Our Team

Good Dog Paws is proud to count passionate, experienced, highly trained, and committed people among our staff! Everyone in our team is willing and eager to help you and your dog get the happy, healthy, and meaningful relationship that you deserve. Our mission is to help dog owners and surrounding areas get dogs that are fully capable of behaving well and following commands in real-world situations.

With the right training and support, any dog can reach their full potential. At Good Dog Paws, you’ll have access to an excellent facility with all of the necessary equipment and housing for your dog’s needs and staff members that have the passion and drive to transform your dog into the best version of themselves. We also believe in getting dog owners involved while training their dogs to strengthen communication and trust between them.

After all, we want to make sure that the positive changes that our training ingrained in the dogs left in our care will last a lifetime.

Good Dog Paws is proud to count passionate, experienced, highly trained, and committed people among our staff! Everyone in our team is willing and eager to help you and your dog get the happy, healthy, and meaningful relationship that you deserve. Our mission is to help dog owners in Greencastle and surrounding areas get dogs that are fully capable of behaving well and following commands in real-world situations.

With the right training and support, any dog can reach their full potential. At Good Dog Paws, you’ll have access to an excellent facility with all of the necessary equipment and housing for your dog’s needs and staff members that have the passion and drive to transform your dog into the best version of themselves. We also believe in getting dog owners involved while training their dogs to strengthen communication and trust between them.

After all, we want to make sure that the positive changes that our training ingrained in the dogs left in our care will last a lifetime.

Meet Our Trainers

Helen Carlson

Helen Carlson is the owner and founder of Good Dog Paws. She started her dog training journey when she was 12 years old. She’s also heavily involved with Nolan-Carlson Canine LLC, which includes Agility by Carlson, her husband’s business that sells dog training equipment.

Helen’s experience includes competition obedience and agility training, owning her own kennel, and running a doggie daycare and training facility. Her favorite part about being a dog trainer is discovering what dogs can do and seeing dog owners and their furry best friends working together in harmony.

Helen favors a quiet training style and that combines both fun and focus when handling dogs. Along with Good Dog Paw’s highly qualified and experienced trainers, she works with owners to rehabilitate or train dogs to overcome their fears, lack of confidence, or undesirable behaviors.Along with everyone at Good Dog Paws, Helen believes that building strong communication and respect between owners and their dogs is the first step to a healthy and fulfilling relationship.

Kami Emerick

Kami Emerick is an accomplished dog trainer at Good Dog Paws. Having grown up working with animals from a very young age, she has a few years of experience as a pharmacy technician under her belt, but her compassion for dogs set her on the dog training path when she first acquired a genetically-unstable puppy.

Through that experience of learning how to manage its quirks to visiting local shelters to study other dogs’ behavior, Kami’s relentless drive to ensure the best care for canines is second to none.From there, it was an easy leap from studying breed characteristics to all-out dog training through the numerous training seminars she’s attended.

With over 6 years of dog training experience, Kami can and has successfully handled all sorts of dogs.Her passion, however, shines the most when she trains service dogs. She loves being able to help handlers build a strong, lifetime relationship with their dogs–especially those that really need them.

Meet Our Staff

LYNN WELSH

Lynn Welsh is the highly proficient dog groomer for Good Dog Paws. She has four dogs that she’s been grooming for about 13 years now, but she has been a professional dog groomer for almost a year and a half when she decided to enroll in Hagerstown Community College for a degree in Professional Pet Grooming.

She has also earned a certificate in Hair & Skin maintenance for dogs and cats, handling special needs dogs, and puppy handling. Lynn likes to keep the dogs happy by giving them a lot of praise, patience, attention, and a treat every now and then. When she’s working with them, she uses a calm voice and plenty of pets to help them relax.

HEATHER PRIEST

Kennel Assistant and Receptionist

Heather has been working at Good Dog Paws for three years and would like to be a veterinary technician. She went to FCC TC, in Chambersburg for a year and a half and she’s a certified veterinary assistant.

She grew up on a farm with lots of animals. She made sure that they were exercising, being fed, doing happy group plays. She also ensured that they were not nervous or anxious. Heather loves running with the dogs, getting to know their personality, and often interacting with them because they’re all different.

HEIDI HADE

Kennel Technician

Heidi has worked at Good Dog Paws as a kennel technician since May of 2019. She also works part-time as a pet sitter/dog walker and she volunteers once a week at a local shelter. She has been with the company almost every single day for two and a half years. She loves dogs with a zest for life, like they just they don't have a care in the world except playing and having fun.

A lot of the time, dogs make Heidi happy when they’re just running around being silly. She likes to help them relax. What she likes to do is play some music for them, which helps. Heidi is partial to Chocolate Labs. She also has a Border Collie-Golden Retriever mix.

BELLE METZ

Kennel Assistant

Belle Metz has been working at Good Dog Paws for about a year and a half and has been working with carrier dogs her entire life. She likes to take the dogs out to the field, whether it be group play or one on one, to play fetch and have fun.

She loves that no matter what kind of day she’s having, the dogs are always excited to see her, cheering her up. Belle loves meeting all the new dogs and learning their personalities and all their little quirks.

KAELYN DICK

Kennel Technician

Kaelyn Dick has been working with dogs for two years. She has a lot of experience giving medicine to dogs and also treating puppies who have had Parvo and just doing basic cleanliness and emotional happiness for dogs. She likes to make sure every dog has a friend for the day and after outside as much as possible depending on the weather.

Kaelyn also likes seeing each dog’s personality because everyone is different and it’s fun watching them grow. She feels dogs are most relaxed when they’re with people or a fireplace, so they don’t get overwhelmed. She likes Great Danes a lot and other big breeds of dogs.