K9 Connection Staff
Kim Kocol – Training Lead – Board and Train, Private Lessons, Group Classes
Chris Russell – Training Lead – Board and Train, Private Lessons, Group Classes
Tracy Woodruff – Trainer – Private Lessons, Group Classes
Tracy’s childhood dog was a German Shepherd named Sarge, and as a quiet, shy kid, all of her time was spent with him! This is where her love of dog training began–as well as horses, cats, the kitchen sink! After an apprenticeship at K9 Connection in 2015-16, Tracy took time off to learn and came back to us as a CGC Certified Evaluator, currently studying for the Canine Fitness Certification, and has plans to become a TDI Evaluator. Right now, Tracy has her working rough collie I Know You Ryder, a black mouth cur Tennessee Jed, a redbone coonhound mix Scarlet Begonias, and a part-time doodle named Hudson. Throw two cats, Hank and Ernie, into the mix, and there ya go! Specializing in private lessons and group classes, Tracy loves helping to put the puzzle pieces together when it comes to your relationship with your dog!
Jay Margarucci – Trainer – Board and Train, Private Lessons
Jay’s working-line German Shepherd dog, Buck, competes in PSA, NACSW Scent Work, and NASDA Shed hunting. He is titled in the AKC Good Citizen program, NACSW Scent Work, Brewery Manners Dog program, and is an ongoing participant of the Harvard University Canine Brains Project – a study observing the brain structure and cognition of specialized working dogs. When not working or competing, Buck and I love going hiking, camping, and hanging out at home with our wide array of other pets.
Coy Treat – Enrichment Daycare Lead
Ray joined the K9 Connection Enrichment Team as a first step in his career in dog training. He knew that working with dogs in our structured program and the mentoring of our trainers would be a strong start his education in balanced training and dog leadership. Ray’s previous experience as a dog walker and his confidence in handling dogs of all types made him a great fit for our team! Ray is an avid sports fan and has recently started training in the martial arts. Ray loves the outdoors and he and his Presa Canario, Kali enjoy hiking all over the WNY area.
Liz Soltren – Client Care and Administrative Lead
Liz comes to us with many years experience in the pet care world. From grooming to veterinary administration, she has experience in several aspects of the business making her a great add to our team! In addition to being our primary point of contact for new and existing clients, she is also involved in helping in all parts of the business. Liz also brings both of her dogs, Tootie and Cleo (pictured), with her to work almost everyday to help welcome clients and there dogs.
Ashley Majewski – Groomer / Client Care and Administrative Assistant
Ashley has been grooming dogs of all breeds and sizes for over 17 years. In addition to being an awesome groomer, she is an indispensable part of our client care and administrative team. She loves what she does and enjoys working in an environment where she is continually learning. Ashley and her daughter, Lyric, enjoy hiking and being outdoors. They also have a cat named “Taco flavored kisses”. Ashley is pictured here with Liz’s other dog, Tootie.