Meet 

Our Team

Lydia Yancey

CPDT-KA

Lydia has been working in the animal field for over 10 years and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed. She is a professional member of the Pet Professionals Guild as well as the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. She is influenced by many well known trainers, such as Karen Pryor, Pat Miller, Ken Ramirez, Kathy Sdao, Patricia McConnell, Rise Van Fleet, Sue Sternberg, and Robin Bennett. She found her love for the animal industry when working as a vet tech at Manchaca Road Animal Hospital in South Austin. There she picked up  basic husbandry skills, as well as basic dog and cat behavior. She then worked as a kennel technician at DogBoy’s in Pflugerville before becoming Kennel Manager and then a professional trainer.

 

Lydia has gained extensive knowledge regarding dog body language, behavior, and learning theory. Her experience over the last 10 years has helped her better address the needs of each individual dog and client. She attends multiple seminars throughout the year as well as annual conferences, to ensure she is always growing and learning with the industry. She believes in teaching our dogs to make choices for themselves by using methods that are fun and engaging for both dog and their person. Having a highly reactive dog herself, she really enjoys helping those struggling with a fearful/anxious dogs as well as the hyperactive dog. She does not believe one technique will work on all dogs but believes we need to understand where the behavior is stemming from to address each individual case.

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Meggan Porter

KPA-CTP CPDT-KA

My love of dogs started at an early age. I did everything I could to be around dogs in my neighborhood, as my mom was heavily allergic to dogs and they were not allowed in our house. That passion has carried through all the way into adult life. I am a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy, and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed. I am dedicated to making dog training easy and accessible to clients by pursuing continuing education through webinars, seminars, and conferences, as well as reading everything I can get my hands on.

I have been working with dogs since 2008 in a variety of different settings. I have been a receptionist at a vet clinic, a kennel technician at a boarding facility, as well as a shelter, and as a head trainer. I currently share my home with a pointer/whippet mix, a border collie, and a chihuahua. I very much enjoy working with energetic working breed dogs.

 

I like to put a focus on teaching dogs to make the right choices without being told what to do, and on mentally stimulating dogs. I really enjoy taking dogs out and about. Hiking and camping with my dogs is one of my true joys in life, and I really enjoy helping people enjoy off leash lives with their dogs. I also love to take dogs out on the town and enjoy working on general store skills so that we can enjoy shopping trips with our pups!

Amanda Slininger

 Hi my name is Amanda and while my love for dogs goes back as far as I can remember, I have been working with dogs on and off for 5 years. My first job working with dogs was as a kennel tech at DogBoy's Dog Ranch where I first met Lydia and Meggan. Ever since then they've been teaching me all there is to know about dog behavior and training!

 I currently live in Pflugerville Texas with my husband Tim and 3 kids ages 5, 3 and 2 and 4 dogs ages 10, 10, 4 and 1 (and the occasional Foster pup). Our house is a very busy place and since I grew up with in very large loud Cajun family I would not have it any other way. Now that my kids are getting older I am so excited to start working again with Enlightened Hounds and learn and grow as a future dog trainer.

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Giulia Giuffre

CPDT-KA SBA

My name is Giulia and I've been working with dogs, cats, and pocket pets in some capacity for over 10 years. My professional experience started in a vet clinic and boarding facility and continued to grow in an animal shelter. My passion for animals started long before this work. As a child, I wanted to learn everything I could about wild and domestic animals. Determined to turn this passion into a career, I studied Animal Behavior at Southwestern University. Then, like many dog trainers, I had a troubled pup that needed some extra attention. I wanted to spend some time helping him to build confidence and teaching him to make better choices. I was so happy when the training really clicked for my dog, our communication and relationship grew and his stress decreased. The more I learned, the more I noticed other dogs' struggles and I wanted to help them as well. I took every opportunity to learn and practice dog training and behavior modification. From this, I earned my Shelter Behavior Affiliate with the IAABC, CPDT-KA and Certified CGC Evaluator.

 

I'm always learning and striving to improve my training skills. I love attending seminars and conferences featuring top behavior experts. Learning about learning and training takes up much of my free time. When not working on continuing education, I spend time with my own dogs; Dristi and Pilot. They get to be guinea pigs for practicing new training and enrichment games. We also enjoy going on hikes and watching TV.    

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Hayden Pembridge

CPDT-KA

Hayden has been working in the animal field for 8 years now. He began working in the industry at a dog boarding and daycare facility and then began volunteering at animal shelters. He went on to work at several more boarding facilities. While attending university, Hayden worked at two vet clinics to explore different areas of the industry. There, he picked up some basic animal husbandry skills and a hatred for a talking bird that called him fat every day. Fascinated by psychology and animal behavior, he went on to study Behavioral Sciences. Still unsure about where he wanted to end up in the industry, Hayden went back to work at a boarding and daycare facility to explore training and behavior modification. There, he worked for three years and was eventually managing the training department as the Lead Training Director. After the first lockdown, Hayden explored other avenues of life and enrolled in Real Estate School. Though he is still enrolled, he couldn’t stay away from the industry for long and is now very excited to have joined our team. 

 

Hayden’s training expertise was and is continually being crafted through countless courses, seminars, webinars, books, podcasts, and more. Hayden believes that in order to train our dogs, we must create fun and engaging methods to effectively communicate with each other. Without effective communication, he doesn’t understand how we could ever expect dogs to understand our strange human boundaries like walking on the sidewalk in a straight line! With effective communication, Hayden feels better equipped to determine why a behavior is occurring and which method would be most appropriate to address it. In the end, he strives for dogs and their people to feel respected, respectful, and happy!

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