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JEFF GELLMAN / Owner and Training Coordinator
I’m Jeff Gellman, the dog trainer other trainers recommend for dogs that have INTENSE behavioral problems that have not been fixed elsewhere. But I do not just work to correct behavioral problems with dogs – I can prevent such problems from happening in the first place.
The greatest thing I have found with rehabilitating dogs is that no matter what the issues are, if we focus on the small things on a daily basis, then most of the big things do not manifest. Bad behavior is just the manifestation of losing focus on the basics. In all of my experience, I have seen time and time again that if we focus on the daily rituals, structure, balance, accountability along with corrections for behaviors we don’t like and rewards for things we do, most bad behaviors become a thing of the past.
I will work with all dogs – it doesn’t matter how severe the aggression, how bad the bites, how nervous or anxious, their history, breed, age, or past experiences. I have seen it all, and I’m excited to get you on the path of living with your dog in the best way possible.
When I am not training dogs, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a beautiful wife, Linda, and am the father of six wonderful daughters and one son.
As for my hobbies, I actually consider helping people one of my most enjoyable hobbies. I’m always striving to put out more and more free content to help as many people with their dogs, their businesses and themselves. There are so many folks struggling and in pain due to their poorly behaved dogs. The best way for me to help as many people as possible is to put out so much free content so that owners can train and rehab their own dogs. In this way, we can help reduce and hopefully eliminate the euthanasia of five million dogs a year in the United States. Most dogs that are at shelters and are turned into shelters can be easily trained and rehabbed with the information in my training videos available on many different platforms.
Traveling the world doing dog training and business building seminars also brings me great satisfaction. The RV Dog Trainer seminar series has allowed me to help even more dogs, dog owners as well as rescue and shelter volunteers and staff. And as a part of the incredible business building seminar series, Train the Trainers with Sean and Jeff, I have the privilege of helping train, support and guide new dog trainers in how to excel in the dog training industry.
Lastly, my non-profit Jeff’s Pack raises funds to offset the cost of RV Seminar-style training workshops for rescues, shelters and non-profit organizations. In this way, I’m able to help those who would not otherwise be able to afford training but are dedicated to improving the lives of dogs through a balanced training approach. We have also created a wonderful partnership with a colleague in Hawaii, who selects dogs struggling in the shelter environment, fosters, vets and then sends them to our center for basic obedience and off-leash training. These special dogs, who were once on the path to euthanasia and are now thriving, become our Ambassador Dogs. Each Ambassador Dog represents what balanced training and dedication can do for all dogs and what we hope Jeff’s Pack seminars can do for many more dogs around the world.
Jeff has an incredible staff of trainers, kennel staff and office staff that keep the facility running 24/7/365. He could not do any of this by himself. When Jeff travels, he even leaves his personal dogs at the Solid K9 Training center to get the best care and exercise they can get.
Jon – Head Trainer
Jon works with all of the board and train dogs on the property and many of the 1/1 clients. He is in charge of all of the training and rehab of all of the dogs on the property. He sets up all of the training programs for each dog once they are assessed to make sure the the clients level of expectations are met.
Jon has been part of the Solid K9 Training team for the last five years and serves as Head Trainer. From a young age, Jon has had a strong connection and sense of compassion for all animals. Growing up, Jon would spend hours at a time with family members’ and neighborhood dogs. Jon’s bond and ability to non-verbally communicate with dogs continues to be overwhelmingly evident when working with clients’ dogs at the training center.
Shayla – Kennel Manager
Shayla is in charge of the kennel and the day care area and is responsible for the care and safety off all of the dogs on the property. She is in charge of the kennel staff and that all safety and care protocols are followed each day.
Shayla has been with Solid K9 Training team for just over a year now and loves her job. Shayla enjoys seeing the day by day progress of so many different dogs with a range of issues, finding the end results especially rewarding. Always an animal lover and feeling connected to dogs, Shayla was even called Dr. Doolittle as a child! When 15 years old, Shayla’s 130-pound German Shepherd/Rottweiler mix was put down due to his aggression toward people. This dog was everything to Shayla and the experience was one of the most difficult. Personally, Shayla does not believe in euthanasia (unless medically necessary) and believes every dog deserves a chance. Shayla hopes to one day start a rescue organization for unwanted, abused and neglected pitbulls. Shayla looks forward to educating people on the breed so they can understand the breed is not to be feared and that instead, the owners ultimately shape the disposition of the dog by how they treat it.
Brittney – Trainer
Brittney, a Starmark graduate, is one of our board and train trainers and runs our trick training and agility programs. Growing up she always had a passion for animals, especially dogs. She works with all the board and train dogs, helping them in their rehabilitation process, and takes great pride in helping improve the relationship between people and their dogs. Brittney loves teaching her dogs, Spot and Angus, new tricks! She teaches our trick training class, where you and your dog will learn tons of cool tricks to enhance your relationship and have fun. Building confidence in the dogs she works with is the highlight of her day, as she enjoys watching dogs become the best versions of themselves.
Jessica – Office Manager/Kennel Staff
Jess runs the front desk and is the first person you will talk to when you call Solid K9 Training. She is in charge of keeping the training center running smoothly, from booking board and trains to swimming dogs, Jess does it all. She came to Solid K9 Training when her own dog, Chewy, needed training. She has always had an interest in dog training and started working here immediately. Jess started working in the kennel and eventually transferred to the office. Jess’s other passion is riding horses, which began at the age of four. Since there are many similarities between horses and dogs, Jess is able to apply her degrees in Equine Business Management and Marketing Management to her position at Solid K9 Training.
Daniel – Kennel Staff
Dan is part of our kennel staff and is in charge of all structured walks, socialization, and overall well being of all dogs on property. Dan has had an interest in dogs from a young age and trained his own dog, Papa. He came here with a great amount of dog handling skills and has become an extremely important part of of kennel staff. When Dan is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family.
Lilly – Kennel Staff
Lilly has been here at Solid K9 for a year and a half and is an important part of our kennel and daycare staff. Her love for working dogs started 14 years ago with her Sheltie/Border Collie, Dillon. Her other passion is horseback riding, which she’s been doing since she was four years old. Lilly’s degree in Equine Business Management/Riding has allowed her to easily carry over her experience in the horse industry and apply it to the dog industry. She has a small farm in rural Rhode Island, which is home to 2 horses, a donkey, a cat, chickens and two dogs.
Peter – Kennel Staff/Overnight Supervisor
Romy, Clover, and Angelo
Jeff’s children have grown up training dogs. They work at the center helping with distraction work and proofing the dogs with their commands. They work with highly excited dogs, nervous and shy dogs as well as aggressive dogs. They do lots of work with Counter Conditioning dogs that do not like or have aggressed towards kids. We are a home school family and the work they do with dogs teaches them many life skills as well as helps out hundreds of dogs a year with their training.