About Me

Experienced Dog Trainer

Sylvia began her career working as an Animal Care Associate at an Animal Shelter (SF SPCA) in 2008 after moving from Duesseldorf/ Germany to San Francisco. She was responsible for the complex needs of shelter dogs, matching dogs to prospective adopters and overseeing adoption councils. Under the tutelage of the SF SPCA dog trainers, she continued her passion and study of dog behavior and training. In 2009 she began working part-time as a dog walker and as a dog handler for a small dog day care. In addition, Sylvia began assisting in formal training classes, puppy play groups, and private dog training.


In 2012, she graduated with honors from Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers and became a member of the PPG (Pet Professional Guild), and the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers). Sylvia continues to regularly attend seminars on dog behavior and training.


Since her graduation, she has been working with hundreds of dogs and their guardians, both in private sessions and as an instructor in public training classes.


In addition, Sylvia and her colleague Lori Nanan (lorinanan.com) launched two Online Dog Training Courses: How to Muzzle Train your Dog, and It's Tricky. Both courses provide, besides a ton of fun, a lot of condensed information on dog training in general.  

After living in Lausanne/ Switzerland for two years, Sylvia, her husband Jan, and their dog Fonzie moved back to the USA. 2020 starts out in Boston, Massachusetts. Services will be offered in the wider Boston area (Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Belmont, Arlington, Newton, Allston, Brookline).