About The Dog Face Team
Amy joined our team in June, 2011
Behavior Team Director, Canine Behavior Specialist
Growing up in Monroe, I was that kid who brought home EVERYTHING (4 legged or less) home. You name it, I have probably had it at one time or another. However, I was born with canine in my genes since members from both sides ofmy family were breeders, trainers, etc. and I followed iin their footsteps with my first Lab when I was 11. Fast forward quite a few years, and my passion for critters has only increased! Today I live outside of Argyle with my 2 dogs, 7 cats, 3 horses and countless rescues that pass through on their way to new forever homes. As you can probably guess, I don't have a lot of free time for hobbies, and the ones I do enjoy (camping, hunting & horseback riding to name a few) usually include my animals in some way
Joining the Dog Face Team has been a thrill! I continue to learn and grow in an area that I still can't get enough of, and am meeting new people who share my feelings for dogs, as well as other animals. I look forward to meeting you and your furry family members!
Maija joined our team in October, 2012
Group Training Class Assistant, Behavior Specialist
Hi there! I'm Maija and I live in Middleton with my Golden Retriever, Griffin. I grew up in the northwoods of Wisconsin, and with my father working as a game warden, our home was always filled with critters. Anything from fawns and bear cubs, to racoons and baby birds! My love of animals was huge then, and has just continued to grow. I received an Art degree from UW-Madison in 2009 and began running my own portrait photography business. Much to my enjoyment, pet photography is a huge part of what I do! I also have a wonderful time over the past year volunteering at the Green County Humane Society, photograhing the animals as well as spending as much cuddling and socializing as I can :)
In the fall of 2011, a spirited Golden Retriever puppy came into my life and it will never be the same. His enthusiastic energy and life-loving perspective has kept me happy as well as extremely busy over teh past year. Griffin and I are always up for an adventure adn find ourselves taking road trips, hiking, camping, swimming, kayaking and just having a good romp at the dog park or with friends. We love to spend time outdoors, but you'll also find us curled up with a good book on occasion. We enjoy meeting new people and their pets and we can't wait to meet you and yours as well! Working with Giene and the rest of the team as part of Dog Face is a dream come true!
Check out Maija's photography - She does amazing work! Maija Le Photography
Chelsea joined our team in May, 2011
Group Training Class Instructor, Behavior Specialist
I graduated from UW-Platteville in May of 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science and a minor in Psychology. Shortly after that, I joined the Dog Face Team and I have loved every minute of it! I am originally from Mazomanie, WI and I grew up surrounded by a variety of animals (guinea pigs, birds, cats, dogs, goats, cows, llamas, and horses).
I now live in Madison with my Golden Retriever, Nutmeg. Meg and I enjoy attending rally obedience trials and recently earned our Rally Novice Title :) My non-animal related hobbies include photography, downhill skiing, camping, and water skiing. I love being able to bring my dog to work and meeting all of the new dogs. It is amazing to see how each one develops during our classes!
Nutmeg and I can’t wait to meet you!
Nicole joined our team in March, 2013
Group Training Class Instructor
I grew up in Verona, and animals have always surrounded my life. Growing up, we always had a pair of dogs… I obedience trained my first at about 11 years old. I was always bringing home any critters I found, rabbits, salamanders, frogs.. you get the picture :). I've been riding horses since I was old enough to know what they were, and enjoy doing horse sports like Polo and Hunter Jumper. My passion for animals doesn't end there! I have been fostering several types of animals for about 10 years now, and even started my own small animal rescue with a friend of mine, specializing in guinea pigs. I often get the 'troubled' foster dogs, and more often than not they are a herding breed or a mix of such.
My passion is stock dogs. I currently own 5 border collies, and compete in herding competitions all over the nation. My most experienced dog and I are working our way to Open, which is the highest level of herding competition. I have littermates that are about 2 years old, and my male, Sam, will be competing in “Nursery” (for herding dogs) this season. Nursery is a mid level course, but the dog must be under three years old to compete. Not a lot of dogs make Nursery, as it takes a special kind of dog to be mature enough to handle the pressure of training and competing at such a young age. So as you can imagine, we are very excited! My other two dogs just turned a year and are also littermates, and I can't want to start them on sheep this spring, as well as another of their littermate that I am also training. I love my border collies and working with their natural talent is something that I just cannot get enough of. I'm hoping that soon I can combine my passions, and herd sheep from horseback with my wonderful dogs.
I’m looking forward to meeting you and your dogs, and helping with your success stories!
Alisa joined our team in April, 2013
Group Training Class Assistant
Hi - I’m Alisa! I grew up all over the place including Kenosha, WI, Bozeman, MT, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and finally settled down in Madison, WI. I graduated high school here then went to Missoula, MT for college. Moving around so much gave me a passion for meeting new people and keeping close relationships with my family and pets! My family picked up our first rescue dog when I was in middle school and we had her still after I graduated college. My (soon to be) husband and I met in school in Montana and we got Grady, our Boston Terrier. Grady has been the love of my life ever since!
Soon our family of three moved back to Madison and several years later we adopted our Boxer Tela from a high-kill shelter in TN. Tela is the reason I’ve started working so hard with training both dogs. We’ve come a long way (from not knowing how to go down the stairs and walk on a leash) to passing her first class! I look forward to relating to all you overwhelmed dog owners! Trust me, I’ve been there!!
Emily joined our team in April, 2013
Group Training Class Assistant
Hello! I'm Emily—Indiana native, Purdue Boilermaker, social media manager and doggy mom to two energetic terriers named Scottie and Sadie (also known as Scotch and Taters).
My love of dogs began with a Jack Russell puppy named Ralphie. Technically he was my brother's dog, but he was my snuggle bug on weekends home from college. That is where my love of small, crazy, white spotted pups began.
Fast forward past the college and post grad years—finally settling down in Wisconsin. Enter husband and crazy pup number 1. After searching and searching we spotted him on a local rescue site. He was cute, white and part Jack Russell. We were sold. Two years later we brought home his sister—you guessed it, another wiry little terrier. From the moment they met, they were inseparable. They snuggle, they play, they fight for attention. Everything we wanted in our two dog home.
With two rescued dogs (or even one for that matter) comes a great deal of learning. Separation anxiety. Sound phobia. House Breaking. Basic obedience. I've seen it all. So excited to take all this experience and help other dog moms and dads.
Chassidy joined our team in April, 2013
Group Training Class Assistant
Chassidy is a senior at Mount Horeb High School and will be starting the pre-veterinary program at UW-Eau Claire in the fall! She absolutely LOVES working with animals - especially dogs! Her own dog, Augustine, is a sweet little Sheltie. Chassidy is so excited to be part of our Behavior Team!