I spent my early years in Maryland but grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. I am a graduate of Virginia Tech--GO HOKIES! I now live in Springfield, Virginia with my husband and two young boys, with a third on the way and due to arrive in April 2017! We are big fans of the Washington Capitals. I have had many dogs in my life since high school and currently have a Rottweiler and Chihuahua. I have experience working in primary and specialty veterinary care as well as an open-access shelter. I love animals in general but am definitely a "dog person," and I am so grateful to be spending my time bonding with my furry clients as part of Dog Tranquility's team!
Dana: Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
Ian: Co-Owner and Lead Sitter
Sara: Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
I am originally from Richmond, VA. I am a 40 year old married homemaker and part-time dog walker and pet-sitter. I am the proud parent of 4 furbabies; 2 cats (Dallas and Kahlil, named after the football team and the philosopher Kahlil Gibran) and 2 dogs - (Heidi and Rayna (turning 2 and 1 in February/March of 2017) :) Both Rescued from Washington Human Society at 3 and 4 months of age respectively. I've been an animal lover and owner all my life - primarily dogs and cats, but lover of all - everything from fish to birds to lizards. I've taken many dog training courses and consulted with dog trainers for training my own animals. I've completed several puppy training classes, intermediate obedience classes, Shy behavior class, Agility sports class, and I am an avid reader / researcher of dog behavior/training... always learning and doing all I can. I am a healthy lifestyle enthusiast and support local charities in and around Fairfax throughout the year. I am also the organizer for meet-up group called Lorton Dog Pack Walks.
Leighann: Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
A Fairfax native, I am a married homemaker and mother of one. My family's home includes additional four legged a finned family members. Nelson is our South African Mastiff, Otis a French Bulldog/Beagle mix, a rabbit named Snowflake, 2 turtles, and fish. I have always loved and had animals in my life and have never been without the companionship of a dog. Our family's pets bring us so much happiness I can't imagine our home without animals. I'm thrilled to be part of the Dog Tranquility family and look forward to getting to know and care for your "fur babies".
Colleen: Owner and Lead Dog Trainer
Hi there, my name is Ian Dermott. After graduating from George Mason University, I joined the Army to serve my country. While stationed at Fort Bragg, NC, my wife began working with dogs. Together, we fostered quite a few dogs and I assisted my wife with the house-training, socialization, etc. Since we have moved back home to Northern VA, I have watched my wife's business grow. I have enjoyed assisting her during private sessions with dogs exhibiting behavioral issues.
I finally left my job that I was unhappy at to do something that actually makes me happy...working with animals! I have a lot of experience with animals, having owned a wide variety of animals my entire life; dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and various small mammals. I thoroughly enjoy caring for and training animals and I look forward to meeting and working with your pets!
My name is Colleen Dermott. I am an Army wife and a mother of 14; 2 human children, 4 dogs, 2 cats, a rabbit, and 5 birds. While we were stationed at Fort Bragg, NC, I volunteered at the on-post shelter. There, I worked one-on-one with the dogs on their basic manners. For those dogs who were too scared to work, I worked on strengthening their confidence. I helped match up potential adopters with dogs that fit their lifestyle. I also fostered a few dogs myself. My foster dogs lived with me, received training, and when I felt they were ready, I found them a forever home.
I use positive training only. My methods include positive reinforcement, positive associations, bonding & leadership exercises, and fun games. When you reward your dog for doing the right thing, they are more likely to repeat that behavior. I have found positive training methods to be more effective and lasting than alternative methods. I speak from experience with my own dogs. When I got my first dog, Sandy (Bulldog/Boston Terrier mix), I made every mistake in the book. Then when I wanted to make things more “sane”, I hired a dog trainer of my own that taught me a lot. I also started to read books and watch dog training shows. I implemented what I had learned and saw a few results, but was still not satisfied. I then got into dog training myself and studied positive only methods. Now my pack is balanced, well behaved, and happier than ever. They LOVE training! Prior, Sandy would only half way work with me. Now she can’t get enough. She feels that the reward for her proper behavior is so much more fun than tearing up the house, digging up my entire backyard, or chewing up everything in sight! Positive only training is not only a positive experience for the dog, but for the owner as well.