Meet the Trainers

International Association of Canine Professionals
Certification Council For Professional Dog Trainers
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
Association of Professional Dog Trainers
Service Dog Coach
Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

Ally Bertrand

Owner

Ally is certified by the CCPDT and has spent thousands of hours training family dogs and shelter dogs. Her most important role is to provide you – the client – with professional, effective & humane training for your dog. Training that makes your life easier, by bringing harmony back into your life. After starting her dog training journey over 12 years ago, she has had the pleasure of working with countless families and has trained a staff that embodies the ZenDog mission of safe, quality training and care. She is grateful to be growing her team to continue to service all of the pups in Acadiana! Ally has four dogs at home – Gypsy, Louie, Gracie, & Moo, but her cat Apollo rules them all!

Professional Accomplishments

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)
  • American Kennel Club – Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
  • Cooperative Paws- Service Dog Coach (SDC)
  • Professional Member, International Association of Canine Professionals- IACP
  • Professional Member, Association of Professional Dog Trainers – APDT
  • Professional Member, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants – IAABC
  • Certified Trick Dog Instructor- DMWYD CTDI
  • Fear Free Certified Trainer
  • Mentor Trainer for Animal Behavior College & Catch Canine Academy

Sarah Verplank

Sarah brings years of experience to our team at ZenDog. After working under her mentor back home, she started her own training company in Tennessee. When she transferred here to Lafayette, we were lucky enough to scoop her up! Sarah has experience with basic to advanced obedience, dog sports, behavior issues, and so much more. Her patience with dogs and their owners is greatly appreciated and she will gladly go the extra mile to ensure you get the best. Check out her Toss & Fetch Disc League if you are interested in getting involved in frisbee sports with your dog! Sarah has received her CPDT-KA certification and is currently working on her certification through IACP in between dog events with her pups. You may even see her and one of her Border Collies at a dog event nearby!

Professional Accomplishments

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)
  • Certified Dog Trainer – E -Training for Dogs
  • American Kennel Club – Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
  • Professional Member, International Association of Canine Professionals- IACP
  • Professional Member, Association of Professional Dog Trainers
  • Supporting Member, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, IAABC
  • Toss & Fetch, League Captain

Whitney Crawford

Whitney helps with our structured play groups and day school training! She also teaches group classes and loves working with owners and their pups. She has years of experience in the veterinary field and customer service. Dog behavior is her passion and she enjoys the opportunity to help create harmonious relationships between dogs and their people. She has a yellow Lab (Duchess) and two cats (Nugget & Bruce). We are blessed to have her on the team!

Professional Accomplishments

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)
  • American Kennel Club – Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
  • Professional Member, Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Cassie Savoy

Cassie has been a natural fit here at ZenDog. The dogs all love her and so do we. She has been part of the rescue community since 2016, participating in volunteer work, fostering, assisting smaller scale rescues, and rehabilitation of a number of domestic species. She has also worked as an animal warden in her home parish. Cassie has three dogs, three cats, four horses, and lots of other animals on her family farm. Her background has been invaluable to us. She is always working to continue her education in multiple areas of animal care and is currently enjoying training with her new Border Collie pup, Ember!

Professional Accomplishments

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)
  • American Kennel Club – Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
  • Professional Member, Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Ryan Simon

With many years of experience training horses and as a veterinary technician, Ryan is a huge asset to our team. She has had horses, dogs, and other farm animals most of her life. Her down to earth personality is loved by all of the dogs and their owners. She is currently working on her CPDT-KA certification to add to her other achievements. She instructs group classes, assists in our day training program, trains pups in our Board & Train, and teaches private lessons.