Our Team

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

Lecture History:

  • 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.

Professional Resume:

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.

Sarah Jowett, Assistant Manager

Intercolonial Street Location


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!

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!

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!

Nick Gregory, Assistant Manager

Lady Hammond Road Location

 Pictured from right to left are Molly and Jake, Nick's roommates' dogs, and Kumba, who he occasionally dog sits.

Pictured from right to left are Molly and Jake, Nick's roommates' dogs, and Kumba, who he occasionally dog sits.

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.


Peter Linfield, Daycare Supervisor

Lady Hammond Road Location

 Jollytails dog little MacDuff happily posing with Peter

Jollytails dog little MacDuff happily posing with Peter

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.



Kyla Rogers

 Jollytails dog Hugo giving Kyla a good snuggle

Jollytails dog Hugo giving Kyla a good snuggle

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 Levy

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!


Burnside Location

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 Llewellyn

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 Schneider


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 Schacher


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

Cassandra SIMMS


Cassandra was born and raised in Newfoundland and has been living in Halifax for over 5 years. Cassandra has always had a soft spot for all animals and has always been an advocate for animal rights and rescues. Her life changed when she adopted her dog Kaya. Kaya was also Staff member Tyra’s dog littermate who shares a condition called Megaesophagus. When Kaya was adopted Cassandra changed her whole lifestyle to help and give her the best quality of life, which included changing her career. She knew she wanted to work with animals and loved Jollytails and became part of the JT family. Kaya sadly passed away from a battle with this disease at the young age of 3. Cassandra has since rescued a Malamute Shepherd mix named Meera, a cat named Leonard Nimoy, and her most recent addition to her fur family is a spunky pomeranian named Baloo.

Ainslie Isnor


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.

Sam Szczepanowski


Sam has his roots here in HRM, having been raised in both Halifax and Dartmouth. He now shares his apartment with his girlfriend, two rabbits Bennett and Jackson and two dogs Koda and Paige. His love of canines follows him while out on the trails, at the park and curled up on the couch at home. After searching for a job that suits his personality, Sam is excited to have found one surrounded by his love and passion. He looks forward to working with and learning from the dogs and knowledgeable staff during his time at Jollytails!

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.

Angie, Groomer

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.