Maike Singelmann is a CCDPT certified professional dog trainer. She is also an AKC Evaluator for Canine Good Citizen tests. She is also a graduate of the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training and Behavior and a VSA-CDT Certified Dog Trainer. She has studied under industry experts on dog training, canine behavior, development and cognition, body language and communication, and learning theory.
To continue her dog training education, Maike is an active member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, The International’s Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and attends several continuing education conferences every year.
She holds a Master’s degree in Education. Maike has been working with and training dogs and horses for over a decade.
As secretary and active member of the North American Teckel Club (NATC), Maike owns and has shown DTK registered miniature longhair dachshunds.
Maike has trained her dogs in a variety of disciplines. They have done K9 nose work, BHP, tracking, fly ball, obedience, barn hunt/Earth dog. They have also done therapeutic work in senior living facilities. These endeavors keep Maike continuously exploring and growing as a person and trainer.
Maike’s training philosophy
“The animal behavior aspect of dog training is most interesting to me. I believe that taking the time to read and understand the world from your dog’s point of view is the key to effective communication and training. This can ultimately bring people closer to living in true harmony with their canine companions.”
Maike does private 1:1 home home lessons for Pepper’s Paws, she instructs Pepper’s Paws group classes, and leads weekly group walks for our clients.
A few of Maike’s Success Stories
“Maike has been a great help to us! We recently added a puppy to our household (2 other, older dogs) and wanted the transition to go as smoothly as possible. Maike is great with not only the dogs, but getting our three kids involved in the puppy training, too. Thank you for your help! We look forward to working with you again in the near future!” Eric G. All 4 Paws Adopter
“We were new to owning a dog and working with Maike made it simple to confirm we were doing things the right way and were setting ourselves (and our dog) up for success. Maike was very easy to work with, never judgmental, very personable and took our unique family needs into account. I would, and have, recommend Pepper’s Paws to anyone looking for help with their furry family member. You won’t be disappointed!” Kathy R.
“Maike was a great trainer who gave us a lot of tips/tools to help our dog! She listened to what we wanted from our dog and worked with us to develop a plan.” Brigette C.
In her free time, Maike is an avid volunteer. She has volunteered at the University of Pennsylvania Working Dog Center, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Brandywine Valley SPCA, and several rescue organizations that transport dogs out of kill shelters into foster homes. Maike’s training style focuses on positive reinforcement. She enjoys seeing dogs and their humans build a bond based on cooperation and trust.