Nichole Myers-Youngquist, CPDT-KA
Nichole’s career in dog training began in grade school when her dad wanted to train their Brittany Spaniel to hunt. Even back then she and her dad used positive training methods without realizing it. Nichole earned her CPDT-KA in 2018.
Dog training wasn’t her first vocation. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Southern Oregon University and started an exciting career in the broadcast media industry. Working at Portland, Oregon radio stations and KOIN-TV honed her customer service and public speaking skills.
Attending many obedience classes and participating in agility with her English Pointer made her realize how much she enjoyed dog training. She obtained her dog training certification from Animal Behavior College where she graduated with honors. She worked as a training assistant at Wonder Dogs in Philomath, Oregon as well as volunteered as a dog walker and Canine Adoptions Specialist at the Willamette Humane Society.
Nichole has worn several hats at the shelter from Adoptions Specialist to Animal Welfare Specialist. Getting the position a Public Training Instructor is a dream come true. She loves to share her passion for dogs and training with everyone!
Nichole lives in Salem, Oregon with her supportive husband and their dog family of three, which includes two Cocker Spaniel/Poodle mixes and an American Eskimo mix. Hiking, traveling, and binge watching TV shows are their favorite activities.
Skylar started his career working with animals as an animal care technician in the shelter environment. After working in shelters for several years, he became the Shelter Enrichment Coordinator, running playgroups, training new staff and volunteers on dog behavior and body language. In his role, he also gained experience teaching obedience classes, and providing daily enrichment to the shelter dogs. He then made a move into a full-time training position where he worked with dogs and their owners on how to provide support in moments of high arousal, reactivity, or fearfulness.
Skylar’s focus has been providing adopted shelter dogs and adopters support and resources, facilitating successful transitions from the shelter to new homes and communities.
Skylar is passionate about helping dog owners acquire the skills to grow together as a team with their pets using enrichment games and positive reinforcement training. He joined the WHS team in 2020.