Prep Your Pup Training Academy, LLC





Prep Your Pup Training Academy, LLC is an affiliated network of trainers providing the foundation for you and your puppy to start off on the right foot, and paw! It's the Preparation needed to live happily and harmoniously together. 

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About The Trainers

Prep Your Pup Training Academy, LLC is comprised of, and refers training opportunities to, an affiliated network of dog trainers.  We benefit from sharing the vast knowledge base and diversity that each trainer brings to Prep Your Pup.  All Prep Your Pup Trainers utilize positive reinforcement training methods. We incorporate Puppy Culture Enrichment Training into our daily work with each puppy.  Our trainers adhere to the principle of LIMA when training puppies.  LIMA is an acronym that stands for "Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive." "LIMA does not justify the use of punishment in lieu of other effective interventions and strategies." -



My name is Julie Bastis. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). I live in rural western Northern Virginia on our little farm with my husband and children.  We have two adult Sheepadoodle sisters, Daisy and Clover. Daisy was born deaf and Clover acts as her ears.  They are both trained in sign language.  The comic relief on our farm comes from 7 exceedingly friendly goats, not quite so affectionate chickens, curious cows and bees (best enjoyed at a distance!)

I trained my first puppy when I was about 10 years old under the guidance of my veterinarian father.  I informally trained many other puppies through the years.  In 2018, training puppies became my full time job.

My approach to training is positive reinforcement and LIMA (Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive) methods. I incorporate Puppy Culture Enrichment Training into my daily interactions with puppies.

I am a member of APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers) and regularly complete continuing education.

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My name is Wendy Lott.  I am a retired Law Enforcement Officer. During my time in Law Enforcement I spent 4 years in the K9 unit handling a single purpose Explosive Ordinance Detection K9 named Nemo.  During this time I went to several K9 schools. In 2007 I completed the K9 Train the Trainers Program at Tarheel Canine Academy. I became a certified K9 trainer for EOD K9's. I assisted with training other K9's within my department and other agencies. After Nemo was retired, I continued to work him with a private security company for 5 more years.
I was a member of the United States Police Canine Association and The North American Police Work Dog Association. I am currently a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and I continue to complete continuing education.  I have trained under one of the top trainers in the Schutzhund Sport World, Butch Henderson. The sport consists of tracking, obedience and protection training. I love training puppies and providing a solid foundation for them to transition into their forever homes.



My name is Samantha St.Clair. My passion for training dogs began with my heart dog, Tucker, over 14 years ago. Tucker inspired me to learn more about dog behavior and training. We earned several agility and trick dog titles together over the years. I spend most of my free time reading books and watching videos about dog training, have volunteered at several animal shelters and began a career working with dogs (and other animals) through pet photography and publishing. Every time I interact with dogs, I carry my philosophy of creating a bond with them through positive reinforcement.

I continue my education through professional training conferences such as ClickerExpo, am active in a variety of training groups, and currently volunteer as a puppy raiser for a service dog organization. I share my home with PAD Cody, who is currently on a path to becoming a mobility assistance dog. He goes everywhere with me and has been such a joy to raise. I cannot wait for your puppy to start their journey with me!

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Melanie is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) with a wealth of training and behavior modification experience. She has more than a decade of experience training dogs and has worked both privately and in classes with owners. Melanie graduated with distinction as a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), is  a Fear Free Certified Trainer and an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She is committed to science-based, force-free training methods, uses positive reinforcement to keep dogs and their people happy and strives to teach simple, effective methods to achieve goals.  Melanie is committed to providing the most effective, convenient solutions to her clients' dog training needs. She avidly pursues ongoing continuing education and professional development by attending several seminars per year and keeping current on industry literature.  When not helping clients to enjoy easier lives with their canine companions, Melanie takes her dogs to therapy visits and participates in agility.



Kate has been working with dogs formally since 2010. For 5 years, Kate operated a New York City based doggy daycare that included overnight care. This was the perfect venue for her to hone her positive reinforcement training techniques. Her training paved the way for smooth transitions for pets and pet owners within the city's diverse population.

Now located in Southwest Pennsylvania with her eight-year-old daughter, Kate has retired from her twenty-year career in higher education and career services to work with puppies full-time.  She enjoys working with families, children and their dogs to build communication styles that foster confidence and positive interactions.

Kate continues to take advantage of opportunities to enhance her knowledge of dog behavior through LIMA methods.    



Kelly grew up surrounded by dogs.  As a child her beagle mix was one of the best dogs a little girl could have. She is proud to have rescued two Wheaton Terriers. These early days have grown into working with many dogs, each bringing new challenges and personality traits to adapt to and learn from. Kelly got her start formally providing foundational puppy training by apprenticing with an established trainer.  The knowledge she gained from her mentor as well as continuing education and life experience has shaped her into an excellent trainer. 
Kelly is a horsewoman, heavily involved in the equine community and has raised numerous orphaned fouls over the years.  The skills used when training the foals are very similar to the skills used to train dogs.  
A few years ago Kelly brought Moxie home, and Aussiedoodle mix puppy. Through training this smart and active puppy, Kelly has recently been through the same process that all new puppy owners go through on a personal level.  She can truly relate. Moxie is fantastic with the puppies in training and is a great role model for them.    
Kelly trains under the LIMA (Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive) training method.




My name is Lauren Gamble. I live in south central Pennsylvania with my husband and Newfydoodle, Doug. Growing up, I was always surrounded by dogs at home. I enjoyed volunteering at animal shelters, raising money for various animal organizations, and watching shows about dogs and dog training.

It wasn't until I started volunteering for Phoenix Assistance dogs, and raised PAD Will, that I realized how much I enjoy training dogs. The PAD trainers were always impressed with my ability to apply the training advice they gave me to make Will successful.  PAD Will is now a fully certified working service dog for a wonderful woman in New Jersey. He lives the best life going to the beach and swimming almost everyday. 

I recently became trained to evaluate teams for their Public Access Test through PAD. I look forward to continuing my dog training education.

I use positive reinforcement and LIMA training methods. I enjoy working with puppies, giving them a solid foundation that can be built on for the rest of their lives. 

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