MEET THE CREEKSIDE TEAM

SARAH SHULMAN — OWNER/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 threemore 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. 

NINA — DEMO DOG

Nina is a pittbull/mastif mix.  She was rescued from the Frederick Animal Shelter by Sarah at the age of two.  Full of crazy non-stop energy Nina was an immediate training challenge for Sarah, but her sweet, loving and goofy nature quickly endeared her not just to Sarah but to everyone who meets her.   Sarah enrolled Nina in the training program at Starmark Academy.  While iniatial strong-willed and difficult to handle Sarah and Nina overcame all the challenges put before them while at Starmark. Nina left Texas a new dog.  Her sweet goofiness was still intact, but she was now trained in advanced obedience, advanced clicker, service, competitive obedience, basic search and rescue, and scent detection.  At the end of class Nina suffered an injury to her knee and had to undergo CCL surgery in Texas.   After a six week rehab period, Nina was back to her old-self and ready to work. Nina is more than just a demo-dog; she is a companion and Sarah's training partner.  She can be seen all over downtown Frederick saying hi to anyone who wants to pet her and get some “Nina love.

HARVEY — DEMO DOG

Harvey is a cattle dog mix.  He was rescued from the Wiliamson County Animal Shelter while Sarah was an intern at Starmark.  His intellegince, drive, and good-nature made him the perfect candidate for a second demo-dog while Nina was recovering from knee surgery. 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.  But most importantly he quickly bonded with both Sarah and Nina.  Harvey fit right in with the training team, helping to draw people to Creekside with his happy-go-lucky nature. Due to his split-face markings, Harvey's full name is Harvey Dent, after the Batman character Two-Face.

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