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.


Mary Tully
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!

Kyle Kittleson 
Behavioral Consultant

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
owner & 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. 

Tully's Training was great! I loved that they used positive reinforcement and Sara was great to work with. My big puppy can be quite a handful but she was also prompt, knowledgeable and patient with us! As a first-time puppy raiser, this was the excellent training that I was looking for.
— Alyx P.


Brianna Alvarez
San Diego Senior dog Trainer

Brianna has been professionally training dogs since 2009.  Her passion for animals has taken her all over San Diego County working with a variety of animals from pigeons to porcupines.  She has worked with private facilities, San Diego Zoo's Safari Park, Helen Woodward Humane Society, and the Pet's Rule show at Sea World San Diego!

Brianna's favorite part about training animals is the "a-ha" moment when it finally clicks to the animal what is being asked of them.  Her favorite thing about working with dog owners is sharing the "a-ha" moment experience with them! 

Brianna was truly amazing! When we first met her, our pup Watson was literally chewing up everything! She taught us the importance of consistency, routine, and positive reinforcement and now Watson is so well-mannered and we have the best relationship with him. Bri doesn't just teach dogs how to be good pets, she teaches people how to be good pet owners and that is so important and priceless.
— Samantha R.


Meghan McLeod
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.

Our experience with Tully's Training was amazing! They helped us develop key habits and positive reinforcement techniques for training our new puppy. Meghan was professional and encouraging throughout all of our sessions. We learned about how to educate others to interact with our dog and how leverage our training techniques in all kinds of scenarios. We're on our way to being prepared for the CGC test and hopefully the Therapy Dog test after that! We highly recommend Tully's Training!
— Monica C.


Claire Anderson

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!

We worked with Claire and she is amazing! Super knowledgeable and makes training interesting, engaging and fun. Frankie (our dog) has learned a lot and so have we! Cannot recommend enough, a wonderful experience.
— Leah H..


Samantha Merritt
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.

Sam is a fantastic trainer and human. We were grateful to hire such a great company. We were basically being trained by Sam to learn the tools needed to train our pups in a positive way and to use the same basic skills on tiered exercises to teach them new tricks down the road. Thank you all. We will be continuing with ongoing classes with our pups because it's just darn fun.
— Jonathan C.


Samantha Hofman

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!

Sam was fabulous! As a first-time puppy owner, I learned an immense amount of information from her - and really appreciated that she was always available for me to ask questions to. My puppy learned so much, but I honestly learned more! I would highly recommend Tully's Training to anyone!
— Mara B.

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Andrea Gronwald
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.

We are incredibly happy with our experience with Tully's training and our trainer Andrea. She is truly a great teacher and made it easy for my husband and I who are first time dog owners. It was clear she loved our puppy Millie and wanted her to become a healthy, happy dog. She really took the time to work with us and was always available if we had any questions. I would and have recommended Tully's to my friends and anyone who needs dog training.
— Elissa M.

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Iris Ulbrich
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.

As a first time dog owner, it’s a no brainer decision to have Tully’s work with you and your new pet. My trainer Iris is a beast! Best damn dog trainer on the planet. She trained me and Seven, my puppy pitty. Her availability, knowledge, attention, thoroughness and care made for a truly great experience. Thank you Tully's team.
— Jeremiah C.

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Harmony Leiker
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!

Caitlin Brush Dog Trainer San Diego

Caitlin Brush
San Diego Dog Trainer

After graduating with a degree in Psychology, Caitlin decided straight away to pursue a career in animal training. This has led her to work with many different kinds of animals, in many different settings, from monkeys and elephants in rescue programs to dolphins, pigs, cats and dogs in various parks across the U.S. 

Caitlin discovered her passion for training dogs during her time with Pets Rule at Sea World San Diego. She is always excited to help families understand how to live, work, and grow with their dogs through training.

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Lisa deLarios
Los Angeles Dog Trainer

Since childhood, Lisa has had a strong connection with animals. Much to her parents' dismay, she was bringing home stray dogs, cats, and even goats from an early age. Lisa has volunteered for Farm Sanctuary as a humane Educator, and for the Humane Society of the United States as a surrender prevention counselor. She spent three years working for the ASPCA as a Community Advocate, where she provided free resources and behavioral counseling to people and their pets in high poverty areas of New York. When she's not training dogs, you can find Lisa telling jokes on stage or perusing local flea markets. Her biggest loves are her dog, Cash and her cat, Wilson

Patrick Stayer Los Angeles Dog Trainer

Patrick Stayer
West Side Los Angeles dog trainer

Passionate about dogs since childhood, Patrick has guided hundreds through the trials of pet parenthood as a dog trainer, walker, and sitter in Los Angeles, after moving in 2015 from Nebraska. Promoting positive dog training, Patrick has worked with families as early as from their first day home with a new puppy all the way into passing their Canine Good Citizen Certificate, for which he is also an AKC Evaluator - in addition to the Trick Dog, CGC Urban and Community titles. Patrick's favorite part of being a dog trainer is witnessing the bond between person and dog strengthen through training, and to see former "pupils" weeks or even months after training, who come back jubilant that they can take their dogs anywhere and can conduct their training with ease they never thought possible.