About Our Team

Behavioral experts on your side. 

 

Our History

The Zen Dog Den started with one woman’s love for animals. Our founder, Cherisse Feddock spent years volunteering for the Humane League of Lancaster County, fostering countless dogs. It was through her work in rescue that she uncovered a fascination with the complexities of dog behavior and a passion for training. 

With a desire to help more dog owners achieve a calmer, more balanced life with their companions, she founded The Zen Dog Den in 2015. Through the years, The Zen Dog Den has helped thousands of clients get to a better place with training. 

Why The Zen Dog Den

Is your dog: 

  • pulling on the leash
  • jumping up on people
  • barking excessively 
  • counter-surfing
  • mouthing
  • exhibiting separation anxiety
  • attacking the vacuum cleaner
  • chewing up things in your house
  • reacting on the walk

All of these behaviors make it hard for us to live peacefully with our dogs. The Zen Dog Den offers you a unique behavioral and relationship based approach to help your dogs get to a place of calm.

The team of trainers at The Zen Dog Den are experts in dog behavior. Our trainers not only have the experience of years of working hands-on with dogs, but they regularly attend workshops and seminars to learn directly from the best behavioral dog trainers in the industry. We are continually learning to bring the best to you and your dog.

We work one-on-one
with you and your dog

We work one-on-one with you and your dog. Whether you choose an In-Home Training program or a Stay & Train program, our focus is you

We want to make sure your dog gets the individualized attention they deserve and meet them where those problem behaviors happen: in the home. 

When you choose to do one of our programs, your dog becomes a part of our pack. We offer the following customer promises:

  • Free support via talk, text, and email for as long as you choose. We want to be here to answer your questions along the way.
  • Invitation to our Pack Walks, free group classes taking place several times a month. Pack Walks are a great opportunity to teach your dog how to be calm on a leash around distractions, and keep your skills fresh.

When you work with The Zen Dog Den, we are your teammates in the journey.

Meet The Team

Cherisse Feddock

Cherisse Feddock

Founder

Cherisse Feddock founded The Zen Dog Den, LLC, and she is a Certified Dog Trainer with the International Association of Canine Professionals and an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.

Cherisse has trained under the best dog trainers in the world including Cesar Millan, Heather Beck, The Monks of New Skete, Martin Deeley, Jason Vasconi, Marc Goldberg, Cheri Lucas, and Nelson Hodges.

Cherisse began her career with dogs while volunteering for the Humane League of Lancaster from 2009 – 2015 where she fostered 40+ dogs over 6 years, walked the dogs at the shelter weekly, campaigned for dogs to be adopted via social media, spoke to local schools, and organizations about what shelters do for a community, and served on the Board of Directors.

It was during her time as a foster mom for the Humane League of Lancaster (HLLC) that she became interested in pursuing a career in behavioral dog training, as opposed to obedience training. Many of the dogs that Cherisse was given to foster had various behavioral challenges including food aggression, alarm barking, and coprophagia, plus many of the dogs were puppy mill survivors and hoarding survivors which caused the dogs to be very fearful of humans, filled with anxiety, and somewhat feral. Cherisse worked with all of these dogs to help them to overcome their behavioral challenges and to become more adoptable.

In addition to the HLLC, Cherisse also volunteered at the Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania to learn more about dogs from a primal point of view from 2015 to 2020. Studying canines at the Wolf Sanctuary – wolves and wolf/dog hybrids – has given Cherisse further insight into dog psychology, helping her understand the instinctual nature of dog behavior. On a number of occasions, Cherisse has also been asked to serve as a canine behavior expert and consult with legal teams in dog bite cases. 

In her free time, Cherisse enjoys spending time with her family and traveling with her 3 dogs: Henry, Raleigh, and Ellie.

Kelcy Waller

Kelcy Waller

Head Trainer

Kelcy Waller is a Certified Dog Trainer with The Zen Dog Den and an active member of the International Association of Canine Professionals. Kelcy has trained under The Zen Dog Den as well as Master Trainers Heather Beck, Jason Vasconi, and Marc Goldberg. 

It was through frustrating experiences and ineffective approaches to helping her first dog, a reactive rescue pup named Winnie, that she came to understand the value and importance of a behavioral approach to dog training. 

Kelcy is always excited to help clients achieve calm and respectful relationships with their dogs, so they can live their best lives – both canines and humans. She understands first-hand how a primal approach to dog training can improve a relationship with a dog, and helps overcome challenges like reactivity, excitability, and anxiety. 

She also has a passion for understanding canine nutrition and has completed her education to become a Certified Professional Canine Nutritionist through the Feed Real Institute. She is a great resource for helping to understand how your dog’s diet influence their behavior!

In her free time, she enjoys teaching her personal dog, a boxer named Rosie, how to be a “Zen Dog” and wrangling her human pack of three boys.

Sarah Poliski

Sarah Poliski

Certified Dog Trainer

Sarah Poliski is a Certified Dog Trainer with The Zen Dog Den and a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals. She has trained under The Zen Dog Den and Master Trainer Heather Beck.

Sarah is a long-time resident of Lititz, PA, and attended Pitt, where she earned her bachelor of science degree in marketing. During the day, Sarah works as a senior public relations manager. Her evenings are spent helping clients of The Zen Dog Den.

