Aaron

Ash Beaulieu

FDM

Trainer

 

My favorite part of dog training is figuring out the driving force behind their behaviors and working towards a solution to it.

I have always been fascinated by animal behavior and what drives their actions. Growing up on a homestead instilled in me a deep appreciation for animals and eventually sparked my interest in working with dogs. My mother founded a 4-H dog club for me and my siblings, where I gained valuable knowledge in canine husbandry and training. Later, I chose to pursue a degree in psychology to further refine my understanding of animal behavior.

The first dog I ever worked with was a German Shepherd named Libby. She was a typical Shepard, who wanted nothing more than to be with her person. When I turned ten, I attended a dog camp for 4-H kids where we learned about general dog knowledge and how to handle them during various sports and situations. One day at camp, Libby and I were in a barn full of kids and dogs. My mother was teaching a group on the far side of the building. Suddenly, Libby spotted my mother (her person) from across the huge barn and took off, dragging me with her! We were under the fence and with my mother in a matter of seconds.

Eventually, Libby and I became inseparable. We participated in dog sports and attended dog shows together. I learned so much from her. She taught me patience, perseverance, and the importance of building a strong bond with your dog. Libby will always hold a special place in my heart as the dog who taught me so much about life and love.

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
Riesling

In the past decade, I’ve had the privilege of working with countless AKC and 4-H mentors. Through these programs, I’ve learned how to train dogs to excel in competitive sports such as obedience, conformation, and rally. I’m particularly fond of working with high-drive breeds, such as retrievers and shepherds. I’ve also developed a strong interest in helping dogs and their owners overcome behavioral issues to achieve peace and happiness.

My experience with dogs has taught me that animals deserve respect and empathy. I firmly believe in listening to dogs’ behavior to understand their needs and working with them to provide customized solutions.

Meet My Dogs

Riesling

Alessia:

Nearly two-year-old Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

She is highly energetic and always eager to go, go, go! She is my psychiatric service dog. When she was a year old, I entered her in her first retriever test, and she passed with flying colors. We even attempted the harder test the same day, and she was the only one to pass. I had never seen her light up so quickly; this was all due to her natural instincts.

Hobbies: Squirrel chasing, tripping her parents, “playing” with the cat, rally, retrieving, and above all, being there for me.

megan shevlin, assistant dog trainer and Leo

Pippa:

Ten-year-old Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Every morning, she crashes down on top of you, kicks you in the face, and shoves her paws in your ears. If you don’t allow her to do so, she’ll follow you around until you do. Pippa was my last 4H dog before I aged out of competition, and she and I have been through a lot together.

Hobbies: wrestling her sister, shredding tennis balls, swimming, retrieving, and crying for me every time that I swim without her.