Hi, I'm Leah.
The path becoming a dog walker and trainer was not unlike the experience of owning my own dog; it was strengthening, fun, tiring, and I often ate things I REALLY shouldn't have.
My love of animals started when I was a baby, reaching from my stroller for every dog that
passed. I volunteered for the Animal Humane Society as a teenager and then for Can-Do Canines when I was in college. After earning a bachelors degree in sociology at Hamline University, I enrolled at Globe University to pursue a degree in Veterinary Technology. Then, after several years in general practice, I moved into specialty and referral medicine, working at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Blaine. It was there that I sharpened my technical skills, working as an oncology technician for two years; then moving into a float position, and helping all departments with a focus on ICU and patient care. After walking dogs for a few years, I caught the training bug. It led me to Karen Pryor Academy’s Dog Trainer Professional program. Here I learned behavior solving techniques, and the science and practice of dog training using reward-based methods. I love working on life skills, leash walking, working with reactive dogs, and shaping fun behaviors with dogs and their owners. Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP) is a credential held by only 1,642 members worldwide.
Why choose me instead of wag, or another larger company?
Consistency. I will always be the person to walk your dog. Forming a routine for your pet creates structure and expectation.
Variety. This is Minnesota, guys. It rains, it snows, it’s humid, and fall is never long enough. When the weather doesn’t permit more than a potty break, your dog’s visit will include puzzle toys, interactive games, and maybe even some clicker training! Dogs need mental exercise, novelty, and the freedom to make choices in their lives as well as physical exercise. A physically tired dog is not necessarily a ‘good’ dog.
Medical background. As a Certified Veterinary Technician, I have experience in the ICU, Internal Medicine, and Oncology departments of an emergency and specialty hospital. I will notice if anything is slightly off with your pet and quickly take the correct steps to ensure they are safe and healthy. I'm also comfortable with post-op pets, aging pets, and pets with diabetes and other medical conditions that need to be carefully monitored.
Dog Training Experience. I am a recent graduate of Karen Pryor Academy’s Dog Trainer Professional program. Since starting this business I have been geeking out on dog behavior and training, and working with Abby Hartman of It’s Training Cats and Dogs, LLC. I use reward-based positive training techniques, and understand the importance of effective communication and consistency while working with and walking dogs.
Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP) 2019 graduate
Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) since 2010
5 years of experience working for BluePearl specialty/referral hospital
Focus on internal medicine, oncology, and intensive care
Relief ICU technician at BluePearl in Blaine, MN
Licensed LLC & fully insured by Kennel Pro
Canine and Feline CPR/First Aid Certified through Pet Emergency Education
Member of The Pet Professional Guild (An Association for Force-Free Pet Professionals)
10+ years experience pet sitting/dog walking
get in touch.
Please contact me with questions or to book a consultation using the form below.
Hairy Poppins, LLC
Hours of operation
7am-5pm 7 days a week
*Evening training consults and sessions are available*
Please contact me for services requested outside of business hours.