Meet Our Trainers

Vicki Eberle - dog training Buffalo NYVictoria Eberle (Vicki)

Vicki’s passion for training developed in 2008 when she welcomed a Maltese puppy named Mojo into her family. Including her daughter in his training she hoped to help her gain confidence while learning compassion and responsibility. With a determination to learn as much as possible to also help others she became a Certified Dog Trainer when she received her certification with Honors through Animal Behavior College, which offers a nationally-recognized certification program in dog training. As part of her externship through ABC with ABC Mentor Trainer, Kim Sauer, she began assisting Kim with classes offered through The Family Companion. Upon graduation, Kim brought her on staff as a trainer at Sit’n Stay Pet Services. Through further studies with Family Paws she became a Licensed Presenter for the Dogs & Storks and Dogs & Toddlers programs. She is also trained in Pet First Aid, CPR & Care through Pet Tech.

Believing every animal comes to us to fulfill a specific need or purpose, Vicki’s family has grown to include a Maltipoo named Molly and 4 cats named Blueberry, Daisy, Jamboree and Ron. Vicki strives to help each pet parent discover and embrace their pet’s authentic self by educating them from the pet’s perspective. She teaches group obedience classes, private in-home consults/obedience training for dogs and cats and group or private in-home consults for the Dogs & Storks and Dogs & Toddlers programs.

Becki - dog trainerRebecca Klinger (Becki)

Rebecca Klinger is a 2015 Graduate of the Animal Behavior College Dog Trainer Program; mentored by Kim Sauer, it was upon completion of the program she was offered a job as a Trainer with Sit ‘n Stay. In addition to Rebecca’s availability for private training lessons she is also the Hiring Manager, Pet Sitter, Dog Walker, responsible for marketing within the South-towns region, and often operates the Puppy Playgroups that are held on Saturdays at our Southwestern Blvd, Orchard Park location. Rebecca has an extensive background in dog daycare and boarding. With an aptitude in animal body language and communication she was driven to seek higher education in dog behavior and training through top rated courses in the Pet Professional field provided by E-Training For Dogs.

Rebecca has completed and received certifications in the following webinars and courses:

  • Hands on Healing: Practical Applications of Healing Herbs, Essences, and More
  • Be Safe, Be Responsible: Understanding Dog-Dog/Dog-Human Communication
  • Ethology & Canine Behavior: Play Gone Bad
  • The Importance of Understanding Dog Communication – In the Professional World
  • Ethology & Canine Behavior – Windows of Opportunity: A New Look at Canine Socialization
  • Dog Daycare Supervision
  • Pet Tech First Aid & CPR Trained
  • Animal Behavior College First Aid & CPR Trained
  • Doggone Safe Presenter
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

Rebecca prides herself as a caretaker of her three dogs and cat; a Yorkshire Terrier named Deliliah, a Siberian Husky named Luna, a Pug/Chihuahua Mix named Dahli and a Abyssinian Mix named Linux, who believes even after long sit down conversations that she is a dog. Along with her husband, Rebecca, maintains fresh water as well as salt water ecosystems.

Rebecca’s calling is to help end the relinquishment of animals to shelters based on problem behaviors. It is her aspiration to help pet owners establish and strengthen the bonds and roles within their family units so that everyone can lead happy and productive lives.

Mia PaolinoMia Paolino

Mia has been an animal lover her whole life and got her first start working with them at a young age when she began riding horses. Since then her love and understanding for all animals has only grown. Mia’s passion for animals is centered around dogs and horses, and she completed the ABC program to become a certified dog trainer and continue working with dogs in a professional manner.  In addition to being a certified dog trainer she is also trained in pet first-aid and pet CPR. Her main goal when working with any type of animal is to train them in a way that makes sense to the animal, and acknowledges that animals and humans view their worlds very differently.

Mia is our Head Trainer for the Rover & Me! Fitness Class, trained through PetTech in Pet First Aid, CPR & Care and an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.  Mia comes to us with an extensive background in pet care through working with several local companies.

Mia’s menagerie of animals includes two long-haired dachshunds, two rescued cats, a quarter-horse pony, a hamster as well as a freshwater aquarium. 

Sue Pezzanite

Sue has been training dogs for 10 years – first assisting Kim in dog training classes for two years then teaching classes for the last 8 years. Sue attended Karen Pryor Training Academy in 2008 and received her certification in dog training and went on to obtain her Certified Professional Dog Training certification in 2010.     Sue is very involved in helping dogs with reactive issues and has been doing reactive classes for the last four years using BAT – Behavior Adjustment Training which provides coping skills for dogs.

Sue also has a passion for working with cats and has been a volunteer at Tabby Town Cat Adoption Center for the last five years working with the cats providing enrichment using a clicker. In the beginning of 2016 Sue started the behavior department at Tabby Town to help with cat assessment, behavior issues and to provide education to the potential adopters.

Kim Sauer - Dog TrainingKim Sauer, CPDT-KA, PTI

Kim Sauer's fascination with dog training took off in 1997 when she started assisting a local trainer using a clicker. Her interest grew as she learned how much she loved working with animals and enjoyed seeing the transformation in both the dogs and the owners. Kim became a Certified Pet Dog Trainer in March of 2006. She is also an AKC Canine Good Citizen and STAR Puppy Evaluator. Kim earned her diploma from Animal Behavior College in January 2002 and became an ABC Certified Dog Trainer. After several years of experience, in 2006 Kim became an ABC Mentor Trainer and is now helping others to realize their dream of becoming a dog trainer! 

Kim's specialty is working with families owning pets who plan to bring a baby into the household. She is the Trainer for the SPCA's Baby Ready Pets Program, a Licensed Presenter for the Dogs & Storks Program and The Dog and Baby Connection Program which is for households with dogs and babies from 3 months to 3 years.

Stephanie Davis

Stephanie is a recently certified dog trainer from Animal Behavior College. She has a love of animals big and small. If not for her husband, she would take in as many animals as she could. She spends her time volunteering at an animal rescue, or learning better ways to train and care for the many animals she works with. Stephanie is passionate and friendly, willing to help wherever she can.