Serving Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, and surrounding communities

(781) 917-4119

Meet the Sit Pretty Dog Training Team

Our team of certified dog trainers is ready to help! New puppy difficulties, trying to get through the challenge of your dog’s adolescence, or acclimating your rescue to your home and lifestyle? Our trainers are skilled at resolving behavior issues, from irritating habits such as excessive barking or excitement to more serious problems including aggression toward other dogs and people.
We are ready to help you improve communication with your dog and build your family’s confidence. Schedule a session with one of our trainers today!
Carol Brackett, CPDT-KA

Carol Brackett, CPDT-KA

Training & Behavior Specialist

Carol Brackett, CPDT-KA is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Profession Dog Trainers and is a certified Pro Dog Trainer through Absolute Dogs. Carol’s focus is in family dog training, helping owners achieve their goals of a well-mannered dog at any age. A dog’s full potential is unlocked through understanding their strengths while using positive and science-based solutions for their struggles. Carol also enjoys helping shy and nervous dogs build the confidence to become confident and curious.

Carol’s path to dog training started with birds. Her previous experiences included studying breeding behaviors of native birds and being an avian keeper and trainer at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. Working with a diverse group of birds provided many challenges and opportunities for creative approaches to training. Carol was presented with a whole new challenge when she moved with her reactive dog, Hudson, from rural New Hampshire to a city apartment. Her drive to understand reactive dogs has not only led to great strides in Hudson’s confidence and happiness, but also encouraged a new passion, dog training. Carol hung up her feathered hat for one with fur.

Her recent experience includes working as a trainer in basic obedience and puppy skills, leading group classes in basic and intermediate obedience, obedience for reactive dogs, puppy socialization, and confidence building. She worked with a variety of breeds and temperaments at a daycare that specializes in socializing and training dogs that have behavioral issues not appropriate for traditional daycare settings.

Kathryn Gabriele, CSAT, FDM, VSA-CDT

Kathryn Gabriele, CSAT, FDM, VSA-CDT

Training & Behavior Specialist

Kathryn Gabriele, VSA-CDT, FDM, FFCT, is a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT), Family Dog Mediator (FDM), VSA-Certified Dog Trainer (Online), and supporting member of the International Association for Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She also volunteers at the Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts and has completed the Aggression in Dogs Master Course.

Kathryn’s journey into dog training began in 2021 after she adopted her first dog, Cyrus, and she has continued to learn from and work with many respected professionals in the dog training and behavior world since. Kathryn’s experiences — the challenges and the wins — helping Cyrus to overcome his fearfulness, leash reactivity, and separation anxiety inspired her to want to help dogs and their guardians enjoy their lives together.

Kathryn brings more than 15 years of teaching experience — first as a high school educator and then as an adult professional learning facilitator — to her work as a dog trainer. She excels at actively listening to understand the specific needs and goals of each of her client/dog teams, and at designing personalized training plans in response to both.

Kathryn specializes in separation anxiety and helping fearful and shy dogs build confidence and resilience. She is deeply committed to the use of science-based, humane training methods, and ensuring that training is safe, effective, and customized to the needs of each guardian-dog team to help them realize their training and behavior modification goals. During your time with Kathryn, you will learn how to better communicate with your dog and how to use positive reinforcement techniques to train your dog.

Aubrey Sperry, CDBC, CNWI, CPDT-KA

Aubrey Sperry, CDBC, CNWI, CPDT-KA

Owner & Aggression Specialist

Aubrey Sperry, CDBC, CNWI, CPDT-KA, is the owner and head trainer of Sit Pretty Dog Training. She is certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants as a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), by the National Association of Canine Scent Work as a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI), by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), and by Fear Free as a Fear Free Certified Trainer. Aubrey is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the Pet Professional Guild, and she has worked professionally with animals since 2007. She gained experience teaching people while working as an educator at the Los Angeles Zoo, and learned to work with various dog breeds as a veterinary technician in an emergency and specialty practice in Los Angeles. More recently in Boston, Aubrey worked as a zookeeper at the Franklin Park Zoo, where she trained or assisted in training a variety of exotic animals.

