Our Trainers

Animal Alliances, LLC is located at 137-E Damon Road, Northampton, MA 01060  CONTACT US

Email Caroline Moore at info@animalalliances.com for more information.

Kelly AnsaldoKelly Ansaldo has been hooked on agility since taking her first agility class almost 20 years ago with her husky mix, Koki.  While agility training has come a long way since then, Kelly still applies some of the same basic principles she started with, positive training methods and a strong desire to have fun, exciting bonding experiences with her dog.


Kelly was an agility instructor for almost 3 years, training future agility competitors in group and private lessons.  She currently travels to Connecticut weekly to attend masters level agility classes and stays current on all the new “buzz” in agility.  She competes in master’s level classes with her border collie, Scout and enjoys hiking and agility play sessions with her retired border collie, Charlotte.  She also spends time with her adopted Maltese/poodle cross, Taffy, who came to her very people reactive but has come a long way since becoming a part of Kelly’s family.


Kelly’s greatest enjoyment in agility training comes from the confidence building in dogs through this type of play and learning experience.  Watching a dog work through the learning process, perform a task correctly for the first time and see that tail wag with excitement and a happy human partner is what makes it all worthwhile.  It’s exciting to watch dogs blossom and grow through this type of learning as well as the bonds between dogs and their humans.


Kelly has worked with animals her whole life.  She has an A.S. in veterinary and animal science and an A.S. in business administration.  She worked as a certified veterinary technician for may years.  She volunteered at the MSPCA as an adoption councilor and caregiver for many years and has been involved in the foster care programs at the MSPCA and TJO shelters.  She works as a subcontractor for a day care and boarding facility and is owner of Paradise City Pet Sitting.  Kelly lives with her husband, 2 kids, 3 dogs, 2 cats and a small flock of chickens.

 


 

Elexy WiseElexy Wise began apprenticing at Animal Alliances in January of 2015. He has been interested in behavioral modification since he was very young- while his classmates were wanting to be doctors and firefighters, he was set on becoming a dolphin trainer. His particular interest in training dogs began about five years ago, when he spent a road trip teaching his sister’s new beagle puppy to “kiss” on command.

Elexy’s favorite sidekick is a pitbull mix named Hitch. Hitch is bilaterally deaf (meaning both ears), and most likely has been for his entire life. Elexy trains him using a modified version of clicker training, with a particular hand cue used for a “click.” Because of his deafness, Hitch had received very little training when he came to live with Elexy just over a year ago. He has come a long way, and now knows standard obedience hand signals used by most dog handlers, as well as many American Sign Language cues. He has also made great strides in improving his dog reactivity, and has made some great canine friends in the past few months.

In addition to teaching dog training classes, Elexy often attends Animal Alliances classes with Hitch, which helps him empathize with the students in his classes. Elexy’s favorite parts of dog training include teaching self control exercises and helping owners to understand what their dog is trying to tell them.

Elexy is very open to working with deaf dogs and/or handlers. Through working with Hitch, Elexy has become very comfortable with modifying clicker training methods to suit the different communication needs of deaf dogs. Elexy is also conversationally proficient in American Sign Language.

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