With incomparable experiences in the exotic, domestic, and marine mammal training industries, our team has gained a unique understanding of how behavior works and how to modify it effectively.
Owner & Founder
With a decade of experience training a variety of exotic animals, owner and head trainer Mary Tully brings a fresh take and effective technique to behavior modification.
Originally from Alabama, Mary Tully has had the unique privilege of training a plethora of animal species in her career in various facilities across the country. From chickens to dolphins, she has applied the same general behavioral principles to every animal she has worked with.
After training exotic animals professionally over the past decade in facilities including SeaWorld San Diego, Discovery Cove in Orlando, Sea Life Park Hawaii, Busch Gardens Tampa, and the Animal Actors Show at Universal Studios in Hollywood, Mary has settled in Southern California to work with the animal species that started her training obsession: dogs!
As a professional animal behaviorist and outspoken animal rights activist, Kyle Kittleson offers specific and effective training advice for Tully's Training clients. From volunteering at The Phoenix Zoo in college to working his way up through the field of animal care, rescue, and training in various facilities across the country, Kittleson has worked with dozens of species animals and still considers dogs to be the most unique.
Kittleson's training approach focuses on operant conditioning through positive reinforcement—both with dogs and their owners. Kittleson believes that a dog's potential is in direct proportion to quality training and owner involvement. The owners who spend the time to learn about positive training techniques and then consistently utilize those techniques with their dogs are the most successful.
Sara Du Bouchet, CPDT-KA
owner & Senior Manager
Sara's done it all: pet sitting, dog walking, dog training, you name it! She started her animal care and training career as a volunteer at The Glendale Humane Society where she was later hired as a full-time trainer. Sara not only provided in-home training to adopters but her experience and instincts proved an invaluable asset to the development of behavioral adjustment programs.
Los Angeles Senior dog Trainer
Meghan has worked with and mentored under some of the world’s most recognized and highly regarded behaviorists of our time, including Karen Pryer, Kim Rapport (assistant to the late great Dr. Sophia Yin), and Dr. Ian Dunbar. So it’s no surprise that Meghan herself has become one of the most respected and sought-after dog trainers in the Los Angeles area, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her as part of the Tully’s Training team.
For Meghan, it all started while growing up on a horse ranch where she was introduced to many different types of animal training at an early age. She went on to volunteer at the Humane Society, train and perform at the San Diego Zoo animal shows, teach literally hundreds of group dog training classes, become Head Trainer at Zoom Room for four years, and that’s not even half of it…
Meghan is also a certified CGC evaluator, has been featured in The New York Times for her amazing agility training classes, was selected three years in a row to teach at-risk kids how to be dog trainers, once played a dog trainer in a movie (oh, Los Angeles!), worked as an animal handler for the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, and is currently the Advisor on Dog Training for a new exhibit at the California Science Center called Dogs! A Science Tail coming in Spring 2019.
Meghan lives in West Los Angeles and provides training in the areas of Venice and Santa Monica.
SEATTLE SENIOR dog Trainer
If you want to see a real passion for dogs, just look at Claire's resume over the last decade: dog handler, dog walker, veterinary assistant, rescue dog foster parent, rescue dog adoption specialist at Underdog Rescue, and she's just getting started! Now as a seasoned dog trainer, Claire dedicates her skills, experience, and vigor to helping her clients work through their frustrations to ultimately form an even better relationship with their pets. When she is not training dogs, you can find Claire on her yoga mat or hiking with her dachshund, Miles Davis and her pit bull, Ziggy Starpup!
Samantha Merritt, CPDT-KA, ABCDT
West Los Angeles Dog TRAINER
Sam’s love for dogs fueled her passion to become a Certified Dog Trainer. She considers her dogs to be valuable family members and it is her heart to see dogs find their forever home. It was during her years volunteering at the Burbank Animal Shelter that she realized dog training was her calling. Sam was accepted into the Animal Behavior College where she learned proper training techniques and how to read behavior. Sam is a proud graduate of Animal Behavior College where she earned her Certification in Dog Training.
WOODLAND HILLS Dog TRAINER
Sam knew she wanted to work with animals from a young age. At California Polytechnic State University, Sam studied Field and Wildlife Biology and soon after, fulfilled her childhood dream of attending America's Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College.
After Sam graduating with honors, she continued on to work at Universal Studios Animal Actors Show, where her training experience with both domestic and exotic animals grew and she learned how to perform a show in front of thousands of people.
We are thrilled to have a superstar like Sam on our team of trainers!
