About Dog On It Training & Grooming
Dog On It’s trainers are dedicated to helping owners have better behaved dogs by using humane, reward-based methods that are backed by science and making sure that no dog is harmed, physically or mentally, in the process.
Our Fear Free certified groomers always have your pet’s best interests in mind. Dog On It’s staff members are trained to recognize stress signals given by pets that may go unnoticed normally. We want to help your pet have as close to a stress free grooming experience as possible.
Meet Our Team
Our dedicated staff consists of trainers, groomers and other professionals who have your dog’s best interests at heart.
Lia Fricke, CPDT-KA Owner/Trainer
Lia is one of the owners and the head trainer of Dog On It. She has been training dogs for over 13 years and has experience working with a variety of breeds. Continuing her education on a regular basis is a priority to her, as is making sure that training is fun for both dog and owner. She is dedicated to the humane treatment of animals, and focuses on strengthening the human-animal bond through training. Lia is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), Fear Free Certified, an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and a Therapy Dog Evaluator through K9 to 5 National Therapy Dog Agency. She lives in Grovetown, GA with her husband Eric, son Arlo, and their two dogs, Brit and Opie.
Tiana O’Neill Owner
Tiana’s goal has always been to have a career working with animals. By the age of 12 she was pet sitting for friends and family and by 16 she began working at a pet store. She enjoyed working in pet retail but wanted to explore other career paths in the pet industry. Over the years she has worked at dog daycares, grooming facilities, and veterinary clinics, developing a strong understanding of the industry as a whole and the best and most ethical ways to provide services for our pets.
Nicole Corley Groomer
Nicole was born and raised in South Carolina. She grew up around wolf dogs and horses and spent most of her summers working at horse farms in Kentucky. She spends her free time on her farm collecting rocks and crystals, reading, rescuing reptiles, and spending time with her daughter and fiancé . Most of Nicole’s animals are rescues as her and her fiancé are active in rescuing and fostering pets.
Theresa Kelly Trainer
Theresa is an engineer who moved to the US from Austria. Growing up there, she was exposed to positive reinforcement training methods from a young age. as aversive equipment is illegal in Austria. Inspired by her dad who also trains dogs, she gained experience working with a variety of dog breeds, especially French and Belgian Shepherds. Theresa owns Tucker, a Chocolate Lab, and Flynn, a Carolina Dog mix, who are an inseparable duo. She is certified through CATCH Canine Trainers Academy and her motto is “Why do I work with dogs? Because I speak their language and I would love to teach you too!”.
Samantha Jimenez Receptionist/Groomer’s Assistant
Growing up, Sam’s family always called her Dr. Doolittle because of her love for animals of all different shapes and sizes. Her home has always always been filled with pets including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, hamsters, and gecko. She even petsat turtles over school vacations. Sam is an Augustan native who’s passions are music, upcycling, and spending time with other people’s pets!
Sonja Tate Trainer
Sonja grew up having close relationships with her dogs and has never been without a canine companion. In 2015, she wanted to know what it was about the human-canine relationship that helped her rescue dog Lucy know what she was asking without having been formally trained. She started studying how service dogs are taught and researching positive reinforcement methods specifically. By the time she got her first German Shepherd, Elsa, she was convinced that positive reinforcement was the best way to maintain and grow her relationships with her dogs and started working with Lia. Five years and two more dogs later, training is Sonja’s favorite part of the day. Currently, Sonja lives with two cats (Squeaky and Junebug), two German Shepherds (Elsa and Arthur) and a Belgian Malinois (Rocco), all rescues. While she trains with all of the dogs, Rocco keeps her especially busy, training in bite sports, and more recently dock diving. Sonja is working toward passing her exam to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA).
Phillip Edwards-Russum Trainer
Phillip got his start in training a little over 9 years ago teaching in a retail setting which spring boarded him into a training school program at Animal Behavior College. Over that time he’s worked with hundreds of dogs in the CSRA in both group classes and private lessons. Phillip is an animal lover with 3 dogs; Starbuck the border collie mix, Opal the Chihuahua, Ilyena the Pharaoh hound and 2 cats; Tytus and Typhoid. Between training and spending time with his family Phillip is studying for his second certification, Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed through CCPDT this fall.
Kristyne Fern Trainer/Dog Walker
Kristyne is a trainer at Dog On It who is enrolled in the CATCH dog training program. She is passionate about all things animals! She started at Dog On It as a client but quickly fell in love with how positive reinforcement training helped her and her own dogs so she decided to make a career switch and devote her time to working with dogs in a more professional setting. Kristyne loves to spend her free time working on tricks and obedience training, hiking and playing board games. She lives in Grovetown with her husband, 6 dogs (Achilles, Ollie, Maverick, Goose, Luca, and Graham) and 3 cats (Finn, River, and Willow).
Becky McArdle Training Apprentice
Becky has been living in the Augusta area since 1975 and there has never been a time in her life when she hasn’t had pets.Becky’s first experience with positive reinforcement dog training was in 2013 when she adopted a Lab puppy and she’s been hooked ever since! Nine years later, she still enjoys training with both of her dogs, along with her grand dog, Baylor. She’s certified in pet CPR and First Aid and is currently enrolled in the CATCH training program working towards her first training certification. She lives in Martinez with her husband of 34 years, Sean, and their two dogs, Bruno and Daisy. they have two grown children and one grandson.