Meet our Trainers

Fill out a pre-training questionnaire  to save time and receive a call to set up a training session!

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Kelly Zavalney is The Dog Club’s lead trainer and has over 13 years of experience training dogs of all ages.  Kelly has rehabilitated over 20 “difficult” dogs that went on to be adopted by forever homes.  Kelly’s knowledge of training dogs enables him to help people get the results and relationship they desire with their dogs. Kelly also specializes in rehabilitating reactive, fearful, and aggressive dogs, and has trained four service dogs specifically to be paired with wheelchair-bound people.

As lead trainer, Kelly provides canine training to all staff as well as canine safety, overall canine well-being, and canine enrichment, aiming to maintain and improve The Club’s workspace and safety.  We are blessed to have Kelly as part of The Dog Club team!

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Samantha Solum joined The Dog Club in 2021 and is a busy mom of five children, two cats and four dogs!  Sam’s passion for dog training has given her a love of learning everything possible about training dogs and she is constantly furthering her training education.  Sam’s repertoire of education includes the following:

From Fetchfind Dog Training Company:

  • Dog Training for Pet Pros

  •  Canine Development

  • Canine Health and Wellness

  • Dog Breeds 101

  • Equipment 101

  • Daycare and Boarding Basics

  • Safe Handling

  • Hemp and CBD 101

  • Bite Prevention

  • Canine Behavior and Communication

From Instinct Dog Behavior and Training:

  • The Patient and Polite Dog Course

  • Dog Enrichment

  • The Leash Reactive Dog Course

From IBPSA (International Boarding and Pet Services Association):

  • Pet Care Provider

  • Pet Care Specialist

 

Sam is motivated to be one of the best trainers in the Flathead Valley!  Her passion is helping dogs and their humans have a healthy, happy life together!  We are so fortunate to have Sam as part of The Dog Club family!

Our goal as trainers is to work with owners and their dogs to build bonds of respect and trust, fostering a beautiful relationship. Teaching consistency by helping the owner understand what their dog is trying to say, and showing effective reactions and feedback tools for the parents.

We teach basic commands, learning new commands, and achieving goals. The end result to be off leash in a mindful, loving, fun relationship: dog and owner.

We have many training options available:  One-on-one, One with your family, and group classes.

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