customer Service Administrator
Leslie Kucinskas is passionate about Customer Relations. Her commitment to providing the best possible customer service was nurtured through a few key work experiences including her service as Communications Program Manager for the National Search Dog Alliance, her tenure as a Crew Member at Trader Joe’s and her administrative involvement with Michigan Radio.
Leslie grew up on a sheep farm in North Eastern Indiana. Skip, the family’s mixed breed canine, mentored Leslie in the ways of the working dog and taught her to have endless curiosity complete with a desire to work smart and always learn. When Skip passed away after 13 years of farming service Leslie started her collegiate journey at Vincennes University where she earned an Associate of Science in Horticulture Technology. She continued her education in California and ultimately moved to Houghton, Michigan to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Scientific and Technical Communication at Michigan Technological University.
Leslie moved to Southeastern Michigan after her Upper Peninsula encounter to continue her graduate education at Eastern Michigan University. During her graduate years she also worked full-time at the University of Michigan. Upon completing her Master of Liberal Studies in Writing/ Rhetorical Theory and Linguistics Leslie adopted a Chow Chow named Moto who was entirely different than Skip. Together Leslie and Moto took classes and learned obedience. Moto welcomed two children into Leslie’s family during his lifespan and was a loyal family guardian.
In 2015, when the children were teens and Leslie had forgotten how hard it was to raise a puppy the family welcomed Meela, an 8 week old Dutch Shepherd, in to their lives. During Meela’s first puppy year she and Leslie spent countless hours hiking, swimming, fetching toys and attending obedience as well as agility lessons. In January 2016 Leslie and Meela joined Michigan Search and Rescue. As a team they trained in the discipline of Wilderness Air Scent and ultimately became nationally certified by the National Search Dog Alliance in Area Search with Large Source Cadaver.
Leslie currently resides in Saline, MI with her husband, two daughters, Meela and their two family cats who refuse to be herded.