Our team of expert dog trainers in Richmond, VA
Schylar Postle is a Professional Dog Trainer with over 15 years of training experience. Growing up with a leash in her hand, Schylar started training her first puppy at the age of four under the watchful eye of her father, a Training Instructor at The Tom Rose School in St. Louis, Missouri. At the age of eight Schylar trained her second dog to compete in AKC obedience receiving her first CD title with two first place finishes and a third place finish. Not only did Schylar spend her childhood at The Tom Rose School, but from an early age she assisted in countless training demonstrations, group classes and assisting owners in training their pets. Before relocating to Richmond to further her training career at Holiday Barn, Schylar trained dogs for K9 America in St. Louis, Missouri. In her spare time Schylar enjoys training her own dog Margo, a Belgian Malinois, and Bobbi Girl, a Dutch Shepherd, in various levels of obedience and dog sports. She loves helping Richmond area dogs (and their families) live happier, healthier, more balanced lives! Contact us today to schedule your dog’s training session.
Dickie Martinson is a Professional Dog Trainer with 10 years of professional experience. Growing up he always loved animals and loved having a variety of different pets at home. It wasn’t uncommon for Dickie to bring home animals to keep. He decided to take his passion for animals and make it his career. He attended Tom Rose School in St. Louis, Missouri where he received his Professional Dog Trainer certificate. He began his career at Happy Hollow Pet Lodge in Ozark, Missouri where he trained police K9’s for four years. He continued his career by starting his own company Camp Aussie Posse and ran that for six years. At Camp Aussie Posse he specialized in the rehabilitation of dogs with aggression or fear issues. Dickie is devoted to using his training skills to enrich the quality of life for both dog and humans. Contact us today to schedule your dog’s training session.
McKenzie Dewar is originally from Goochland, Virginia. She grew up around animals and took on work at a young age pet sitting for family, friends and neighbors. She attended the University of Virginia and received a Bachelors degree in Psychology. She then worked as a dog walker and pet sitter in Richmond for 3 years. She graduated from National K9 School for Dog Trainers and received her certification as a Professional Dog Trainer with endorsements in obedience training, behavioral counseling, puppy development, and customer relations with dog owners. She also received endorsements in retrieval, owner protection, assistance dog training, tracking/trailing, scent detection, and basic police K-9. McKenzie is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and the National K-9 Dog Trainers Association. Contact us today to schedule your dog’s training session.
Melaina Russell joined the Holiday Barn pack in August 2015 as a member of the Customer Experience team. Shortly after she was promoted to the Customer Experience Coordinator at the Glen Allen location. She grew up in Richmond, VA and graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelors degree in Business Management. After working at Holiday Barn for three years, she had the opportunity to attend Tarheel Canine School for Dog Trainers where she received her certification as a Professional Dog Trainer. She is now at our South of the James location helping pet owners with their dog training needs and ultimately helping them achieve stronger bonds with their dogs. When she’s not training dogs at work, she enjoys training her Miniature Schnauzer Rory in agility, obedience and barn hunt.