Meet the Trainer

Samantha always grew up with animals and loved dogs. 

Samantha got her own dog at nineteen years old and was pre-med in college.  In pursuit of medical school Samantha moved to the Bay Area to get her Masters in Public Health.  During this time Lily, Samantha’s pit bull came into her life.  Lily was found after being abused and left tied to a pole.  Samantha felt an instant attraction and agreed to foster her.  Lily was so under socialized; she had both dog and human reactivity and would attack her own reflection.

Samantha began learning everything she could about dog psychology and rehabilitating dogs.  It was with the help of her dog Baloo she fell in love with the process of rehabilitating and socializing Lily and wanted to help more dogs, families, and rescues. Samantha realized that pack walks were the best way to get Lily to get more comfortable around other dogs and from this Pack Life LA was born.  Since then Samantha has worked with countless rescues to help dogs find their forever homes including Chewslife Dog Rescue, Animal Hope and Wellness and Marley’s Mutts.


Samantha has shadowed numerous trainers and attended lots of workshops to find what works perfectly for her training.  After working as an assistant trainer at Cesar Milan’s Dog Psychology Center in Santa Clarita, California she became a lead course trainer.  Samantha taught Socialization and Mastering the Walk.  Cesar is no longer offering classes but Samantha does provide socialization classes of her own. 

Samantha’s pride and joy is being a head trainer for Marley’s Mutts Pawsitive Change prison program.  To learn more about this program please visit:


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