About Our Staff
Owner and Head Trainer
Ashley has always had a passion for working with animals and was a dog owner long before she became a certified professional dog trainer. She has worked and volunteered in veterinary offices and animal shelters.
Ashley spent 18 years as an upper elementary school teacher. In 2016, she took a break from teaching and worked for a law enforcement dog training facility on Edisto Island, SC. There, she learned about National K9 Dog Trainer School.
In 2017, Ashley earned her Certified Professional Dog Trainer Certification from National K9, and in 2018, she started Paws On Learning's daytime board and train facility.
Over the last few years, Ashley has attended the International Association of Canine Professionals conference in Florida, Puppy Potential Workshop in North Carolina, and Hope Service Dogs Service Dog Training Seminar in Florida.
She utilizes her years as a professional teacher and her formal education and experience training dogs to help people in the Hilton Head, Bluffton, Beaufort, Savannah area reach their dog's potential.
Alma has worked with dogs since she was 16. As a kennel tech at Brookes Bed and Biscuit, a kennel and dog rescue, she spent time with both dogs that were boarding and those that were surrendered and up for adoption. She learned a lot about reading dogs’ behavior and how to socialize them, as well as distributing meds and overall proper care. Whenever she had the opportunity, Alma fostered dogs and puppies while they waited to be adopted.