Tristan Flynn, CDBC, CPDT-KA, Co-Owner
Tristan Flynn is Co-Owner of Jollytails, a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and Certified Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. These highly recognized and independent designations means our training programs are based on humane training practices and the latest scientific knowledge about dog training. In other words, Tristan’s dog training expertise is grounded in a thorough, extensive education and independent evaluation.
Prior to opening Jollytails, Tristan operated Golden Rule Training, visiting clients at home and providing dog consultations for aggression, anxiety, and many other issues. Tristan has lectured and done many seminars on many complex dog behavior issues including Dominance, Leash Reactivity and Aggression. Tristan has been a featured expert and interviewed by CTV News, Global, CBC News and been featured on CTV Morning live along with a host of interviews on News 95.7 talk radio. Tristan hosted a weekly call in show titled K9-Connection, which aired in 2013 for 8 months and was broadcast all over Atlantic Canada on the Rogers Radio Network. Tristan also hosted the Jollytails K9 Connection with Sheldon MacLeod in 2015-2016.
Tristan hosted the biweekly 'Dog Talk' segment on The Global Morning News, and is the author and presenter of "The Leash Reactivity Blueprint" Available from Tawzer Dog. Tristan is a popular presenter for the Pet Professional Guild and has hosted 2 global webinars on Daycare Operations and Reactive Dog Training.
APDT Trainers Education Committee Member 2016
- Lectured at the SPCA Wellness Conference in 2014 on Dominance in Dogs.
- Presented in Charlottetown, PEI hosted by the Delta on Reactive Dogs
- Featured Presenter 2015 Association of Professional Dog Trainer conference in Dallas, TX on Running a Multi-use Dog facility.
- Presented to the Atlantic Veterinary Collage on Dog Training in 2015.
- Featured Presenter for the Pet Professional Guild Summit in Tampa, Fl in 2016 on Reactive Dogs.
- Featured Presenter for the Pet Professional Guild in Orlando, Fl in 2017 on Alternate Training Styles.
Tristan has had the opportunity to work with some of the top experts in the world including Dr Ian Dunbar, Ken Ramirez, Kathy Sdao, John Rogerson, Dr Sophia Yin, Dr Karen Overall, Victoria Stillwell and many others.
Tristan lives with his 8 year old Bernese Mountain Dog, Freyja. She earned her Canadian Kennel Club Canine Good Neighbour Certification in 2011 and assists Tristan in training by attending puppy classes and demonstrations. Tristan currently teaches Adult Classes, Puppy level 1 & 2 and Reactive Dog classes at Jollytails.
He strongly believes and adheres to the CCPDT Code of Ethics.
Please visit Tristan's Media and Speaker page for more information or if you would like to interview or speak with Tristan.
- Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) from the International Assocation of Behavior Consultants
- Highest Honors degree from Penn-Foster University as a Dog Obedience Trainer.
- Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
- Certified Canine Specialist Designation from the Pet Joint Advisory Council of Canada.
- Certified in Pet first aid from St john Ambulance.
- Certified Advanced Animal First Aid for Disaster Responders from Humane Society University.
- Implemented the Canine Life and Social Skills training program for the Nova Scotia SPCA. Gives regular advice on assessment and training of shelter dogs.
- Regularly lectures and does seminars on dog behavior including numerous interviews for News 95.7 and the CBC in Halifax. He has presented for the Altantic Veterinary Collage, APDT, PPG, NS SPCA and Dalhousie University
- Certified Canine Life & Social Skills Evaluator.
Pamela Smith, Co-Owner
Like many people, Pam has loved a lot of dogs in her life and grew up always having a furry friend in the family.She has tremendous respect for the relationship between canine and human, and only someone who has loved (and been loved by) a dog can understand just how sublime it is :)
Pam was completely new to the pet-industry when Jollytails opened its doors in July 2012. Having spent well over a decade in the public sector working for government, it would be a big change in her professional life. She is excited to be a part of something that makes her feel good, and is still thrilled every day to be able to deal with fellow dog-lovers and to have the opportunity to hang out with your four-legged best friends. Pam has learned so much about behaviour, nutrition and best-care practices along the way and continues to learn, working hard for your trust.
