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, helping shape the trainers of tomorrow.  

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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, son 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.


Ellen Mahurin, ACAAB, is 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. 

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. Ellen works with all of Sabra's cat clients as well as severe aggression dog clients and is based out of Franklin.