Ian Grant  - Owner - Head Trainer

Ian Grant opened Vermont Dog Trainer (formerly Vermont Dog Boarding and Behavior) in December of 2007 out of his home to help dogs and their owners in Northern Vermont. Little did he know that working with dogs was going to give him opportunities that he would never imagine. After consistently walking and caring for 15-20 dogs a day on his own, Vermont Dog Trainer moved into a new facility in September 2013.

Read his full bio here ~


Serena Russell Lamson - Operations Manager - Head Trainer

Serena is our Operations Manager and Head Trainer, and started her career at Vermont Dog Trainer in June of 2014.  She attended three 3D Workshop - Dealing with Difficult Dogs in Utah, Burton's 2-Day 3D Workshop - Dealing with Difficult Dogs in June 2015 and 2016, and an E-Collar workshop in Ohio in October 2017. Serena loves to play Frisbee golf, and has two dogs Lilly and Aspen.


Matt Bettis - Assistant Trainer

Matt joined the Vermont Dog Trainer team in September 2016.  He began his canine pursuits by walking all of his neighbor's dogs, and has worked his way up to training dogs here. He also is a lifelong basketball player and coaches kids basketball on the weekends. Matt has a sweet and regal Rhodesian Ridgeback named Nala.


Renae Wells - Assistant Trainer

Renae joined Vermont Dog Trainer in May 2018. Even though this was her first time working with dogs, she comes to it as a natural. She loves to hike and garden; and has two cats Frodo and Kaiya.

Nick Draper - Assistant Trainer

Nick has been with Vermont Dog Trainer since November 2014. Nick is a Morrisville native who loves to read and is interested in space travel. He has two cats, Ellie and Maggie.


Abigail Feldman - Front Desk

Abigail joined Vermont Dog Trainer in November 2017.  With a background in photography, she brings her wide breadth of experience and creativity, as well as her love of dogs to the team. Abigail is an avid gardener and long time Yoga practitioner, and now certified Yoga teacher. She lives with two dogs, two cats and eight chickens.  Shown here with her dog Sita!



Hester Fuller - Front Desk


Melissa Rose - Training Lead Specialist

Melissa joined Vermont Dog Trainer in April 2018 after retiring from her career as a healthcare consultant. When she is not working with happy dogs and owners, Melissa volunteers, is an EFT (Tapping) Practitioner and Reiki Master, loves to garden and walk in the woods.  Although she fancies all dogs, she has a soft heart for Yellow Labs and currently lives with her pup Murphy.

Our staff was Certified in Pet First Aid and CPR in January 2019 by Pet Tech

Our staff was Certified in Pet First Aid and CPR in January 2019 by Pet Tech