Pam has completed her Canine Nutrition certification (Cert.CN) through the Canine Animal Sciences Institute, and is working in her advanced certification.
Pam's partner in crime during the inception of Jollytails was an eight year old Basset Hound named George (but more often referred to as Mister Goober) who was diagnosed with cancer in December 2014. Georgie passed away in July 2015 - Jollytails was in part inspired by this wonderful little man, her heart dog.
These days, she can be found hanging out with her big fluffy BFF Marty, a two year old Old English Sheepdog.
Lynsay Bayers, Store Manager
Intercolonial Street Location
Lynsay had a passion for animals her entire life, and has been involved in the pet care industry for over five years. After earning her degree from Eastern College, she worked as a Veterinary Assistant and Pet Attendant, as well as completed animal First Aid/CPR training and became a Nutritional Advocate for pets. Fueling her desire to gain more knowledge, she then went on to take the Companion Animal Enterprise Management Program at Nova Scotia Agricultural College, where she learned Management and Dog Behavior training essential to successful dog daycare dynamic. Lynsay is constantly enrolled into new courses/certifications to further her education and skill-set in the world of companion animals.
Joining Lynsay at Jollytails are Maverick and Maida, her two Alaskan Malamutes. In her spare time, Lynsay and her dogs work together on Competitive obedience, Conformation shows and Urban Mushing, all working towards her goal of bettering the Malamute breed through proper socialization, training and breeding.
Allison Williams, Store Manager
Lady Hammond Road Location
Allie is a Cape Bretoner who graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She has always been a dog lover (with a soft spot for cats!) and hopes to learn all that she can working at Jollytails. She has a dog at home on the island, but her parents are too attached to give him up! His name is Koda and he is 14. In Kodas absence, Little Liya from Jollytails happily agreed to pose for a picture with Allie!
Peter Linfield, Daycare Supervisor
Lady Hammond Road Location
Coming from Tatamagouche, NS, Peter attended Mount Allison University for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. After several years in customer service and hospitality, he decided to find work caring for animals. Always a dog lover, Peter hopes to adopt a canine pal soon, but until then is happy to share his love with the wonderful dogs at Jollytails. In his downtime, Peter enjoys reading, comic books, live music, politics, Super Nintendo, admiring cute pups at the park, and coffee on the porch.
Twyla Schnare, Daycare Supervisor
Intercolonial Street Location
Twyla was born and raised on the Peggys Cove Road and currently shares her home with 2 wonderful dogs of her own, Kilo and Buddy. She has always wanted to work with dogs her entire life and being a part of the Jollytails team has made that dream a reality. She is excited to have the opportunity to do something she absolutely LOVES for many years to come!
Nick moved out east from Ottawa a few years ago and recently graduated from Dalhousie University with a BSc. in Marine Biology. He loves dogs, whether big or small and has spent the last 5 years living with dogs. He has spent a lot of time working with dogs as a volunteer at the local SPCA and is very excited to have the opportunity to work with the dogs at Jollytails on a daily basis.
Kyla has been passionate about animals, especially dogs, her entire life. She graduated from NSCC in 2011 with a diploma in business administration, where she concentrated in marketing. After graduating, Kyla spent the next few years working in customer service, but always wanted an opportunity to work with animals. She currently does not have a dog of her own, but hopes have one soon.
Kyla is very excited to be a part of the Jollytails team, and looks forward to spending her days with the lovely dogs that attend daycare.
Tyra joined the Jollytails family to completely change her career and lifestyle. She is a former correctional worker whose love for animals (especially her canine companion, Molly) has pushed her to outgrow her work with the justice system. Molly is Tyra's heart dog, who at a young age was diagnosed with canine megaesophagus. This is a congenital disease (which she shares with her sister Kaya) that prevents her esophagus from pushing the food/water to her belly! We manage the disease by using a special high chair (Bailey chair) for her to eat in, thickening her water, along with many other time consuming practices. So a career where Molly is able to join Tyra every day has been a huge blessing!
