My name is Tony Mooney and I have owned and loved dogs since I was a kid. I always took an active role helping my mom train and care for our pets. In 2004, while working as a Regional Manager for a metal distribution company, I became really interested in training dogs after seeing an expo in Charlotte. I worked with several trainers in the Charlotte and Mooresville areas learning different styles, philosophies and techniques. It was a great learning experience for me. In 2008, I was introduced to dog sport and my love for training grew from a passionate hobby to something I wanted to build into a career. I attended the Canine Enlightenment Trainers School in Mocksville where Master Trainer Buddy Lawson has shown me everything from building a strong foundation and behavior theory to the use of different training tools and techniques. I have also traveled to learn from some of the top dog trainers in the southeast. I would love to share my passion of dog training with you. I feel that a well-behaved pet is more acceptable in a family and it lessens the likelihood of animals being abandoned or dropped off at animal shelters. Remember, we are all trainers, just on different levels.
As a small child, I remember my first grade teacher asking me, “Tara, what do you want to be when you grow up?” My answer was easy- a Veterinarian. As time went on, and I got older, I still had the passion for animals but wanted to help people also. My grandfather had Alzheimers, which made me curious about the nursing field, so I worked in nursing for a few years in an Alzheimers unit. My career in the nursing field led me to appreciate the incredible things that service dogs do for people with disabilities and health conditions. I started working for a non-profit organization, learning how to train service, therapy, and companion dogs and realized that dog training is my passion. After working for a non-profit organization for 5 years, I felt like I needed more training and to broaden my horizon so to speak and that’s what led me to The Dog Wizard. After my training at The Dog Wizard along with my service, therapy, and companion dog training, I am now the confident and balanced trainer who gets to have the best of both worlds: helping dogs and people!
Rachel Garris – Lead Office Manager
Rachel happily joined The Dog Wizard team in March of 2017! She has grown up with a love of dogs her entire life, so becoming a part of this team was an absolute dream! She and her favorite girl, Lucy, her 11 yr old rescue, handle the day-to-day logistics of the office. Their daily routine includes talking with dogs and their people about their goals in training, scheduling appointments, and managing the office tasks. The best part of her job is being part of such a
wonderful team, and helping build positive relationships between people and their pups. In her free time, Rachel loves to play roller derby and macrame. Rachel is a passionate outdoor enthusiast and enjoys spending time outside hiking with Lucy and her two active and energetic sons.
Amy Campbell – Office Manager
Amy has been with the Dog Wizard Office team since December 2016! Amy has a very important role with being the first point of contact for Dog Wizard clients. She helps manage the day-to-day needs, phone calls, and appointments which she does so well. Amy has a passion for helping customers at the highest level and
ensuring they feel great and know that there is hope for their dog. The best part about her job is not only getting to talk with clients about their dogs but also having her rescue mutt, Winston, hang out with her all day! When she’s not helping us in the office she can be found enjoying the outdoors with Winston. We are grateful to have her on our team!
Chloe Debrowski – Office Manager
Chloe is a New York native! She began working with people with disabilities while obtaining her bachelor’s in Social Work. Throughout this journey, she noticed much of her free time was spent caring for animals, so she began a dog sitting business. She took it upon herself to volunteer and give back to the community at local animal shelters and sanctuaries in her free time. Chloe used to competitively ride horses but now just enjoys riding in her free time. Chloe discovered these experiences brought her immense happiness and consequently to shift her career toward one involving helping animals. Chloe is a proud and loyal member of our Dog Wizard family. When you talk to Chloe about your dog and the troubles you are having you will immediately feel at ease with her compassion for you and your dog! One of the best parts of her job, she gets to spend time at home with her two pups Bax and Benji.
Noelle Woodhead – Business Coach
Noelle has been a part of The Dog Wizard family when her path as a trainer started in 2011. She launched the Charleston Dog Wizard location in 2012 there she was able to help a lot of clients and their dogs have a better life and gain more freedom. In 2016 Noelle took over as the lead office manager where she was able to make an impact on the team to better serve the clients and trainers. With her first hand training knowledge of and knowing what it was like being on the other side as a trainer the office support was able to grow by leaps and bounds. She has helped build the office team with a family culture, compassion and passion that can be experienced with every client they talk to. Noelle continues to oversee the office but now spends her time continuing to develop and grow The Dog Wizard trainers and their businesses so that we can help even more people than we already do! She spends most days working remotely on her boat with her sidekick, Huckleberry.