About the Pack
Pack Leader & Owner
Rachel has been living and working with dogs her whole life. Growing up, her family household consisted of more dogs than people (and there were 6 people to outnumber)!
In 2007, Rachel left her 20-year career in higher education and client financial services to (quite literally) surround herself with dogs once again. She adopted a 12-week-old Shepherd/Border Collie mix from Indiana and decided she wanted to learn everything there is to know about canine cognition, communication, and behavior.
Rachel dove enthusiastically into the dog daycare arena and became an executive consultant for dog daycares throughout the Northeast. Her masters degree in Education and Doctorate in Zoology have continued to serve Rachel in the dog industry.
When it came to learning dog behavior and orchestrating healthy dog playgroups Rachel was in her element. Her invaluable hands-on learning as well as her scholarly side, led her to speaking at dog training seminars, canine athletic events and continuing to satisfy her desire to better understand the canine mind.
Rachel was already well-versed in behavioral science as an undergrad at Boston University and has dedicated her life to supporting humane training techniques when she became a certified applied animal behaviorist (CAAB) in 2007.
Rachel stands at the intersection between canine behavior modification and holistic relationship centered training. She believes in a relationship-centered approach to the whole dog - body, mind and soul.
She wholeheartedly believes that training and behavior modification should be safe, enjoyable, and successful for both the dog and the humans who love them. Most importantly, she maintains an open mind to every individual - dog and person alike.
Lifelong learning has proven to Rachel that every dog has something to teach their human students.
VP of Operations &
11 y/o Male Yogi Shepard mix
Graduated Summa Cum Laude, a soft soul who leads by example except while digging small vermin out of rotting tree stumps.
CFO (Chief Funny Officer) & Off leash Group Leader
5 y/o Female American Village Dog Mix
A silly girl who loves to get laughs and show how easy it is to be responsible off leash.