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 staff are trained to identify stress signals pets give, which would usually go unnoticed. 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 15 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. Dedicated to the humane treatment of animals, she focuses on strengthening the human-animal bond through training. Lia is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator as well as a Therapy Dog Evaluator and handler. She lives in Grovetown, GA with her child, Arlo, and their dog 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. Today, Tiana lives in Maryland with her husband and their 3 children. She is earning her bachelor’s degree in Pre-Veterinary medicine at the University of Maryland and plans to apply to Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

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 children and husband. Most of Nicole’s animals are rescues as her and her husband are active in rescuing and fostering pets.

Amanda Rosales Groomer

Amanda was born and raised in Michigan and grew up on a farm. She is stationed here in Augusta with her husband and has four children ranging from college to middle school. She also has two Great Danes, a Shephard-Pit mix, and two cats. She has been a pet groomer for twelve years and loves working with all animals!

Samantha Jimenez Receptionist/Groomer’s Assistant

Growing up, Sam’s family always called her Dr. Doolittle. This was because of her love for animals of all different shapes and sizes. Sam’s home has always had a plethora of pets including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, hamsters, and gecko. She even petsat turtles over school vacations. Sam is an Augustan native whose passions are music, upcycling, and spending time with other people’s pets! She lives with her partner (John), Leopard Gecko (Bernadette), and rescue cat (Donald).

Theresa Kelly, CCDT Trainer

Theresa is an engineer who moved to the US from Austria. She became 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 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 (CCDT) and her motto is “Why do I work with dogs? Because I speak their language and I would love to teach you too!”.

Sonja Tate, CPDT-KA Trainer

Sonja grew up having close relationships with dogs and has never been without a canine companion. In 2015, she became interested in what it was about the human-canine relationship that helped her rescue dog, Lucy, recognize what she was asking without having formal training. She started researching training methods, specifically positive reinforcement. When she got her first German Shepherd, Elsa, she began working with Lia after becoming convinced that positive reinforcement was the best way to maintain and grow her relationships with her dogs. Two more dogs later, training is Sonja’s favorite part of the day! Currently, Sonja lives with cats Squeaky and Junebug, two German Shepherds (Elsa and Arthur) and a Belgian Malinois (Rocco), all rescues. While she trains with all the dogs, Rocco keeps her especially busy, training in bite sports and dock diving. Sonja is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA).

Becky McArdle Dog Walker/Training Apprentice

Becky has lived in the Augusta area since 1975. There has never been a time in her life when she did not have pets! Becky’s first experience with positive reinforcement training occurred in 2013 when she adopted a Lab puppy, and she has never looked back! later, she still enjoys training with both of her dogs, along with her grand dog, Baylor. She is currently working toward her first training certificate through the CATCH program. Becky’s most recent accomplishment is becoming certified in pet CPR and First Aid. She lives in Martinez with her husband, Sean, and their two dogs, Daisy and Cooper. They have two grown children and one grandson.

Kayleigh Raposa, KPA-CPT Trainer

Kayleigh found her passion for animals and training at a young age on the farm she grew up on. She would do “training walks” with her Labradors every morning before school, set up pretend agility courses in her backyard, and spent hours on end training her horses for shows. As an adult she began working in an animal shelter in Virginia and her dreams of making training a career became reality. She went through the Karen Pryor Academy Professional Dog Trainer course and dived into behavior modification work with the dogs at the shelter while also teaching group classes for dogs and their owners. Kayleigh moved to Georgia in 2023 with her husband, toddler, and small zoo (dog, cat, and horse). She loves helping pets and their owners become more confident in each other while helping them reach their training goals.

Elizabeth Davis Groomer’s Assistant/Dog Walker

Elizabeth has always enjoyed having animals in her life! She is a Harlem native who received her vet assistant certification in 2022. She has been working with animals for as long as she has been able to work! Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family, her boyfriend McKenzie and participating in training classes with her dog, Hudson.

Elizabeth has always enjoyed having animals in her life! She is a Harlem native who received her vet assistant certification in 2022. She has been working with animals for as long as she has been able to work! Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family, her boyfriend McKenzie and participating in training classes with her dog, Hudson.