Owner and Lead Trainer
Phyllis Beasley, CPDT-KA, FFCP, has over 20 years experience training dogs. She earned her Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed from the Council for the Certification of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) in 2011 and is a certified Fear-Free trainer. She has been a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers since the early 2000's. She is a professional member of the Pet Professional Guild, an association dedicated to promoting force-free training. She is also a Supporting Member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a Pet Partners therapy animal evaluator.
So what do the certifications and these professional memberships mean to you?
It means that Phyllis has kept up with the latest in positive training methods and behavior studies and trains only using current methods and theories. It also means that she has made a commitment to train your dog as you want to treat him...with kindness and understanding.
Phyllis co-founded South Carolina Sheltie Rescue. She has successfully trained her own dogs for competition and clients’ dogs for basic skills, competition and behavior modification. Phyllis' dogs have earned upper levels in obedience, agility, and Rally Obedience, and she handled her Sheltie, Sky, to his UKC conformation championship and with points towards his AKC championship. Three of her Shelties have been registered with Pet Partners therapy animal organization. Her last Sheltie Pet Partner was also certified as a HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response dog. Phyllis' newest dog, a German Shepherd Dog, Elo, began training in human remains detection.
From 2003 until 2015, Phyllis served as Assistant Trainer with Pawsitive Results, LLC, until its closure in December 2015. Working with Teoti Anderson, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP provided her with years of experience under Ms. Anderson's mentorship and support.
Ms. Beasley writes a monthly column for the Pet Page of The Columbia Star weekly newspaper.
Senior Assistant Trainer
Alison Rosenberg previously worked as an assistant with Teoti Anderson's Pawsitive Results support team. She is a Professional Member of APDT, the AKC Pet Partnership Program and an active member of the Greater Columbia Obedience Club. She is also a certified AKC CGC evaluator.
She currently has five dogs, Adler the Otterhound and his mother Amira, Ruthie a Miniature Dachshund, Sugar “Bean”, a Standard Dachshund and Nosework fanatic, and Murray the rescue, agility wonder dog.
Murray has earned both his Agility Novice Standard and Novice Jumper titles. He is also a Canine Good Citizen. Sugar has titled in K-9 Nosework and is a fine hunter of lizards. Adler and Alison formerly showed in conformation, where Adler won Best Puppy at the National Otterhound Specialty Sweepstakes in St. Louis. He was a representative for the Otterhound at Meet the Breeds during the AKC National Championship in Orlando. Besides meeting new people, Adler enjoys Agility, tracking and hiking.
Alison loves any and all activities that include dogs and their people! Her love for working
with animals began early in a local animal shelter, Greenville Zoo and later as a veterinary assistant at the Animal Emergency Clinic.
Robbie Black started his dog training journey in 2012 with his Labrador Retrievers, Ellie and Otis. As he was learning how to train Ellie and Otis Robbie stumbled upon a group of trainers at the Greater Columbia Obedience Club who were passionate about training dogs with science backed, reward-based techniques. The goal was to share training as an activity with your dog. He learned to treat the dog with respect and said he was hooked!
Not soon after, Robbie started teaching as an assistant at the Greater Columbia Obedience Club in 2014 and by 2015 was leading classes in basic and intermediate skills. He served as GCOC President in 2020, Vice-President in 2015 and 2017, and Co-Obedience Training Director 2019
Robbie and his dogs compete in obedience, rally obedience and nose work. He says that training dogs and teaching dog training techniques to people are two of the most rewarding adventures of his life.
Deb Shealy began assisting with Praise Dog Training classes after completing Basic and Advanced Manners and earning her puppy Miley’s Canine Good Citizen title. Deb enjoyed meeting all the different dogs at Praise Dog and learning more about managing behaviors.
Deb has shared her home with and loved dogs all her life. In 2008, she brought home 2 golden retriever puppies, Arielle and Gabby, and took her first obedience classes and fell in love with training using positive methods. She joined the Greater Columbia Obedience Club early on and continued taking classes. She soon began teaching classes there in obedience, rally and nose work. She has served on the board of the Greater Columbia Obedience Club.
Deb has competed in obedience, rally and nose work. She found that training and trialing with her dogs has built trust and deepened her relationship with her dogs. She enjoys teaching and seeing people and their dogs as they progress and have fun together using only positive, reward-based techniques.
Ashlynn Rivers is a recent graduate of Animal Behavior College (ABC). She completed her ABC internship with Praise Dog Training, and we were so impressed with her skill that we asked her to join us.
Like many of us, Ashlynn has had dogs all her life. When she was in high school, she adopted a rescue dog that had been severely abused. She took him through an obedience program, but when he turned two years old, he suddenly became aggressive. He would unexpectedly turn on people, and Ashlynn could not find anyone to help. After a horrible incident, she was advised to put him down. She says that having to put her best friend down was the hardest thing she has ever had to do. Because of this experience, Ashlynn’s goal is to advance her education in the canine industry and specialize in aggression.
Ashlynn currently has three dogs. Ashlyn is picture here with her three dogs, Dolly (two years old), Esther (seven years old), and Waylon (one year old).