Meet Our Team
David Shade | Owner, Operator, and Lead Trainer
Dave founded At Attention Dog Training in 2015 not only because he loves dogs, but because there was a need in the local area for a skilled, knowledgeable, and educated force-free trainer. Since founding AADT he has trained hundreds of dogs, and helped their caretakers with any training that they needed whether that was puppy potty training, teaching dogs to stop pulling, or fixing severe aggression or fear issues in dogs. Dave is committed to 'getting the job done' with a superior work ethic that can only be found within our nation's armed services. He served in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division for 4 years, which included an overseas deployment to a combat zone. He studied Biological Sciences in college, has a certificate in Pet CPR and first aid, and has a CCDT designation and certification from the Catch Canine Trainers Academy. He also obtained a fear free certification in June 2018. When working with At Attention Dog Training, Dave is committed to making sure you are satisfied whether you need training, walking, or pet care services.
Lesley Aronson Shade | Director of Marketing and Business Development | Junior Dog Trainer
Lesley has been an invaluable team member of At Attention Dog Training since its founding. With a background in corporate-based businesses, she has cultivated community relationships, created marketing campaigns, managed AADT's social media platforms, coordinated puppy classes and more. She graduated from the University of Richmond in 2009 with a B.A. Through her experience in a high paced corporate environment, to working in veterinary offices, to volunteering for several animal advocate groups and rescues, she has been an integral part in spreading news, information, and education about the force-free dog training movement.
Sammy | K9 Assistant
Samson was born in 2011 in a shelter and was rescued by Dave and his family in 2012 from another owner. Sammy is a Labrador mix with a wonderful temperament. He loves to play fetch with a tennis ball (or any toy for that matter)! Back home, he earns his keep (food, treats, and bones) by accompanying Dave on training sessions with dogs who are dog aggressive. Sammy is what is known as a 'bulletproof' dog. This is because he is non-reactive, especially in the presence of other dogs whom are struggling with aggression, fear, or anxiety towards other dogs. When called upon, he will therapuetically help rehabilitate any dog in need of help. He is just an overall wonderful and lovable guy!