Meet the Trainers
Carolyn Cabot is a certified Master Dog Trainer who graduated from both the Professional and Master Dog Trainer programs at the Tom Rose School in St. Louis, Missouri. She is also a licensed Veterinary Technician with over 15 years of experience in the field.
Carolyn’s passion for dog training began with her first mix breed dog she adopted when she was 14 years old. She trained him to be an animal assisted therapy dog, and the two of them enjoyed many years of visiting nursing homes and the local mental health hospital to spend time with patients. In the years since then, she has been involved with fostering dogs that with a little training were able to find great forever homes. She decided to turn her passion for dog training into a career in January, 2014, when she attended the Tom Rose School. While in the Professional Trainer program, Carolyn accomplished something very few students in the history of the school have been able to do. She achieved an excellent rating, also known as a “V”-rating, in the program. This means she passed all of her graduation requirements with an overall average of 96% or better. Those requirements included multiple written tests, pet obedience requirements, and working dog/competition training requirements. This is an extremely difficult rating to achieve in general, and Carolyn did it in 21 weeks. She also excelled in the Master Trainer program where she furthered her knowledge of tracking, specific odor detection, advanced obedience, cadaver detection, and search and rescue.
Carolyn enjoys helping clients learn how to clearly and effectively communicate with their dogs, so that everyone can experience the same joy she feels with a well trained dog in her life. Currently, Carolyn and her husband, Rick, share their lives with two Belgian Malinois named Ice and Nikki, five British Labrador Retrievers named Dexter, Lila, Anna (a.k.a. Shady), Jax and Spud, three English Bulldogs named Alfred, Dozer and Louise, and a Great Dane named Dewey.
Check out this video of Carolyn
This video features Carolyn working with her two Belgian Malinois, Ice and Nikki. At the time of filming, Ice was approximately 10 months old and Nikki was close to 8 months old. This short film showcases several of the many skills Carolyn is capable of teaching a dog. Enjoy!
Savannah Foster graduated from Top Tier K9 Dog Trainer Academy as a Certified Pet Trainer in 2016. She grew up with a variety of dogs and while in junior high, she discovered she also loved neurobiology or science of the brain. She was thrilled when she learned in college that she could combine her two passions, the love of dogs and the study of behavior, into a degree.
Savannah graduated from Michigan State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology with a concentration in Animal Behavior and Neurobiology. Before Savannah started working at Great Lakes K9 Solutions, she volunteered and worked at multiple animal shelters and humane societies in Michigan. Savannah is excited to share her passion with clients who are just as eager to learn how to communicate with their canine friends. She has two dogs of her own, Quill, a British Labrador Retriever and Archie, a Border Collie.