Meet Our Trainers


Carol ahearn:

Carol is an APDT certified dog trainer and an ITC graduate with experience in a variety of environments from private lessons to large classroom settings and workshops. She is an AKC CGC Evaluator and is a member of the behavior department at the Center for Shelter Dogs in Boston where she is involved in dog evaluations, behavior modification programs, and special adoptions. To stay current with the latest methods and findings in dog training, Carol participates in many dog behavior related seminars and courses.

laurie costa:

At the heart of this beginner class is the relationship between you and your dog! Although your dog already knows and does much of what you want them to, they have to do them reliably on cue. You will learn how to cue your dog to pay attention to you and also offer unprompted attention, to briskly respond to your request (sit, down, stay and come when called etc.). We will also work on "layering" commands (sit and stay, come and sit etc.). Owners will learn how to communicate effectively with their dogs and how to handle them.

Tracy parrin

While pursuing a degree in business, Tracy changed course to follow her passion of working with animals. She received her ABCDT certification from Animal Behavior College and actively pursues strengthening her knowledge in areas of dog training and behaviors. Attending classes at the Animal Rescue League Boston, she assists in both group and private training with a variety of training options and ideas. Tracy asserts professionalism with a personal touch providing you with the tools and knowledge to help train and strengthen your relationship with your dog.


Dogs have an amazing sense of smell and a natural desire to hunt. This sport is designed to develop your dog’s natural scenting abilities by using their desire to hunt and their love of toys, food and exercise. It’s a great way for your dog to have fun, build confidence and burn lots of physical and mental energy.


We’ll tackle more difficult searches while your dog works and you build your handling skills to assist his success. We’ll also introduce the skills needed to compete in this sport.


Intro to Agility is a wonderful activity for the high energy dog. It gives the dog a "job" and many times reduces distractive behavior in the home. It has also been proven to help build confidence in a shy dog. Positive reinforcement using food or toys is used in training. Great activity for both dog and handler.


This class picks up where the intro class leaves off. Dog and handler teams are now performing short sequences of obstacles, off leash, with the handler using verbal and body cues to direct the dog. The focus is on building consistent body cues and to prevent bad habits from forming on the part of the dog and/or handler.


Acting Like Animals is a basic “animal-acting” class for those pets and owners who wish to be considered for the entertainment industry. Upon successful completion of the class, and for those that meet all the requirements, animals can be added to the database of AMB Training LLC for possible production work. Recent projects include “Little Women”, “Wonderland”, “Castle Rock” and many more.