Tug Dogs is a team of professional trainers dedicated to helping dogs and their owners be at their best.

Owned by lead trainer Erin Kramer, Tug Dogs sets incredibly high standards for each of our staff members which include requiring each trainer to complete both our foundation and advanced courses as well as complete a lengthy, hands on apprenticeship prior to being hired on staff. For this reason we have some of the most skilled, knowledgeable, and passionate trainers working as part of the Tug Dogs team.

Erin Kramer

Tug Dogs owner, Lead Trainer, and Course Instructor
Erin Kramer is a professionally certified dog trainer, has worked as a trainer's instructor internationally and developed her trainer's coursework, is an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluator, both a service and therapy dog evaluator, has trained and handled dogs for both TV and film, has supplied working K9's for police and personal protection, has won obedience training competitions, and has testified in numerous court cases as a canine behavior and aggression specialist. Most importantly, Erin is an avid dog lover with a thoughtful approach to working with each client she meets (human and dog) and her talent in dog training has made her a leading resource for shelters and rescue organizations all over the West Coast.

Sean Mannion

Professional Dog Trainer
From growing up on a working horse ranch, to working hands on in veterinary office, to playing the role of bad guy for law enforcement canine's to practice on, Sean has been a life long animal lover and trainer. Sean specializes in handling severe dog and human aggression cases and got his start into professional dog training after rescuing his much loved pit bull dog named Cash from a local animal shelter. As part of Tug Dogs, Sean has strengthened his knowledge of behavior modification and has worked hard with local rescues to help foster dogs in need. Sean's clients are always quick to rave about the amazing transformations they see after he has worked with their dogs as well as the detailed information he provides in a simple fashion during the "human training" part of the job.

Michelle Molina

Professional Dog Trainer
Michelle joined us at Tug Dogs after she brought in her own high energy dog Sage in for training and caught the training bug! Graduating with a degree in psychology from Sacramento State, Michelle's academic background combined with her hard working nature made her a great fit for being on team Tug Dogs. Michelle completed three of our trainer's courses followed by a lengthy apprenticeship program and has put all that learning to excellent use! Michelle is an outstanding trainer who works hard to develop relationships with each dog she trains and has excelled in every dog training task we have thrown her way including training service and therapy dogs, aggression rehabilitation and more.

Stace Dugdale

Professional Dog Trainer
Fate brought Stace to us here at Tug Dogs as she desperately searched for a trainer who could help her better understand and train her dog Puck who suffered from serious behavior issues. As an incredibly dedicated dog owner, Stace had tried no less than 5 other trainers and spent thousands of dollars without finding the right program for her and Puck. We were thrilled to help Stace understand and work with Puck's behavior issues and even more thrilled when she hung around for multiple trainer's courses to learn about canine training and behavior in depth! Stace has been a volunteer with local animal shelters and a foster home taking in rescues in need from various rescue groups throughout the state. Stace brings with her training a wonderful calmness, an understanding of just want dog owners are going through when their pet is acting out, and a general sweetness that her clients adore.

Rachelle Skinner

Professional Dog Trainer
Rachelle came to Tug Dogs after graduating from another trainer's school where she got a solid foundation in training but wanted to expand her skills and delve further into behavior modification topics such as anxiety and aggression issues. Rachelle has worked as both a professional groomer and trainer and has completed both our foundation and advanced trainer's courses as well as her apprenticeship program. Rachelle is one of two trainers who instructs training as part of a non profit organization bringing rescue dogs into prisons, has worked professionally as a service dog trainer, and is an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluator. Rachelle has rapidly become an indispensable part of the Tug Dogs team and has earned lots of praise from her clients.

Cheantelle Camaioni

Assistant Dog Trainer
When we met Cheantelle in one of our trainer's school sessions, we could see immediately her passion and drive for working with dogs and knew she would be a good fit for joining Tug Dogs. Cheantelle passed both our foundation and advanced trainer's courses with ease and is currently completing her apprentice program. Adding to her skills, Cheantelle is a long time rescue and shelter volunteer, dog foster parent, and rescue dog owner. We are thrilled to have her join us!