Sarah Shulman-Owner/Head Trainer


Sarah Shulman is a certified Canine Trainer and Behavior Specialist.  She attended the internationally acclaimed Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers (formerly Tripple Crown Academy) in Central Texas. Upon graduating Sarah was offered an internship with Starmark Academy and spent three more months training rescue dogs and assisting in the teaching of Starmark's next generation of dog trainers.  During her time at Starmark, Sarah was exposed to variety of training techniques and got hands-on experience working with a large assortment of dogs, dealing with various behavior and training issues. When her internship with Starmark was complete Sarah returned to her hometown of Frederick, MD to open her own dog training business. 

Sarah was born and raised in downtown Frederick, and could think of no better place to start her own business.  She has been an active member of the downtown community,  having been a Company member with the Maryland Ensemble Theater for over ten years.  Along with working various technical positions for the theater, Sarah is also a playwright.  Her work has been performed in Frederick as well as DC and New York.  Sarah returned from her seven-month stay in Texas excited to serve her community in a brand new way.  Sarah continues to live in downtown Frederick with her dogs, who she trained through the Starmark program.  She can often be seen walking them, as well as client dogs, along the canal and down Market Street, or training in Baker Park. 

Paul Vella-Trainer


After a decade plus long career in the live corporate event and live theatre industry, Paul has made a pivot towards his passion for dogs and shaping good dog behavior. Paul began this journey through an internship with Creekside Canine Training. He then took time to further his dog training education before joining the Creekside team as an official employee. Paul shadowed owner and head trainer Sarah for some time, advancing his training skills and gaining experience with a wide variety of dogs. Paul now works full time training Creekside’s board and train dogs as well as assisting with the Puppy Kindergarten program and teaching group lessons. You can frequently see Paul training on Carol Creek and in downtown Frederick. Paul is thrilled to have said goodbye to the corporate event planning industry in order to make the career transition into being a full-time dog trainer.

The Creekside Pack







Harvey is a cattle dog mix.  He was rescued from the Wiliamson County Animal Shelter while Sarah was an intern at Starmark.  His intelligence, drive, and good-nature made him the perfect candidate for a company demo-dog. His friendly disposition and constant state of happiness made him an instant hit at Starmark.  He quickly picked up his training and he was soon off-leash and doing advanced obedience and clicker tricks. Due to his split-face markings, Harvey's full name is Harvey Dent, after the Batman character Two-Face.

Hank the Tank is a Staffordshire Terrier American Bulldog mix. He joined the Creekside family at four months after being rescued from the streets of South Carolina. Hank might be a small package but he is a big personality with an incredibly sweet nature.  He might not be the smartest pup in the pack but his good temperament and sweet disposition has made him a highly valuable member of the team and his general goofiness has made him a fan favorite. Hank has stepped up as the face of the company allowing Harvey to move into retirement.

Fitz is a Caviler King Charels Spaniel. He moved to Frederick with owner Paul from New York City. Fitz is big dog in a little body. He is a perfect example that dogs of all sizes can profit from and excel at training.  Fitz particularly enjoys trick training and agility.