Meet Our Los Angeles Dog Trainers
Dog Trainers with People Skills
The dog trainers at Dog Savvy Los Angeles are experienced, professional, and knowledgeable. We strive to make your experience working with us the best it can possibly be!
Alexandra Bassett, Lead Dog Trainer, CPDT-KA
Alexandra Bassett is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and the lead dog trainer and behavior specialist at Dog Savvy Los Angeles. Originally from Martha’s Vineyard, she has worked as a professional dog trainer and shelter volunteer for over 10 years.
Alexandra (also known as Lexi) has studied under World Champion Dog Trainer, Susan Garrett, and counts Andrea Arden and Dr. Sophia Yin as the other major influences on her training approach and philosophy. She believes choice and reinforcement-based dog training methodology—otherwise known as game-based dog training—is the most progressive form of positive reinforcement dog training methodology available today and actively discourages the use of correction-based dog training methodology.
She has developed Dog Savvy Los Angeles's breakthrough behavior modification programs for solving leash reactivity, aggression, and separation anxiety in dogs based on her studies of the teachings of Pat Miller, Patricia McConnell, and Grisha Stewart.
Sarah McMenimen, Dog Trainer, ABCDT
Sarah grew up in Northern California (by way of Hawaii), where she spent her time horse-back riding, caring for her family pets, and dreaming of becoming a veterinarian. She moved to Los Angeles in 2012 to attend graduate school at UCLA in the Visual Art department.
Her interdisciplinary approach to art making spilled over into her pursuit of learning about relationships between humans and dogs. She believes that learning and observing how our canines communicate make us compassionate and mindful humans. She specializes in working with dogs who engage in fear-based behaviors, such as anxiety or aggression.
As a recent graduate of the Animal Behavior College and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, she is passionately dedicated to staying informed of new ideas and research in the training field to ensure her clients are getting the best possible tools to see results.
Lydia Hunter, Assistant Dog Trainer
Lydia Hunter began her professional career as a dog trainer by working at Paws Pet Resort, one of the top dog daycares in Orange County.
She assisted the company's head dog trainer who introduced her to positive reinforcement dog training.
She specializes in new puppy set-up, manners training (basic obedience), specialty tricks, leash excitement, puppy and adult dog socialization, and resource guarding.
It is her life's purpose to act as the translator between dogs and their humans. Every day of training is a new adventure for her that she cannot wait to embark on with you and your beloved pet!