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Carrie Kessler, CPDT-KA

Carrie Kessler


Carrie Kessler attended her first dog training class at age 10 and has engaged in continuing education in the field ever since.

Carrie began volunteering at the Little Rock Animal Services shelter in 2004, working with the dogs to make them more adoptable. In 2006, she began training her own dogs in agility, studying under Lisa Mantle, and in 2009, she began training dogs professionally, specializing in basic obedience and “family manners.”

Carrie has attended several dog training workshops, seminars and courses,  studying under Dr. Patricia McConnell, Dana Crevling, Pia Silvanti, Sue Sternberg, Jane Kopelman, Brenda Aloff and Steve Wilson to name a few.

In 2010, she completed the Instructor Training Course in New York offered by Dogs of Course.

In 2011, she attended a week-long course in Georgia for K-9 Nose Work and also attended the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Conference in San Diego, Calif.

She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and is currently studying for my Professional Dog Trainer certification.  

“My training methods focus on positive reinforcement and honor each dog as an individual,” Carrie said.

In addition to her dog training interests, Carrie trained horses professionally from 1979 to 1986.

Carrie can be reached at

 Vynn Stuart

 Vynn Stuart - Trainer

Vynn Stuart
Vynn Stuart has been involved in working with and training dogs for approximately 45 years. She started out as a Veterinarian Technician in the late 1960s. This is when she first began teaching obedience and showing dogs in some of the local Kennel Club Dog Shows. Vynn always had a dog or dogs as pets while growing up. In the mid seventies, her and her husband farmed and ranched & had the opportunity to train cattle dogs to help in the round ups. Vynn also broke and trained horses during this time to be used on the ranch and also for team roping, barrel racing, cutting and other rodeo events.
Vynn began teaching obedience and working dog classes in the mid 1980s for the 4-H clubs. She then had the opportunity to train to the public these obedience classes which led to working with a couple of Sheriff’s offices training dogs for Search and Rescue.

Vynn has been training these type dogs for over 20 years now and is still doing this. Her dogs are called out from many law enforcement agencies in many surrounding states to assist in trying to locate missing persons, drowned victims, murdered victims and lost persons.
Her dogs work a lot of drowning and cold cases in the surrounding area.

She & her dogs are Nationally Certified in Cadaver, Land and Water,  and Live Area Search.

Vynn currently teaches obedience classes to the public and has private classes to teach handlers and their dogs to train for search and rescue. She is a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the American Kennel Club  and an evaluator for the National Search Dog Alliance in the disciplines of Land and Water Cadaver.

Vynn believes in working in positive manner and always making training and working as much fun as possible for the dogs. Vynn says, “It is lot of hard work & takes a big commitment but this is my life and I love every minute of it.”  Vynn is proud to be part of the Paws in Prison program.

Vynn can be reached by phone: 1 (903) 826-5094 or by emailing


Pamela Padgett

 Pamela Padgett

Pamela Padgett
Pamela Padgett is the proud owner of four German Shepherd Dogs. She and her dogs have earned over 50 titles in the past five years in conformation, obedience, rally obedience, schutzhund, barn hunt, and agility.

She is the owner of and primary trainer for Conway Canine Companions where she teaches AKC STAR Puppy classes, Canine Good Citizen, Beginners Obedience, Rally Obedience (all three levels), therapy dog clinics, and conformation handling. She is the only Therapy Dogs International evaluator in Arkansas.

She is currently employed by Conway Anesthesia Consultants as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. She plans to retire from the US Army Reserves in April 2015. "I am delighted to be training in the Paws in Prison Program and look forward to the challenge!"

Pamela can be contacted by text at (501) 733-9831 or email at


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