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 more than 150 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. 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.
Kat H. | Pet Care Specialist
Kat lives outside of Philadelphia in the suburbs. After working a corporate job for a number of years, she decided to invest in a career change where she can do two of the things she loves: Fitness and spending time with animals. Her own pets always continue to surprise and amaze her. Lady her cat, and Hugo and Lulu (the dogs) keep the house lively with their extremely different and unique personalities. Hugo loves to hike and swim, while Lulu would much rather run endless circles in the grass. Meanwhile, Lady is more of a homebody and enjoys basking in the sun. Kat grew up surrounded by pets all her life and couldn’t imagine a day without them. She enjoys being active, especially outdoors, no matter what the weather.
Samson | K9 Assistant (and all around good guy)
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!