Sarah found The Zen Dog Den when she realized that traditional training methods were no match for her strong willed Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Doug. Through hard work and a lot of “zen,” Sarah and Doug have forged a bond that will last a lifetime! Sarah’s experience working with Doug, coupled with her love of animals inspired her to pursue training to help other dog lovers overcome challenges in their own packs.

One of her dog training passions is understanding “drive” and a dog’s breed instincts, especially herding breeds like her corgi. 

In her free time, Sarah enjoys long (structured) walks and hikes with Doug, spending time with her family, and relaxing with a good book.

Amy Hummer

Amy Hummer

Certified Dog Trainer

Amy Hummer is a Certified Dog Trainer with The Zen Dog Den and an active member of the International Association of Canine Professionals. Amy has formally trained under The Zen Dog Den and has been an avid follower of Cesar Milan since she first started her “pack” about 20 years ago. 

She graduated from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) and became a teacher. During her 16 years in education, she went on to earn her Master’s in Counseling and becoming a Middle School Counselor. She “retired” about a year ago to stay home with her 3 girls: Delaney, Marley, and Fiona. 
 
Amy and her husband Anton knew that they needed to get a jumpstart on achieving calm when they were welcoming their new puppy, Teddy, into their pack. They were drawn to The Zen Dog Den because of the parallels to Cesar’s philosophy and the real life testimony they received from friends who had been through the program and were living harmoniously with their dogs. And the rest is history!
 
Amy loves how she is able to utilize her skills to help coach clients to create an environment for their “pack” to thrive in. 
 
In her free time she likes to cheer on the Hokies, go camping, take long “structured” walks with Teddy, and just started to play pickleball.
Karly Shaubach

Karly Shaubach

Manager of Operations

Karly Shaubach is the Manager of Operations for The Zen Dog Den and an active member of the International Association of Canine Professionals. Karly has trained under The Zen Dog Den as well as Master Trainers Heather Beck and Jason Vasconi.

Karly’s path crossed with The Zen Dog Den while looking for training solutions for her Great Dane, Brooks. When other training styles failed to meet Brooks’ needs, she found answers in our program that revolutionized her and Brooks’ life together.

Helping her dog build confidence and work through anxiety ignited Karly’s passion for training. She left her career in the non-profit sector to join The Zen Dog Den full-time. She loves that The Zen Dog Den meets dogs and owners where they are and gives them the tools and resources to overcome their challenges. 

In her free time, she loves to adventure and train with her pack of Great Danes, spend time with her loved ones, and explore creative and artistic outlets.

Karly will be your point of contact for administrative needs and scheduling. You can contact her directly at karly@thezendogden.com or by calling 1-877-ZEN-DOGG.

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Credentials

Voted #1 Dog Trainer in Lancaster Newspaper’s 2023 Reader’s Choice Awards

AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

Active Member of the International Association of Canine Professionals

Certified Professional Canine Nutritionist (CPCN) on Staff

Reading Dogs’ Emotional State Certification- K9 Lifeline

Teach, Calm and Quide Workshop Graduates- K9 Lifeline & Transform My Dog

Safe Socialization Workshop Graduates- K9 Lifeline

Herm Sprenger Prong Collar Knowledge Assessment

Dog Bite Case Legal Consultant

Our Team has trained with the best, and we’re Always learning.

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What our clients say

“Thanks again for all you have done for Blu and me. I know he would not be the sweet, loving dog that he is had it not been for your philosophical approach to training humans and their dogs. Let Blu and I be your testimonial for e-collar training. This opportunistic dog we nicknamed “Bludini” would find ways to escape our house, take off running, and refuse to come when he was called, which scared the wits out of our family. The only way to get him back was to distract him enough to grab his collar.

I am now able to walk outside with him off leash and he doesn’t leave my side. When he does, he comes right back on command. My neighbors are in awe of his 180 degree shift since they were often roped into tracking him down on his frequent escapes. They really can’t believe it and honestly, neither can I, but here we are! Thank you, thank you, thank you so very much for your time, passion, and energy training our dogs!”

~ Eileen (With Blu)

“I will always recommend you to everyone. Your knowledge and expertise with dogs is unmatched! When my husband and I were first married we had a lab who was not well behaved and we hired 2 different dog trainers two separate times and unfortunately I felt it was a waste of money and time with both of them. 

I love your approach and I love that it’s behavior training and not obedience training. I learned so much from you. Your compassion with our situation with Libby helped so much. So I thank you as well.”

~ Ivy (with Libby)

 

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3 Reasons Why We Do Pack Walk

3 Reasons Why We Do Pack Walk

3 Reasons Why We Do Pack WalkWhen you work with The Zen Dog Den, you receive a standing invitation to attend our free weekly Pack Walks for the rest of your dog’s life. We spend Saturday mornings at a local park practicing together and our training team is there to...

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Connect

Phone: 1 (877) ZEN-DOGG 
Email: info@thezendogden.com

Cherisse, Kelcy, Sarah & Amy are all
Certified Dog Trainers and Behavioral Experts
as well as Members of the
International Association of Canine Professionals