Dog Training - Sit n' Stay Pet Services

Meet Our Trainers

Kim Sauer - Dog Training

Kim Sauer, CPDT-KA, PTI

Kim Sauer's fascination with dog training took off in 1997 when she started assisting a local trainer in exchange for helping her with her own aggressive dog. Her interest grew as she learned how much she loved working with animals and enjoyed seeing the transformation in both the dogs and the owners. Kim first earned her certificate from Animal Behavior College in January 2002 becoming an ABC Certified Dog Trainer and then later became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) in March of 2006. She is also an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and AKC STAR Puppy Evaluator. After several years of experience, Kim became an ABC Mentor Trainer and also a CATCH Dog Training Program Mentor Trainer and is now helping others to realize their dream of becoming a dog trainers! Kim became a PetTech Pet First Aid Instructor back in 2006 and in 2012 became a Mentor Trainer with PetTech, helping others to become PetTech Instructors as well.

Kim's specialty is working with families owning pets who plan to bring a baby into the household. She was the Trainer for Erie County's SPCA Baby Ready Pets Program for 7 years, the Erie County's SPCA Teaching Love and Compassion Program (TLC) to inner city at-risk youth program for 5 years, the Erie County's SPCA Paws for Love Therapy Dog Program Evaluator for several years is a current Licensed Educator for the Dogs & Storks Program and the Dog and Toddlers Program, which are programs from Family Paws which are for households with dogs who are expecting to families with children up to 3 years.

Kim has had the privilege to learn from many great instructors both locally and internationally, and attends seminars and workshops to continue learning. Kim credits most of her education to her own dogs - Blaze, Nigel, Greta, Coop and the many cats and sugar gliders she has shared her home with. Kim believes that every animal (and human), comes into your life to teach you something, even if you don't think you want to know more about that topic! Kim offers group classes, private lessons, behavior consults and training, pet first aid programs, dog bite preventions, education programs and many packages including online and Skype meetings.

Dave Alfano

David’s journey into dog obedience training began With training his two-year-old misbehaving pup, Marley. Some of his family and close friends were impressed enough with the results that they asked him to work with their dogs. From here, David developed a passion for bringing the best out of every dog.

He has continued that passion under the tutelage of Kim Sauer and is preparing to earn his CPDT credentials.

Melissa Staniszewski

Melissa is one of our Dog Trainers as well as a Pet Sitter, certified in Dog Training through Animal Behavior College. She has an 11 year old little girl, whom she has passed on her love of animals. Melissa says, "We have 4 dogs, 4 cats and 2 birds that make our home very happy and full of laughs and love!

Melissa teaches classes weekly and also does private lessons. She says,"I really enjoy being able to help owners not only train their dogs, but also to help them understand how the training works and why!” Melissa is also a volunteer for Buddy’s Second Chance Rescue, and has worked with many rescue dogs, helping the new owners understand what to expect while the dogs are decompressing, and further helping with any behavior/manner issues. Not knowing the rescue dogs past can be a challenge, but Melissa reassures them that with consistent training, many great things are possible!

Melissa shares, “In addition, Pet Sitting and Dog Walking allows me to meet so many people and their animals, which makes me look forward to work everyday! I know how important it is to be able to trust the safety and well being of a pet to someone, and being that person makes my job the best! I treat every animal I meet like they were my own! It doesn't get any better than spending my days with so many great animals!”


Patricia Melerski

Pat has always had a passion and respect for animals.  Her strong conviction that the relationship with your dog is based on mutual love and respect, has always been central in her life. Her passion to be a professional dog trainer started when she was 10 years old, but had to wait until the time was right.  Pat started building the foundation as a professional dog trainer in 2009 with her sheltie “Erin”, while still working in the corporate world.  The team sport of agility is where she chose to start. Erin educated Pat about the “dog’s perspective” on training, which changed her forever.  “Having fun” now became the central theme to her training philosophy in all venues, and the passion for team dog sports was born! Pat has had the opportunity to learn from many instructors through her agility experience, but says she has always learned the most from her own dogs and other dogs that have crossed her path during her lifetime.  

Pat finally retired from the corporate world in 2012, and training for hunt tests with her Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever “Nia”, was added to her training repertoire.  Her business attire changed from heels and suits, to camouflage and boots.  Pat trained her Toller for agility, field, canine good citizen, trick dog, and therapy dog certification.  Pat credits Nia, with teaching her patience, sensitivity, and how to “speak dog” due to her exceptionally soft personality.  Nia enjoys her “duckies”, doing tricks, and bringing a smile to the resident faces at facilities located in Olean, N.Y.  Pat added another Toller puppy to the family in 2018, named Tallie.  Tallie is already surpassing Nia in her energy and eagerness to learn, earning her AKC novice trick dog title at 6 months of age! 

In 2018, Pat started working toward getting her CPDT certification with Kim Sauer, owner of Sit n’ Stay Pet Services, as her mentor.  Pat and Nia also volunteer their time helping the owners of adopted rescue and shelter dogs with socialization, and rebuilding of the canine-human bond.  Pat started her own dog training business in 2018, and is currently offering private and group classes in Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Pat is dedicated to doing what is best for the dog, and you will hear her frequently say, “It’s all about the dog”.