Speaker and Clinician Profiles – 2022
Look for updates later this year for 2023
The most important part of the World of Pets Expo is the educational aspect, we pride ourselves in giving back to the pet and animal community by creating a forum for experts in the pet field to speak and teach our attendees.
We hand select the best and most experienced pet and animal professionals in a variety of fields and specialties. From pet massage therapists, training and behavior specialists, animal lawyers, to veterinarians and animal surgeons, there is something to interest and educate everyone. We feel as though our speakers are a cornerstone to our event and that they bring to the tables years of combined expertise and knowledge that only enhances the Pet Expo Experience.
|Melinda Moss, Trainer, AKC Evaluator, APDT Certified|
|Melinda Moss, Owner and Head Instructor of M Squared Dog Training, LLC, has been a lifelong trainer for both equines and canines. She has a storied history of training Thoroughbred racehorses as well as Foxhunting and competing Hunter Jumpers and Dressage horses. She has owned and trained many dogs throughout her lifetime including Rottweilers, Jack Russell Terriers, Cocker Spaniels, mixed breeds and currently owns/breeds and competes Australian Shepherds. Her love of the Australian Shepherd grew from her first rescue Aussie in 1996 with which she trained and competed obedience and agility. Thanks to her first Aussie “Hershey” her love of the breed has flourished to where she now breeds, trains and competes a very fast working line of Australian Shepherd dogs. Melinda has earned Championship titles on her M Squared dogs at the highest levels in Obedience and Agility and successfully competes at many regional and national agility events.
Melinda is known for teaching strong foundational skills which give her dogs amazing success in the agility ring. She uses shaping behaviors, games and positive reinforcement to instill confidence and competence in both dogs and handlers, helping each team bring out their best to achieve their goals. She truly enjoys the successes of her students, always encouraging them to do their best and try something new. Her training classes are fun, engaging and she often invents new ways to train or teach a new skill.
Melinda brings her love, patience and enthusiasm for training to all the dogs she works with. Her lifelong training background gives her the advantage of innate ability to read and predict a dog’s body language and behavior thus easily adapting training techniques to suite any dog’s personality.
Melinda has developed M Squared Dog Training’s program to teach dogs and owners of any age/breed and/or level through fun games that anyone can play making dog training fun for both dog and handler. Training games are taught with operant conditioning and science based training for real world results. Whether you have an experienced agility partner, want to grow your relationship with your dog, start a new puppy or have an amazingly well behaved family pet, M Squared’s training program has something for everyone.
Interactive Canine Area – MSquaredDogTraining – Daily Schedule – Click here
|Ashleigh Bryant, Best Friends Furever|
|Best Friends Fur Ever is a state-of-the-art doggie daycare and overnight resort with locations in Joppa and Cockeysville, MD. The Best Friends Fur Ever family of dog care facilities provides resort-style daycare and vacations for dogs, by combining homelike amenities and loving attention with recreational activity. Our 20,000 square foot facility is custom-designed to meet and exceed all kennel industry standards. We care for special needs dogs that include puppies, post-surgical or medical care as well as geriatric dogs.|
|Founded by two educators and eight other individuals who were interested in reintroducing the equine experience to Baltimore City. Accessible and affordable horsemanship should be a part of Baltimore City. The youth of the City deserve the opportunity to develop, learn and be wowed by beauty and power of horses. With that in mind, they formed City Ranch as a 501c3 non profit to focus on the outcome of building positive character. On February 1, 2020, they will begin their 13th year.
