Adara Aho

Program Director

Areas of Expertise:
Service Dogs, General Training, Puppies, Sports

I have loved working with animals for as long as I can remember.

It started with my first pony at the age of five, and then entering the family dog into my 4th grade talent show to showcase the tricks I had taught him. I spent a lot of time volunteering at local animal rescues and shelters, and I have been involved with horse riding throughout my entire life. 

While I was in college I began trying out different sports with my dog, Pacha. Together we have tried barn hunt, scent work, rally and more…but something never felt right. Although my passion for dogs followed me into adulthood, it underwent a huge transformation when I began working with Desiree and Megan. Pacha was reactive towards strangers coming into my home. I had decided to just accept that’s how he was, but positive reinforcement totally changed his perception (and mine too!).  Suddenly I had a confident, self assured dog who felt safe communicating with me. That’s when I knew I was hooked! 

megan shevlin, assistant dog trainer and Leo
megan shevlin, assistant dog trainer and Leo
megan shevlin, assistant dog trainer and Leo
megan shevlin, assistant dog trainer and Leo

My Duck Tolling Retriever, Reisling, was my first competitive sport dog, and we are having a blast trying out alllll the dog sports. I’ve learned so much raising and competing with Reis – I’m hooked on working dogs.

I enjoy working in a wide range of areas as I develop and administer our non-behavior programs, from our group class curriculums to our day training and puppy kindergarten. The diversity keeps things fresh and interesting, and I get to impact dogs at every stage of life. I’m particularly passionate about leading our Service Dog program. I love how life-altering this work can be!

Alongside working with dogs, I also hold my master’s degree and was the graduate assistant coach for my college’s equestrian team. I love working with both people and dogs and I can’t wait to join you on your journey! 

Family Dog Mediator

Certified Family Dog Mediator

Family Dog Mediator

Aggression in Dog Certificate

Aggression in Dogs Master Course

Michael Shikashio

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IAABC Accredited Trainer

International Association of Animal Behaviorists

Meet My Dogs



PortStar’s Liquid Courage CGC TKN

Riesling has taken me on the wildest adventure in her short 9 months. She is my performance prospect, and there has been nothing I’ve thrown at her that she doesn’t do with enthusiasm. In the last few months we have trained in rally, dock diving, barn hunt, agility, field, conformation, and more. She always gives 100%. Outside of trying fun sports, she’s happy to snuggle on the couch or sleep by my desk. She’s easy to live with and extremely cuddly for a Toller. I’m so excited for her future!

Hobbies: training, sleeping in weird positions, antagonizing her brother, swimming/water, car rides.

megan shevlin, assistant dog trainer and Leo


Mixed Breed

Pacha is the life of the party. He wants to be wherever the crowd is, and preferably in a lap. He’ll do anything for a little bit of praise or a treat. He’s an exciting guy and suffers from serious FOMO. He used to feel really anxious when visitors came over, but with the help of a little cheese he has made huge strides in overcoming his anxiety! He is smart, sociable, and loves trying new things. No matter what, he is down for the adventure. Whether that be sleeping all day, going on a road trip, or testing out a new sport: he is 100% in.

Hobbies: Barn Hunt, kayaking, getting as dirty as possible, and car rides.