Owner & Principal
Zoe is the mastermind behind the Pack Method Prep concept. She has been training dogs professionally for over a decade. In only the past few years, she has assisted in growing and managing a startup dog daycare, helped grow a small local training company into achieving recognition as The #1 Dog Training Company in San Diego, and started her own private training company, Zoe’s Dog Training, which is one of the highest recommended and best reviewed training companies in the city. In 2016-2017 her hard work paid off in a big way as she was selected to co-star in a series on Animal Planet called Cat Versus Dog alongside the world’s most respected domestic cat expert.
During her time in San Diego, Zoe forged bonds with a number of the canine experts in the area, from veterinarians to groomers, daycare owners to pet sitters, canine wellness experts to nutritionists. She began to specialize in creating a holistic solution to each canine behavior challenge by integrating these professionals into the dogs modification program, ensuring that every influential aspect of the dogs life was held accountable for its impact on the dog’s overall behavior. This unique approach lead her to the idea of Pack Method Prep, a training facility and program that integrates structure and socialization in a way that can truly create a foundation that lasts.
Zoe has a passion for bringing canine professionals together in an effort to create options for pet parents that are realistic, effective, and educational. She believes that Pack Method Prep will not only be a place where canine Students reach their full potential but where canine PARENTS are challenged to better their understanding of the canine species as a whole. Her personal motto is “Live Life, Train Dogs” and through the PMP platform, Zoe strives to make this relaxed view of canine ownership achievable for the masses.
Zoe is CPDT- KA Certified and has a Bachelors in Business Management from Syracuse University (she also minored in Music Industry – for an extra treat, check out her alter ego as Mad Z from the local rock band MAd Z and The Boones).
General Manager & Vice Principal
One might say Yanina grew up in a zoo. She had dogs, birds, cats, rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, and fish…to name a few. This environment developed her understanding of the human-animal bond and lead to her work with shelter animals. She socialized dogs of all breeds, ages and temperaments, helped them form a solid training foundation, created behaviors that diminished fear and anxiety and promoted adoption. Since then, Yanina has also dedicated her time to the study of daycare dogs, working in the canine care industry for over 5 years as both an attendant and in management. In addition to her position at PMP, she is the office manager of Zoe’s Dog Training and the Cant-Live-Without-Her Right-Hand-Gal to Zoe Sandor. She specializes in keeping the boat afloat and if you haven’t met her yet, you will! 🙂
Malory grew up assisting her family in raising champion conformation dogs and got her first Sheltie at the age of 12. She has over 20 years of professional training experience, which she has called on in the creation of her personal company over the last decade, as well as her role as Private and Group Class Instructor with Zoe’s Dog Training since 2016. As if that weren’t enough, she also works as a Herding Instructor in- training under the world renown Terry Perish here in San Diego AND is now officially one of San Diego’s only certified canine fitness (CCFT) instructors. Malory specializes in herding breeds (the quirkier the better!) and is an expert in advanced obedience and impulse control.
Malory is a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer (CCFT).
If you want to see magic in real life, call Ace. His raw talent for communicating with canines through the use of nothing more than positive energy is unmatched. Ace discovered his passion after he rescued a Pit Bull named Storm. She inspired him to help dogs reach their truest potential, which he has since dedicated his life to through his work with Zoe’s Dog Training as a private instructor and pack trainer, as well as his personal company, and his volunteer work with the underprivileged (both human and canine). Ace specializes in rehabilitating aggression and fear, and believes wholly that all dogs can be helped if just given the chance and opportunity to flourish.
Ace is Pet CPR Certified and working towards his Professional Canine Training Certification while continuing his education in collegiate level Mathematics and English.
Jacquelyn began training professionally at the age of 19, working with dogs in both group classes and private environments. For the past two years she acted as a lead trainer at Petsmart and was recently hired as a private instructor for Zoe’s Dog Training. Jacquelyn has experience with dogs of all ages, breeds, and temperaments; and specializes in puppy to advanced obedience, including preparing dogs for their Canine Good Citizenship (CGC) test. Jacquelyn is committed to providing the most effective solutions for her clients needs.
Jacquelyn is certified as a Professional Dog Trainer through the Petsmart Training Academy.
Ashley started her animal education with horses. By age 19, she was managing her first riding facility and soon thereafter, built and owned 2 riding facilities where she trained horses to compete in hunter jumper all over the east coast. She started her own pet sitting company in 2002, where she became the go-to socializer for the most extreme fear cases found in a variety of local rescues. She helped establish Wag in San Diego as as the Regional Hiring Manager in 2015 and then was hired by Zoes Dog Training to be a lead trainer. She has quickly become one of the most sought after trainers in San Diego and continues to apply her equine expertise to every case.
Ashley has a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from The University of Connecticut, is CPDT- KA Certified and is accredited in Pet CPR and First Aid.
At 10 years old Katie started her own neighborhood dog walking business and has never stopped! She has become an expert in managing dogs with emotional or behavioral issues, making herself invaluable as support for her colleagues at Zoe’s Dog Training, where (in addition to maintaining her own successful company) she has worked since June 2017. Through her work at ZDT, Katie has been specially trained to maintain existing obedience programs set in place for each canine client, making her the perfect addition to the PMP pack.
Katie has a Bachelors in Psychology, and is working towards her Professional Canine Training Certification.
Donna is dedicated to improving the lives of animals. In addition to her work at PMP, Donna currently volunteers in the San Diego Humane Society’s Behavior and Training Extern program teaching obedience cues to help dogs become more adoptable. She is a Dog Companion (dog walker), and a Dog Buddy; reinforcing calm behavior, helping dogs overcome fear and build confidence. Donna aspires to help many pet parents enhance the special bond with their pets.
Donna is Pet First Aid Certified and Professionally Certified through Animal Behavior College (ABC) and has achieved two certificates from Karen Prior Academy.
Growing up as an only child, Sandra’s pets became her pseudo-siblings. As such, she developed an innate ability to communicate and understand animals at a very young age. She expanded on this knowledge as an adult, volunteering at a non-profit therapeutic horseback riding ranch for over 7 years and becoming a full time dog walker in 2017. After completing over 1500 walks she made the leap to dog trainer, wanting to hone her experience in obedience education and behavior modification. She has been an Assistant Trainer for PMP since 2018.
Sandra has an A.S. in Business from Mesa College, and is currently working towards a BS in Psychology from SDSU and her certification as a professional trainer.