Robert has lived with dogs throughout his life…from Hounds to Labradors to Tanzanian Terriers, and several rescued mixed-breeds in between. He grew up training his own dogs and developed a genuine love and respect for the species, so when he returned here after ten years in East Africa, Robert decided to pursue his passion for dogs in a formal career as a trainer. He contacted The Dog Wizard and shortly thereafter began an intensive six-month internship at The Academy, where his training and rehabilitation skills were honed and his love of dogs grew even more. Robert has a natural way with the animals and a desire to bring out the best in them. His programs are designed to be engaging and fun, which he sees as necessary components in producing the desired result – a confident, happy and obedient dog. He particularly likes to work with nervous and “aggressive” dogs, and generally those dogs that people have either given up on or are on their way to doing so. In this respect, Robert is more than just a dog trainer. He is a canine caseworker. And as he sees it, the tougher the case…the greater the rewards! Hank (pictured left) is a Bushy-tailed German Squirrel Hound adopted from the shelter in Charlotte when he was ten months old. Since then, Hank has proved invaluable as a faithful companion and as a business partner. He enjoys running through the woods, barking at statues, sitting on rocks, and chasing down anything that moves. He’s also pretty good with Quickbooks, and makes a decent chicken and cheese quesadilla.
Amy is a recent transplant to Charlotte, and The Dog Wizard is very lucky to have her on the team! 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 flawlessly. 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! We would be lost without her.
Noelle has been part of The Dog Wizard family since she started her path as a trainer in Charleston SC in 2012. After 5 years in the Lowcountry and 4 years of helping dogs and their owners to have a better life, it was time to get back to her roots in New Jersey. It was a tough decision not to be hands on with owners and their dogs but now as the office manager she gets to continue to be part of the wizard family and clients lives! Her first hand knowledge of the training side adds a huge benefit to the day to day operations in the office. It helps us be more efficient, creating processes to help better our clients experience as she understands our clients needs that much more! Whether you are a first time caller or a current client, Noelle’s passion for canine’s and their people exudes from the moment you start talking to her. She has an unending love for her three dogs Lexi, Trinity and her newest addition Huckleberry as well as the man that stands by her side, Evan. Noelle is focusing on field trial obedience with Huckleberry and has the pleasure of frequenting the river with the dogs and exploring the beautiful trails and landscape of The Garden State.