P.E.T.S. Co-founder and Trainer, ABCDT, CNWI
Pam has loved working with animals ever since she was a little girl. She trained her first dog, a German Shepherd, in obedience and protection when she was in high school, and has been training dogs ever since. She graduated and received her dog training certification from Animal Behavior College. For 12 years, Pam taught group puppy classes/adult group obedience for SIRIUS® Puppy Training. She is a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) from the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW), an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Trainer and Evaluator, and is certified in Pet CPR & First Aid. She is also a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).
Currently, besides holding puppy socials (P.E.T.S.), Pam offers K9 Nose Work classes, real world classes (A Dog’s Day Out!), and private behavioral consultations and training through her own company (A Dog’s Day!). She is also an instructor at NACSW K9 Nose Work Camps around the U.S.
Pam loves being able to help dogs and their handlers build strong bonds and teamwork, and help fearful and reactive dogs build confidence. Doing this with activities that enriches their lives like K9 Nose Work and Puppy Socials never gets old.
Pam has three adult sons and lives in San Jose, CA with her husband and their new puppy, Fig, a Miniature Long Haired Dachshund, who has just started her K9 Nose Work adventure!
P.E.T.S. Co-founder (retired) and Trainer, ABCDT
Sarah, a life-long dog owner, was first exposed to positive dog training methods when attending SIRIUS® Puppy Training classes in 2010 with her puppy. She started reading and researching the methods and loved learning about how to train a dog in a reward-based system. With a little prompting from her husband, she decided to pursue a career as a dog trainer after 28 years in nursing.
Sarah graduated with honors from Animal Behavior College in May of 2013, taught for SIRIUS® Puppy Training from 2013–2019, and started P.E.T.S. puppy socials with mentor Pam Behrens in 2014. Sarah is also a Certified Pet First Aid Instructor for Pet Tech.
What Sarah enjoys most is watching puppies and their owners have the "ah-ha" moments as they learn how to communicate with each other.
Sarah retired in 2019 and currently lives in Lincoln, CA with her husband and two Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.
Our Assistants and Volunteers
Lead Assistant, ABCDT
Haley is an ABCDT Certified Dog Trainer who has been working with dogs through puppy socials, private training, sitting, and walking. She enjoys being outdoors and going to the beach with her pup and taking him to off-leash locations where he can roam around and have relaxed fun. She is also certified in pet CPR and first aid.
Laura has been working with and raising service dog hopefuls for nearly 4 years. She is currently raising her 5th lab. Raising these pups is where she discovered her love of working with dogs. She recently competed The Principles of Dog Training class with the Michael Ellis school of dog training and has plans to continue her dog training education. She is also Certified in Pet First Aid.
Elizabeth’s love of animals began in childhood. Her first love was Snowball the bunny. In elementary school, she was designated as animal caretaker for seven animals including ferrets, prairie dogs, and snakes. Later, she participated in equine events and cared for horses at a local stable.
In 2003, Elizabeth became a certified groomer. In 2019, Elizabeth began attending P.E.T.S. Socials with her second Corgi puppy and eventually became a volunteer assistant with P.E.T.S. Socials. Elizabeth successfully trained her Corgi as a service dog and is also certified in pet first aid.
Elizabeth currently resides locally with her retired service dog and her current service dog, both Corgis, and with her parents, who have two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
Terri Festa is the owner of The Den in the Redwoods, a mountain haven for doggie daycare and overnight boarders, located on 20 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Terri resides on the property with her husband, Doug, and their two dogs. Her 18 years of experience with groups of dogs served as a strong base for her leap into pet sitting over 11 years ago. Terri brings years of experience with pack behavior.
Terri is the founder of Society Dog, a social club for dogs and dog-lovers, which is based in Los Gatos and has chapters throughout the Bay Area.
Terri is a member of the NAPPS (National Association of Professional Pet Sitters) and Dogtec Academy and is certified in Canine First Aid.