Meet Our Trainers

Samantha Ashby

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Samantha Ashby has always had a passion for dogs. During college at the College of Charleston, she began by entering her Labrador Retriever in dock diving competitions. She earned the Professional Certified Trainer certification from National K9 where she learned about many facets of dog training.  She has experience training police K9s and handlers in detection. She and her German Shepherd, Kai, are certified in explosives detection. She has experience being an instructor for trainers in obedience & behavior and detection courses. 

Lauren Daylami

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Lauren Daylami has been working with dogs since the age of fifteen starting out as an Assistant in a veterinary hospital. Her interest in training grew throughout college while shadowing a hunting dog trainer and continued after completing graduate school at The Citadel in Charleston. She began working with military and police K9s and handlers in trailing and detection. As a result of this style of training, she developed a passion for obedience and behavior. Her hobbies include participating in dock diving competitions with her Labrador Retriever, Calhoun.

Simms Wilbanks

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Simms Wilbanks has been working with dogs since she was in high school as a kennel technician. She earned the Professional Certified Trainer certification from National K9 where she learned about many facets of dog training. She has experience training police K9s and handlers in trailing and detection. She and her Belgium Malinois, Czabin, are certified in explosives detection and work at Charleston Port Authority. Czabin is also recognized as the bat dog for Charleston's baseball team, The Riverdogs.