About The Trainers


Ayelet Berger, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, is one of Nashville’s only Nationally Certified Professional Dog Trainers. 

A science-based, force-free, positive reinforcement dog trainer, Ayelet spent nearly a decade volunteering with dog rescue organizations and shelters before creating Sabra Dog Training. She has worked as a veterinary technician and continues her education as a trainer by attending conferences all over the country regarding the latest findings on dog behavior. Ayelet is a proud graduate of Karen Pryor Academy and a licensed presenter for Family Paws. She is also the Behavior Technician for Veterinary Behaviorist Beth Strickler, DACVB who services the Nashville area 3 days a month. Some of Ayelet's favorite work has been teaching group classes at Davidson County Male Correctional Facility, where inmates are paired with rescued Greyhounds to help prepare the dogs for adoption. Finally, Ayelet is a mentor for CATCH and Victoria Stilwell Academy, helping shape the trainers of tomorrow.  

Ayelet (pronounced i-yell-it) was born in Israel, raised in Louisville, and lived in New York for a decade before returning to her Southern roots and settling down in Nashville with her husband, sons and beagle-mix, Chloe. 

Ayelet works with all dogs, specializing in those that are exceptionally shy and scared. She believes training should be a positive experience for all involved.

To read articles written by Ayelet on Woof On! Nashville, click here.

Ellen Mahurin, MA, ACAAB, is Middle Tennessee's only Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist who is board Certified by the Animal Behavior Society. She earned her master's degree in Experimental Psychology/Animal Behavior from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. In addition to this, Ellen is also a licensed presenter with Family Paws.

Ellen grew up on a horse farm in east Tennessee where training dogs and horses was a part of daily life. She keeps her skills sharp by staying up-to-date on scientific research in pet behavior and training. Her training methods effectively treat problem behavior, reduce stress for pets and people alike, foster interspecies communication and support the human-animal bond. More information about board certified behaviorists can be found at certifiedanimalbehaviorist.com. While Ellen specializes in aggressive dogs and cats, she is trained and experienced in all areas of dog and cat training & behavior modification. She is based in Franklin.

To read articles written by Ellen on Woof On! Nashville, click here.

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Jenna Slutzky, KPA CTP, is a proud graduate of The Karen Pryor Academy and an advocate to the force-free movement. With over a decade of professional experience creating structured and safe environments for dog daycare and boarding facilities in Nashville, Tampa, St Petersburg and Chicago, Jenna is excited to focus on providing a positive approach to dog training in Nashville with the Sabra Dog Training team. 

Always looking to stay on top of science-based, stress-free techniques, Jenna attends yearly conferences and workshops to continue her education in dog behavior.  She has served as a volunteer and foster home with many animal rescue organizations & shelters, is Pet First Aid and CPR certified through PetTech and enjoys dog photography in her spare time. 

After being born and raised in Tampa, FL and spending many years in Chicago, IL, Jenna is happy to call Nashville home with her Great Dane, Ichabod Dane. Jenna specializes in helping puppies become well-mannered family members and helping dogs who could use a little self-control on leash. 

 To read articles written by Jenna on Woof On! Nashville, click here.