Maike Singelmann, VSA-CDT Professional Dog Trainer


MaikeMaike’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 is also an Assistant Instructor in Pepper’s Paws group dog training classes, and leads weekly group walks for our clients.

What some of Maike’s clients had to say about working with her:

“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.

Maike’s Background

Maike Singelmann is a graduate of the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training and Behavior and a VSA-CDT Certified Dog Trainer. In this comprehensive program she had the opportunity to learn from industry experts. Her training included dog training, canine behavior, development and cognition, body language and communication, and learning theory.

Maike also holds a Master’s degree in Education. She has been a dog walker and pet sitter for over a decade. She has worked with problem dogs in the home and has trained both dogs and horses for years.

As secretary and active member of the North American Teckel Club (NATC) and shows DTK registered miniature longhair dachshunds.

Her own dogs have gone through training 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.

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 home. Maike’s training style focuses on positive reinforcement. She enjoys seeing dogs and their humans build a bond based on cooperation and trust.



Maike and her pup Maike and Victoria StilwellVSLogo