Amanda grew up in New Jersey and moved to Canada in the summer of 2013. Since she was a child she had a love for animals of all shapes and sizes, however, dogs always held a special place in her heart. She has been eager to work with dogs for as long as she can remember, so becoming a member of the Jollytails team makes getting up to go to work a breeze. Sadly at the moment, Amanda doesn't own a dog of her own but wishes to own one within the near future and love it unconditionally.
Brody was born and raised in a small town in Eastern PEI and had just recently moved to Halifax. Brody made the move with his best friend for the last thirteen years, Jake. Jake and Brody share a special bond and are usually inseparable whether out exploring or chilling in front of the TV. Brody has a love for all animals especially dogs. He loves dogs of all shapes and sizes. That's why Brody was very excited about being given the opportunity to join the great team at Jollytails !
Brittany moved to Halifax in the fall of 2016 from Victoria, BC.Born and raised in small mountain town Canmore, Alberta, Britt loves the outdoors and any activity that gets her outside. Brittany graduated from the University of Calgary in 2008 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology. She has since worked in the group fitness and personal training fields in various cities before settling in Halifax. Britt grew up with cats, and until this past winter had missed out on the love and joy that belonging to a dog brings. She lives with her boyfriend, Dave, and her soul dog, Sherman (pictured.) Don't let the jowls fool you, he is a happy sweetheart!
Rene moved to Halifax from Edmonton, Alberta during the summer of 2017. She made her way here along with her two dogs, Ella and Elvis. While in Edmonton, she was educated in dog safety and had many experiences in another dog daycare. Coming here she was eager to share her love for dogs with others, although her two dogs remained her favorites in her heart. Rene always had a soft spot for animals and cherished all that she met and owned. She is honored to join the team here and Jollytails and can't wait to love every dog she can meet
Sarah and her superstar rescue dog Jackson drove from Montreal to Halifax this summer looking for a new adventure! So far, they love the East Coast. Sarah has over fifteen years of experience in the pet product industry, and loves all kinds of critters - fur, feathers or fins. She also has an AEC in Illustration and Design, but has quit the graphic design industry to spend more time with Jackson and conserve her creative energy for what she enjoys painting in her spare time - watercolour “petraits” and the beautiful Maritime scenery. Both Sarah and Jackson are die-hard Montreal Canadiens fans. Et oui, on parle français aussi!
Ainslie grew up surrounded by pets. She always had a passion for caring for animals, especially dogs (including her German Wirehaired Pointer, Splash, and her roommates' Boxer, Jax). She has spent a lot of time volunteering for ElderDog Canada. After graduating from Dalhousie University with a B.Sc. in Biology, she decided Jollytails would be the perfect place to follow her passion and is very excited to be working with the dogs in the daycare.
Tabea Stawitz, CPDT-KA Trainer
Tabea fell in love with training and animal behaviour after rescuing her mastiff mix Paco in 2009. While researching the best methods for training Paco, Tabea found passion and inspiration for reward- based training and behavior modification. In 2013 Tabea got involved with Heather A. Logan and Cloverfield Animal Behaviour Services and their specialist training. In addition to sharing her home with Paco, Tabea is working with Lux, a yellow Labrador retriever, who she is training as a PTSD service dog. Lux is completed training in 2015, after which she was placed with a veteran and completes tasks such a identifying panic behaviours and helping with mobility issues. Tabea has her Operant Conditioning Behavior Analysis Level One Certificate, Teaching Certificate Level One, and Animal Care and Training Certification and is currently working towards her Service Dog Training Certification.