Raise with Praise Certified Family Dog Trainer
Los Angeles Dog Trainer
Andrea is very passionate about animal welfare and believes in a holistic and positive approach to dog training. She considers dogs to be family members. She thinks that training means teaching our dogs to live successfully in the human world. Training to her is not a tedious chore but fun and an opportunity to strengthen the bond between you and your dog.
Andrea has volunteered for the Glendale Humane Society and the Pasadena Humane Society. She is a certified family dog trainer through Raise with Praise, a comprehensive dog training program taught by Paul Owens, one of the leading positive dog training experts.
East Los Angeles Dog Trainer
Iris began dog training by volunteering in European shelters, focusing on dogs that were finding it particularly difficult to be adopted out. The experiences with highly reactive, guarding and severely shy dogs formed the foundation of Iris’ mission to reduce the number of dogs returned to shelters one by one.
Over the years Iris has worked with a variety of breeds, utilizing different training styles. Her training includes studying under head trainers of the FHC Police Force, putting special focus on 'Faehrte', 'Unterordnung' and 'Schutzdienst'.
She is also heavily involved in Charity work, raising funds for European street dogs.
Los Angeles Dog Trainer
Growing up surrounded by entirely too many animals, pursuing a career working with them seemed the only logical choice for our sweet Harmony. She has had the pleasure of working in a variety of areas in the pet care field, from grooming to dog walking to becoming a Certified Small Animal Massage Therapist (true story!). Harmony knew eventually her path would lead her to dog training. She believes everyone can have an amazing relationship with their dog with enough love, compassion, and hard work.
She is thrilled to be a part of the Tully's team!
Susan Hartman, CPDT-KA, ABCDT
Long Beach & Culver City Dog Trainer
Susan is a certified dog trainer with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, an honors graduate of ABC Animal Behavior College, CPDT-Knowledge Assessed and CGC Evaluator. Presently, Susan is working as a private in home dog trainer and also maintains a leadership role as a senior volunteer for LAAS at the WLA Shelter where she concentrates primarily on low-stress behavior modification of resident pit bulls and other power breeds. In addition Susan assists with shelter volunteer training, dog handling and post-adoption support for the public. The scope of her work includes barrier aggression, leash work and reactivity, obedience, muzzle work, dog-to dog introductions, and playgroup management.
As a private trainer she has worked with puppies, adolescents, and senior dogs of all breeds and sizes, many of which were previously homed in shelters, fosters or rescues. Susan employs a positive-only philosophy and is inspired by the work of Patricia McConnell, Ian Dunbar, and Jean Donaldson because of their gentle and science based approach to training.
Andrew Lovelady, CPDT-KA
ORANGE COUNTY DOG TRAINER
Andrew has owned dogs his entire life and is extremely passionate about building the human/canine bond. From teaching group dog obedience classes to now creating customized training programs for pets and their families; Andrew has been down a lot of avenues in the dog training world. Although he has trained in many different environments, the constant has been positive reinforcement methods and ideologies. Andrew is a Certified AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator and has worked with many clients who have achieved this goal. When Andrew is not helping families and CGC clients, he is working with the SPCA to bring human/canine interactions to kids from middle to high school where they learn about positive reinforcement dog training with shelter dogs. He believes that his ability and the opportunity to help pets and their families better understand each other is the best gift of all.
Lisa Aijala, ABCDT
East Los Angeles Dog Trainer
Lisa knew she wanted to become a dog trainer 14 years ago when she adopted a poodle and enrolled into basic dog training class with Paul Owens. Lisa enrolled in the Animal Behavior College where she graduated and received her dog training certificate. Lisa also loves to help rescues place their dogs in loving homes and has volunteered at the Burbank Animal Shelter for almost a decade. She continues her education by attending conferences and seminars. Lisa would love to show people how much joy a dog brings to, not just the individual but the whole family.
Antonella Quirina, CPDT-KA
Los Angeles Dog Trainer
Antonella is a certified dog trainer with the CCPDT. She started her professional career with dogs, volunteering with the Westside German Shepherd rescue in Los Angeles. Soon after she began apprenticing with a local dog training company, learning as much as she could about behavior, how it works and what can change it- and the name of the game was positive reinforcement. She then found a job with Healthy Spot, working in their daycare department. She’s now part of the leadership and education team, training employees on dog behavior and handling. She’s particularly passionate about helping owners connect with their dog through empathy and respect. She’s thrilled to join the Tully’s team!