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Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Certified

Certified Personal Trainer

Pet CPR+ & First Aid Certified


Mentioned in the New York Times



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Tamara discovered her passion for dogs at a very young age, always knowing that a career working with dogs was the end goal. Through growing up with dogs, volunteering at local shelters, and working with dogs professionally for over a decade, Tamara has gained valuable experience and unique skills. 

Coming from a background in the fitness industry as a Certified Personal Trainer, Tamara founded Shape Up Your Pup with a creative vision of combining her love for fitness & Fido, while providing daily access to the great outdoors for city dogs.

Tamara’s ability to read animal behavior and understand pack mentality enabled her to seamlessly develop a well thought out dog hiking and training company, concentrating on providing socialization, mental stimulation, and structured play for NYC dogs.

Tamara is a Certified Training Partner and graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy, where she completed both the Foundations and Dog Trainer Professionals courses. She specializes in positive reinforcement based clicker training and off-leash training. 

Meet The Team

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Lead Hiker & Trainer

Alex discovered her deep love for animals through having grown up with dogs all her life. She is an animal rights activist, spreading awareness and knowledge.

Alex has volunteered at animal shelters for 6 years, and parented three beautiful dogs she herself rescued from shelters. 

Alex is a volunteer teacher of dog handling and behavior evaluation. Her admirable skill set and keen understanding of animal behavior make her a valued and qualified member of our team. Alex is an avid hiker and marathon runner. It does not get better than that! She loves a good challenge, and couldn't be a more perfect fit! 


Lead Hiker

Mahlon's unconditional love for dogs is deep rooted and ingrained in who she is. She is an avid hiker and skilled dog handler. She shares a deep love of animals, fitness, and the great outdoors. She is dog mom to a beautiful rescue pup, Lola.

Mahlon has immeasurable hands on experience and impeccable leadership skills. The level of care and attention she devotes to our pack is a true testament to her expertise, kindness and character.



Meet Ainslee, a passionate and energetic individual whose love for dogs and the great outdoors has been a constant thread throughout her life. Having grown up surrounded by furry companions, Ainslee developed a deep understanding and connection with animals. She appreciates the equilibrium that this job provides, blending the urban hustle of Manhattan with regular access to serenity in the suburbs!


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