Find them at www.thecityranch.org
City Ranch will conduct educational interactive talks all weekend long in our Horse Edu area.
|Laura Cassiday is a certified cat behavior consultant living in Baltimore, MD with her husband and their eight cats. She brings to the table many years of experience working with cats in rescue and shelter settings, including the Behavior and Training department at Maryland SPCA. She also owns her own private cat behavior and training business, Pawsitive Vibes Cat Behavior & Training. Laura’s mission as an active member of the animal welfare community in Baltimore is to improve the lives of cats and their people with the ultimate goal of keeping cats in their homes and out of shelters.|
|Matt and Dan Strong, Sit Means Sit|
|Matt – As far back as I can remember I was helping my Dad train his German Short Haired Pointers in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Since that time I’ve owned numerous dogs and breeds! In 2019 I was working a corporate job in the energy/technology sector. I was going through security at the Atlanta airport and literally ran into Fred Hassen and Alfredo Rivera, the Founders of Sit Means Sit. After doing some research I realized these guys were the best of the best. January 2nd of 2020, my boss called and said they were eliminating my position. That day we decided to jump in with both feet and open our Sit Means Sit Dog Training franchise. I completed training and certification through Sit Means Sit with Fred Hassen the CEO and Founder in March of 2020!|
|Dan – I came to work at Sit Means Sit after months of discussions with my brother Matthew. We would have long conversations as his journey was about to begin. We wanted to be closer to family and my brother Matthew offered me the opportunity to work with him at Sit Means Sit. December of 2020 I made the leap and started commuting from NC to Maryland every week. Finally, after over 15 years my brother and I were reunited and working together in a business we both love! My love for dogs and my family makes every day so rewarding. We have an amazing team and do everything we can for our clients and employees.|
|Shorty Rossi, Pit Boss|
|Keynote Speaker, Pit Bull Rescuer/Activist, Motivational Speaker, Cigar Rights Activist, Talent Manager, Cigar Blender, Author, Producer, Wine Lover, World Traveler, Cigar Lover, United 1K Member.Shorty landed his first job in show business at Universal Studios Hollywood as “Alvin” for an Alvin and the Chipmunks stage show. Since then, he has appeared in several commercials and worked on several movies such as “The Grinch” with Jim Carrey; “The Kid” with Bruce Willis; “Call Me Clause” with Whoopie Goldberg; and “ShowTime” and “Daddy Day Care” with Eddie Murphy, among others. He’s appeared on dozens of TV shows and has performed live in theatre for years. Shorty took on another huge endeavor, forming Shorty’s Pit Bull Rescue, a second business which rescues, rehabilitates and places neglected and abused pit bulls in loving, nurturing homes.|
|Michael J. Soler|
|Michael J Soler is the owner and Master Dog Trainer of Blue Line K-9 located in Harford County MD. In the past twelve years Michael has helped over three thousand dogs and their families develop better relationships through training and canine based activities. He focuses on dogs’ natural desires to please their people and uses proven methods across a wide variety of platforms to ensure a consistent and desired outcome based on each individual family’s unique needs.
Michael developed his own unique training methods, based on proven psychology methods such as classical conditioning. He especially enjoys working with working dogs and was honored to share a portion of his Police officer career with a very special partner, Canine Sam.
His own experiences and challenges as a Marine Corps Veteran, Police Officer, Police K9 Officer, Father and Husband has driven Michael to learn, apply and share his experiences with others. He has impacted the lives of thousands of individuals as well as their canine companions through both Blue Line K-9 and his police service to his community. Michael has partnered with Best Friends Fur Ever building a canine enrichment program, board “n” train programs allowing us help more families.
|Rebecca Sponseller, Hawks Hollow Farm / Baltimore City Schools|
|Rebecca has been teaching in Baltimore City Public Schools for over 20 years. After a particularly difficult school year and her daughter’s autism diagnosis, she realized that she needed to come up with a healthy stress release. She decided to get back into horseback riding.
She found Hawks Hollow Farm to be a safe, fun, children and family friendly place. It was an environment where her daughter could safely run free and interact with animals and people. She realized the farm and the animals were giving Zoe an opportunity to interact with lots of unfamiliar people. Rebecca decided to purchase a therapy pony for Zoe to take out into the community to help her have more opportunities to interact with strangers and to talk about her pony. She then realized that many of her students would also benefit from the opportunity to spend time with animals and on a farm and decided to create a partnership between Hawks Hollow and Lakeland Elementary /Middle. Lakeland students come out to visit the farm and animals are transported to the school for both educational and therapeutic purposed. Hawks Hollow hopes to be able to reach out to more schools and give students.