I was born in Philadelphia and moved to Orlando, Florida where I spent 43 years there before moving with my family and young son Isaac to the Boise area in 2015. I attended college at Troy University and graduated with a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling and Psychology. I provided years of clinical counseling within the criminogenic and addictive demographics and then spent many years in the financial services arena before finally settling on dog training as my chosen pursuit. I am currently writing a parenting book, entitled, There Is A Manual, Here It Is.
My passions include being a daddy, movies, dog training, playing drums, softball, travelling, writing, swimming and camping. I am also a huge Star Trek, horror and science fiction genre, and Godzilla fan. You catch me watching many sports as well including the Philadelphia Flyers hockey and Sixers Basketball schedules. Also A huge Dallas Cowboy fan!
My love of dogs began when I was 19 years old and had a dog trainer come to our home to train two chow shepherd mixes. I was enthralled by the process. I began reading and intensely working at training my own dogs Winnie and Biko who turned out to be the most amazing dogs. I continued practicing with neighbor dogs and began circulating flyers at the college and neighborhoods I was a part of and trained dogs as a side business for years. Upon moving to the Boise area, I formally opened Save The Mailmen In Home Dog Training And Pet Sitting as a niche business to families who understood the optimal impact of training in the context of their own homes. My mission is to help every dog owner in the world understand what dogs really are and need in an effort to create a meaningful and trusting bond between person and dog while commanding respect. I thoroughly enjoy teaching and leading and consider myself an innate teacher.In addition, I discovered how much I love to own and operate my own business. I merged all my skill sets, knowledge and passions together to create a meaningful career for me. Lastly, the people I meet who collaborate with me and my staff, while getting terrific results, helps me to feel like we make a difference in saving the lives of our furry friends.
My love of animals began as a child growing up in Texas and Idaho. Our family had two dogs, a very large black dog named Cobalt that my parents would send outside with us to play because he wouldn't let strangers come near us and a little Yorkshire Terrier named Emily. I would pretend I was I a circus trainer training all sorts of animals. I would use the dogs and our rabbits as whatever animal I was taming that particular day. I also participated in 4h riding and showing horses and showing rabbits. I enjoyed learning about how to care for my animals, form bonds with them, and how to train them.
From a young age animal behavior became a great passion. Because of all the great things I learned participating in 4h as a young girl, I enrolled my daughter with a puppy. It was such a special time we shared, going to the practice meets a couple times a week and coming home and practicing together with the puppy and our older dog. In the spring and summer we would drive all over the northwest participating in dog shows and local fairs. We even joined a 4H club involved in training service dogs. I learned so much during those years about dogs, dog shows, and training techniques. I moved to phoenix and worked at a ranch that rescued horses and dogs. I was involved in fund raising for the ranch as well as the rehabilitation and training of both equine and canine rescues. My time there working with animals on the ranch was very fulfilling.
After moving back to Idaho in 2017, I continued working with dogs. I worked in a doggie day care/boarding facility and had the opportunity to work with some local animal rescues. Looking back on my life it only seems fitting I chose dog training as my career path. My ultimate goal is help nurture the bond of human and canine relationships so that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy their canine companions
Idaho native. At a young age I found a passion for dogs. In my early childhood years, I loved bird hunting with the family and our two Brittney Spaniels. Now, I have a yellow lab named Ember who loves to go Shed Hunting with me. Before I knew much about dog training, I was always told about how much work training a dog would be. That did not stop me from my desire to train a good hunting dog. I would put in hours of training to work on the skills needed to get ready for the field. The work proved effective, now my mission is to help dog owners to have a fun and loving relationship with their dogs. I believe that with lots of work and the right tools any dog owner will become a great leader for their dog, and will enjoy having a dog as much as I do.
Born & raised in Idaho, I've been around dogs since I was a young child. All of that exposure exemplified my passion to study them once out of high school. Growing up, I loved watching Cesar Millan work with many different, difficult, unbalanced dogs and my passion for helping animals grew even more. I wanted to be able to do the same for people in my family and community at large. I loved practicing on family members dogs and loved when the results spoke for themselves. With a fire lit within me, I decided to go to college to continue my journey into this behavior field. I attended Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon where I completed a Bachelor's degree with an emphasis in Animal Behavior. There I was able to study communication and behavior between many different animal species but I always had my love for wolves and dogs in the back of my mind. After I graduated, I came back home with the intention of stepping into the dog training world. I am still very passionate about studying and reading about canine behavior and always strive to be up to date on the best training options available. My goal for training is to provide you with the tools needed to not only train your dog to be obedient but also show you how to tap into your pet's instinctual side to shape them into well behaved individuals.
Hello, I am Angela Shelly. I have volunteered for Guide dogs for the blind as a puppy raiser for 9 years. I served part of that time as treasurer, and later as head trainer over the course of raising 5 labs. My 4 children all took active roles in raising and training as well. We still keep in contact with the handlers that have/had one of the dogs we raised. It was an incredible experience to help people be able connect with these dogs that enhance their lives not just in mobility, but a part of their family. I am now excited to be a lead trainer with Save the Mailmen, that help families train their dogs to become well behaved pets they enjoy living their lives with, at home and out in the community.
I connected with dogs and other animals from an early age. We lived in the middle of no where, without power or electricity, which increased my focus on animals being part of the family. When I had children it was important to me to allow them to have a pet, for that special connection, as well as the responsibility. They learned how animals process the world different than humans, and have different needs. These animals needed to be domesticated with daily consistency, that is rewarded for good behavior in positive way that is enjoyable for the whole family.
I am fascinated with how different every dog is, and helping them become the best version of themselves that creates a life long bond with their family.