About Us

We are a small group of trainers with the same create peaceful, connected relationships through education for both ends of the leash. There is much more involved with raising a dog than teaching him to "Sit" and "Stay". 

Meet The Trainers

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Sara Paulik

Owner - Affinity Canine Education

Lifelong dog lover and animal advocate, Sara has been working professionally with dogs since 2003. She specializes in puppy training, with an emphasis on early puppy socialization. Believing that you can never know everything, Sara is constantly increasing her knowledge through the latest books, seminars and online classes available. Other areas of interest include behavioral wellness, enrichment, reducing stress in dogs and building confidence. 


Sara is the creative mind behind all that we have to offer at ACE. She is constantly breaking the mold of what dog training "should" look like, to create classes that are fun and informative for both dogs and their humans. We hope you enjoy them!


Amanda Boyd CPDT-KA

Owner - Sidekick Dog Training

Amanda is equal parts dog person and people person; you and your dog are both important to her! She is committed to using progressive, force-free training methods to improve dog and human communication and relationships.


After graduating from Olympia High School in WA state, she earned a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Stanford University and has a strong background in the art and science of animal learning.


She has been working professionally with dogs since 2000 and has supplemented her hands-on experience with formal training in classes, seminars, and workshops given by leaders in the field of dog behavior and training. In 2006, she became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and founded her training business, Sidekick Dog Training. 


Amanda worked for nearly ten years as Senior Trainer with Seattle Humane Society in Bellevue, where she helped hundreds of families build relationships with their newly adopted dogs and puppies. In addition to puppy classes and basic manners, Amanda has developed and taught a wide range of innovative courses.


Amanda was a regular contributor to the Journal Newspapers' "Pampered Pets" column, and her training advice has been featured on The Animal Rescue Site, The Bark Blog, and in both City Dog and Dog Fancy magazines. Most recently, she has been featured on King 5 TV’s “Evening” in the role of dog behavior expert.  


Amanda lives in Port Orchard, WA with her dogs and an ever-growing mischief of pet rats. She regularly competes in agility and barn hunt and also enjoys parkour and disc dog  training. 


Sidekick. Train happy!


Jen Walker


Owner - First Friends

Jen Walker has spent over a dozen years working in animal shelters, with strong emphases on humane education, community outreach, and companion animal behavior. She has a Certificate in Training and Counseling from the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers and is a Certified Humane Education Specialist through the Humane Society for the United States.


Jen has been a Program Trainer with UnChained and apprenticed with Mardi Richmond of Good Dog Santa Cruz. She has attended (and sometimes presented at) numerous conferences, workshops and seminars, and is deeply committed to continuing education for herself and others, including unpaid roles on several nonprofit director and advisory boards.

Jen has written for magazines such as Growing Up in Santa Cruz, Coastal Canine Magazine, and Spot.


She is a licensed presenter of Family Paws (an international program assisting expectant parents and families with children with their pet-related challenges) and a longtime member of Delta Pet Partners (animal-assisted therapy).  She also has done extensive public speaking before large public groups and on radio and television.