About Us

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 has developed her own trainer’s academy for those wanting to work professionally with dogs. Erin is also 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.

Valerie George

Professional Dog Trainer

Valerie’s passion for a deeper learning about dog training began after becoming involved with dog sports events including Dock Diving and Rally OB. She is a graduate of Michael Ellis’s Advanced Obedience Training, Dr. Ian Dunbar’s SIRIUS Academy for Science Based Dog Training and more recently completed the Advanced Trainer’s Course at Tug Dogs. She is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor and a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Valerie has her own dog training business and has volunteered as a dog walker/trainer at the Placer SPCA. With a background in massage therapy, nutrition and wellness consulting, she brings a holistic approach to the dog training world.

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. In addition to working with Tug Dogs, Michelle also owns Sage Canines, a dog training business located in Southern Washington.

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


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 in addition to completing our mandatory appreciate program directly under Tug Dogs owner Erin. Trainer Cheantelle, working with her rescue malinois Nova, has been training in dock diving, sheep herding, and is even exploring the worlds of IPO and nosework. 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!


Rebecca Lane

Apprentice dog trainer

Rebecca has quickly made herself an asset to the Tug Dogs team by eagerly stepping up at every opportunity to learn and pitch in. Rebecca has completed both the Foundation Trainer’s Course as well as our Advanced Trainer’s Course and is currently completing our apprentice program. Rebecca’s passion for all things dogs can be seen in her foster work helping local rescues in need and her care and consideration with each dog she is working with. We can’t wait to see Rebecca complete her apprenticeship and join our team full time!


Katie Stein

Apprentice trainer & project manager

Katie is a graduate of the University of California Davis earning her both a BS degree in Animal Science and an MBA degree. As a long time animal lover, Katie has volunteered with local animal rescue groups and has 3 bully breed pups of her own including two hospice dogs she adopted as seniors. Katie has completed our Foundation Trainer’s Course and brings a awesome energy, business sense, and a natural instinct with animals that makes her a shoe in at Tug Dogs. She also owns Sacramento Canine Adventure Days, a local business focused on providing dog excursions to pups needing confidence, an energy outlet, or just a fun time!

Julie Christensen

Apprentice Dog Trainer

Julie is a star student from both our beginning and advanced trainer’s courses in addition to a current foster home provider and volunteer for Golden State Greyhound Adoption where she helps rescue greyhounds coming off the racing track. In addition, Julie has previously volunteered at Sacramento County Animal Shelter and has also worked in basic horse training skills and is even considering teaching her chickens an agility routine! We look forward to watching Julie’s training skills grow even stronger as she becomes a part of the Tug Dogs team.gg