Our Dog Trainer
Tyler Was born and raised in Western Massachusetts, where most of his family still resides. His love for dogs and really all animals’ stems back to his first memories. Over his life he has had a range of pets, dogs, cats, hamsters, snakes, guinea pigs, fish, and gerbils. His connection with dogs however, was always the strongest and outweighed any relationships he had with people. Although he is young, his inspiration to follow what he loves comes from a few very meaningful life experiences. Having a father diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis for the last 7 years, the loss of his last two dogs, and a quote from his father pushed him to quit his job and follow his passion. "Health is everything, money means nothing, and life is short" -Robert Pagnoni
Tyler’s history with dogs started on the first day he was brought home and placed in his crib, the family dog Pepper laid herself down under it and kept a watchful eye on him every single night. Tyler being the only child quickly bonded with Pepper and adopted her as his sister. They spent 13 amazing years together before Pepper moved on to a better place with Tyler holding her as she went.
Shortly after the loss of Pepper the family adopted a Beagle/Lab mix Coco. Tyler attended every puppy class with Coco and continued her training in the backyard after she graduated. He helped her bring out her beagle instincts and trained her to use her nose to find all sorts of hidden things. The two were inseparable!
Six years passed and the family realized they needed a second dog in their life. His aunt working at the local animal shelter as a Animal Control Officer brought a litter of four Doberman/Mastiff pups to the house for the family to foster. Two weeks later they adopted out the smallest of the litter to Patty Richardson and took the largest named Brutus for themselves. Brutus, Coco, and Tyler quickly became a tight knit pack.
Unfortunately in April of 2013 Brutus woke up extremely ill, while preparing to bring him to the vet, Brutus at the age of four gave his last breath while resting his head in Tyler’s arms. Brutus had a tumor that had gone un-noticed and ruptured. Heart broken, Tyler focused all of his attention to Coco and their bond grew even stronger. In December 2013 Tyler noticed Coco wasn't her normal self. She was brought in for blood work and diagnosed with bone marrow cancer, in January 2014 her blood count was at 8%, the vets called her the super dog. Tyler spent the last 12 hours of Coco's life laying by her side and not leaving her for anything. The family finally decided to bring her to the vet and let her return to her brother Brutus. She went peacefully while resting her head in Tyler's arms.
A very lonely and heart wrenching month had passed when the family decided they needed another dog to channel their love to. Gracie was adopted, a 3 year feral dog from Alabama who spent the first 3 months in a single room of the house. She now explores happily throughout the whole house although she still finds the backyard to be a challenge.
Unfortunately this wasn't enough for Tyler. He felt he needed to honor his lost pups and do something to change the life of any and all dogs in need. He remembered the bond, excitement, and love that training Coco and Brutus had brought him and wanted to make that his entire life. He knew that Corey Richardson had been following his passion for dogs for the last two years and decided to contact him.
Tyler contacted Corey Richardson a family friend and trainer at the Charlotte Dog Wizard and started asking questions. Two weeks later he was packing his bags and moving his entire life down to Charlotte, NC to start The Dog Wizard Academy, where he instantly felt a gratification in life that he had never experienced before.
"Being able to help dogs, and their families live a happy, free, and social lifestyle is the best and only way I can see myself making a difference in the world."
Lead Office Manager
Rachel happily joined The Dog Wizard team in March of 2017! She has grown up with a love of dogs her entire life, so becoming a part of this team was an absolute dream! She and her favorite girl, Lucy, her 11 yr old rescue, handle the day-to-day logistics of the office. Their daily routine includes talking with dogs and their people about their goals in training, scheduling appointments, and managing the office tasks. The best part of her job is being part of such a wonderful team, and helping build positive relationships between people and their pups. In her free time, Rachel loves to play roller derby and macrame. Rachel is a passionate outdoor enthusiast and enjoys spending time outside hiking with Lucy and her two active and energetic sons.
Amy has been with the Dog Wizard Office team since December 2016! Amy has a very important role with being the first point of contact for Dog Wizard clients. She helps manage the day-to-day needs, phone calls, and appointments which she does so well. Amy has a passion for helping customers at the highest level and ensuring they feel great and know that there is hope for their dog. The best part about her job is not only getting to talk with clients about their dogs but also having her rescue mutt, Winston, hang out with her all day! When she's not helping us in the office she can be found enjoying the outdoors with Winston. We are grateful to have her on our team!
Chloe is a New York native! She began working with people with disabilities while obtaining her bachelor's in Social Work. Throughout this journey, she noticed much of her free time was spent caring for animals, so she began a dog sitting business. She took it upon herself to volunteer and give back to the community at local animal shelters and sanctuaries in her free time. Chloe used to competitively ride horses but now just enjoys riding in her free time. Chloe discovered these experiences brought her immense happiness and consequently to shift her career toward one involving helping animals. Chloe is a proud and loyal member of our Dog Wizard family. When you talk to Chloe about your dog and the troubles you are having you will immediately feel at ease with her compassion for you and your dog! One of the best parts of her job, she gets to spend time at home with her two pups Bax and Benji.
Noelle has been a part of The Dog Wizard family when her path as a trainer started in 2011. She launched the Charleston Dog Wizard location in 2012 there she was able to help a lot of clients and their dogs have a better life and gain more freedom. In 2016 Noelle took over as the lead office manager where she was able to make an impact on the team to better serve the clients and trainers. With her first hand training knowledge of and knowing what it was like being on the other side as a trainer the office support was able to grow by leaps and bounds. She has helped build the office team with a family culture, compassion and passion that can be experienced with every client they talk to. Noelle continues to oversee the office but now spends her time continuing to develop and grow The Dog Wizard trainers and their businesses so that we can help even more people than we already do! She spends most days working remotely on her boat with her sidekick, Huckleberry.