Meet the Trainers
Cherie Inherited Some of Her Connection With Animals From
Her Mom and her Aunt
Cherie Maitland - Training Director, Behavior Specialist, trainer, prior Pet Partners and Lend a Heart
Therapy Dog Team, CGC Evaluator, and owner of Our Furry Friends since 1999 - is an animal lover
and educator from way back. She moved to California from Vermont in 1984.  Her varied work
background includes personal coaching and counseling, small business management, accounting,
teaching and running kids after-school and summer camp programs.  

Cherie began working with dogs at the SPCA as a volunteer in the 1980's on the California Coast.  
In the early 1990's she was introduced to the world of humane horse handling and Natural
Horsemanship.  It made so much sense to Cherie to train and guide a horse by understanding their
point-of-view, that she sought out people who were doing the same thing with dogs.  She assisted
with dog training classes, behavior problem appointments and went back to the shelter as a
volunteer adoption counselor and dog handler.  She studied and trained with a variety of other
trainers from a wide range of philosophies. After adopting a "problem" dog, (who became the
wonderful dog you might have known as Pepper,) Cherie needed the behavioral expertise of several
local, prominent trainers. After years of studying with and assisting other trainers, and working with
dogs at the shelter, Our Furry Friends was born in 1999 in Santa Cruz, California.

Cherie helps families teach their dogs to be well-behaved members of the family.  She teaches
effective and humane methods for basic obedience and a wide variety of other types of classes
including Agility For Fun, Training for Therapy Dog Visits, Helping the Cautious Canine, Feisty Fido and
more.  Ms. Maitland also offers classes to help people prepare to take and pass the AKC Canine Good
Citizen Test. Cherie is also an approved AKC CGC evaluator. Cherie helps with more serious
problems including fearfulness, anxiety, aggression towards people, dogs and cats, nuisance barking,
and safety with kids and dogs.  She hails more from the new school of training, incorporating learning
theory and understanding canine psychology (see
Philosophy & Methods) to teach people to be
great dog owners, handlers and leaders. When needed, other approaches are incorporated, because
she believes that there is often something valuable to learn from most approaches and that flexibility
and tailoring methods to a specific owner, dog and situation is crucial. Cherie's instincts about what
people and their dogs need to be a better team, combined with her practical knowledge and
step-by-step teaching style is extremely effective.
Rehabilitating homeless and "problem" dogs for 16 years, and another 17 years professionally
teaching people to get better cooperation from their pets . . . plus working dogs in group and
private classes has given Alan an "inside" perspective on problem behaviors and their resolution.

With a faith-based passion for helping people reach their highest goals, an abiding love for  dogs,
and a gift for "modeling" their inner life, Alan empowers pet owners to get the cooperative pets
and working partners that they dream of.

With a deep understanding of the ways that dogs communicate and learn, Alan coaches his
clients to "behave so your dog 'gets' it!"

Alan has been active in Champion Class conformation competition in the United Kennel Club
(UKC), as well as conformation and ranch trails in the National Association of Louisiana
Catahoulas (NALC)
,with his prize-winning Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog, Ch. El Dorado's
Whoa Nellie, has also served as Judge for conformation and obedience competition in the
,and is a Certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.

Alan currently lives in Diamond Springs CA with his wife Diane and their Toy Poodle Ginger, and
has trained Ginger as Diane's Hearing Alert Service Dog.
Communication Specialist
Alan St.Andrew
Training With Respect & Understanding
Training Director, Owner &
Behavior Specialist
Cherie River Maitland
She now lives in the Sierra
Foothills with her beloved dogs,
and cats, and her 3 horses, live on
a nearby ranch. Over the years,
Cherie has taken 4 dogs through
the process of becoming
Registered Therapy Dogs, and
one of her dogs is now her
Registered Service Dog to help
her with her anxiety of flying and
her heart condition.

Contact her to discuss your dog(s)
and your training needs and get
started on an educational and
satisfying experience with
Furry Friends.