As a veterinary technician and avid participant in dog sports, Aubrey has worked with many different dog breeds, and knows how to tailor training regimens to suit different temperaments of individual dogs. She believes that many dogs can adapt to fit a lifestyle that suits a city dweller with the right training and mental stimulation. Aubrey’s current passion is consulting with families that have dogs exhibiting aggressive behaviors. Helping families improve their safety, comfort, and communication with their canine companions is her specialty.

Aubrey lives in West Roxbury with her two dogs, Jolene and Guillermo. They are active in the dog sport flyball and can be seen with their team, Ready, Set, Ruckus!, at tournaments throughout the year. Aubrey also enjoys working with her dogs in obedience, dock diving, canine frisbee, lure coursing, and nose work. She also works hard to make sure her dogs are well- adjusted city dwellers. Say hi if you see them around West Rox or JP.

Sara Saperstein, MA, KPA-CTP, ANWI

Sara Saperstein, MA, KPA-CTP, ANWI

Training and Nose Work Specialist

Sara Saperstein, MA, KPA-CTP, ANWI is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, Associate Nose Work Instructor (ANWI) with the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW), and Fear Free Certified Animal Trainer. She is a supporting member of the International Association for Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), the Tracking Club of Massachusetts, and the North East Border Collie Association (NEBCA). She volunteers with the New England Border Collie Rescue (NEBCR)  and is certified in pet first aid and CPR.

A lifelong dog owner, Sara began training dogs in 2004 when she adopted Vegas, a reserved Australian shepherd who was fearful of sounds and people. Through guidance from mentors, a lot of reading, and careful training, Sara helped Vegas tackle his fears. He completely transformed into a resilient dog who was relaxed at house parties and so comfortable at the vet clinic that he was invited to hang out loose in the back.

Then in 2021 Sara entered the world of dog sports when she adopted a very busy border collie puppy, Adélie. Sara and Adélie train and compete in many sports including nose work, herding, dock diving, agility, tracking, disc, and flyball. In addition Sara trains Adélie in tricks, canine fitness, and cooperative care. Ask Sara if you’re curious about any of these!

Sara brings deep knowledge of learning with her academic research experience in neuroscience and the science of learning, and her experience as a data scientist and manager. As an instructor she encourages a growth mindset and celebrating the wins. As a longtime student of both behavior and dynamical systems, Sara is passionate about herding and nose work. She loves the partnership with our dogs enabled by both activities, and hopes to share the joys and vast benefits of nose work with her students.

Why work with us?

Our certified trainers will come to you and work in the comfort of your home to make sure your dog has the right foundations to take into more distracting and stimulating environments. Then we can move those foundations and behaviors out into the real world where you need them most.

What we can help with
  • Basic obedience for any stage of life;
  • Acclimation work with newly rescued dogs;
  • Going back to the basics with dogs that may not have the right answer out in the real world.

Our Happy Clients

Marvin came to me back in October of 2021 and we immediately started working with Carol.  She set the perfect foundation for Marvin from the time he arrived in my home. From potty training to dealing with the way puppies explore everything by mouth, Carol offered amazing tips and tricks. Carol is the best and I would highly recommend her to anyone with a young puppy or an older dog that just needs to learn some impulse control.   

– Melissa

I’ve taken my puppy to Aubrey for group classes as well as 1:1 private sessions.  She’s amazingly knowledgeable about dogs and how they learn, has impressive experience working in zoo and veterinary settings, and has a wealth of information about a large number of dog sports as she actively participates in many with her own dogs.  She is professional and upbeat, so our training sessions are always fun.  Highly recommend Sit Pretty Dog Training for anyone looking for evidence-based dog training to bring out the best in you and your dog.

– Sara