Erin Piercy, AGILITY Trainer
Being only 8-years-old when her mom started doing agility, she was forced to tag along. It wasn’t long before Erin caught the agility bug herself. She first started running her mom’s dogs, then moved onto running fellow competitor’s dogs. She was the first participant in the Junior Handler program in the Maritimes and gained valuable experience by working and handling many different dogs of varying breeds and skill sets. Her sheltie Toffee went on to win several Regional Championships, National Championship, Lifetime Achievement, and even up to her retirement stayed at the top of her division her entire career. Her border collie Mach also has won several Regional and National Championships, but also helped her gain international agility experience with Team Canada for several years, going on to compete across Canada, the US, and Europe. She has been teaching agility since 2008 and has learned alongside some of the best trainers and competitors around the world, and continues to learn through teaching!
Erin Jones, CDBC, CPDT-KA Trainer
Erin is originally from Halifax though moved to Ontario in 1999 where she lived for 8 years as co-owner and operator of Endless Journey Farm, a professional ‘A’ Circuit horse show facility. She professionally trained horses and ponies for the show ring and successfully competed throughout North America. After moving from Ontario she then spent some time as a trainer at Marine Life as a part of the Sea Lion and Penguin team, also continuing to train horses in Nova Scotia, Alberta and BC. Erin has her B.Sc. in Animal Science and in Psychology/Anthropology. She obtained her Certificate in Equine Management and more recently her Certificate in Animal Welfare. She is also an M.Sc. candidate in Anthrozoology (Animal studies, behaviour, and ethology) at Canisius College (NY), 2018. Erin’s primary focus is now on training dogs. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed. She worked with Dr. Benoit and his team at Companion Veterinary Clinic in Alberta as a trainer and behaviour consultant and now owns Merit Professional Dog Training here in Nova Scotia. She progressively educates herself with up-to-date scientific literature and through continuing education. Erin currently lives with her one senior dog, Monday, and prides herself on advocating for welfare practices in training and to create a positive relationship between dog and guardian.
Angela spent all of her life fanatical about dogs, and other pets, growing up alongside many animals. In 2005 Angela moved to Calgary, Alberta and worked in animal retail. In 2009, she began working as a bather/brusher where she decided to become a dog groomer. Shortly after graduating from grooming school, under certified master groomer Jeanette Embree, in 2010 Angela was hired by her teacher to work at “A Royal Touch” (Calgary, AB). In 2011, Angela began work at “Hair of the Dog” (Calgary, AB), under master groomer Michelle Skinner. Angela credits her knowledge and skills to both of her former mentors, and is looking forwards to acquire new experience at Jollytails in Atlantic Canada. While Angela enjoys working with all breeds of dog, some of her favourites to groom include: Pomeranians, Shelties, Poodles, and Doodles. Angela is a proud owner of several amazing dogs: Her two lovely Pomeranians, Vixie (12), and Runt (9); Indigo (6) her Australian cattle dog; and her tea cup Yorkshire Terrier, Chewbacca (4).
Danielle Richards, Groomer
Danielle has always had a love for companion animals, especially dogs. After trying different types of jobs and starting university to study biology, she decided she wanted to find a more hands-on way to work with animals, and decided grooming was the perfect choice. She moved to St. John's, NL in 2012 to take the Animal Grooming Professional course at the Academy Canada Trades College and graduated in 2013. She worked for a mobile grooming salon there until her daughter, Maizie, was born. She then moved back to Halifax to be closer to family. She has two dogs: a Border Collie mix named Jazzy, and Chico the Lab.
Danielle is always looking to expand her grooming knowledge and skills and is very excited to be working at Jollytails!
Jennie Pelton, Groomer
Jennie loves animals and is passionate about their care. She attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design for 2 years before embarking on her dog grooming career. She has attended several workshops and conferences both locally and nationally in pet grooming and care and has obtained the Stylist Technician Certificate in June 2014. Her favorite furry companion is DoraMae - a bearded collie mix that she adopted from the SPCA 4 years ago. DoraMae is currently sporting a brightly hued feather in one of her ears courtesy of her Mom, the groomer.