About Us

Meet your san francisco dog training and care team

 
 

Shoshi Parks, Ph.D., CPDT-ka, CSAT

Owner, Head Trainer and separation anxiety specialist

Modern Hound is a local San Francisco company owned and operated by Shoshi Parks, Ph.D., CPDT-ka, CSAT.

Shoshi is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT). She completed the San Francisco SPCA's Dog Training Internship Program and Public Teaching Internship and is certified by the Canine Behavior Academy of the Marin Humane Society.

In addition to her private dog training, Shoshi teaches Fido Home Alone, Adolescent Manners, Just the Basics and New Dog 101 training classes at the San Francisco SPCA. She volunteers as a dog trainer for Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.

Shoshi is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, is certified in dog first aid and CPR and is fully bonded and insured for pet care. In 2009, Shoshi earned a Ph.D. from Boston University in the Social Sciences.

Shoshi started Modern Hound in 2011 to fill the need for highly skilled and trained humane, positive-reinforcement dog training. She is passionate about helping people to build the best relationship possible with their pets by teaching new skills, improving behavior problems, and providing excellent care for working and traveling parents.

She writes about dog training, dog behavior and dog lifestyle for a number of publications including 7x7, Hoodline, Vitabone and BayWoof.

Shoshi lives in San Francisco's NOPA neighborhood with her two animal loves, Osito and Phoebe.

Lauren Kunin dog trainer at Modern Hound

Lauren kunin

Dog Trainer

Lauren earned her Certificate in Training and Behavior Consultation at the Dog Training Internship Academy in San Francisco in 2015. She is also a graduate of dog*tec’s Dog Walking Academy, and is certified in pet first aid and CPR.

Lauren previously worked for a cage-free doggie daycare and boarding company, has years of experience as a pet sitter, and has volunteered at multiple animal rescue shelters. She currently volunteers at the San Francisco SPCA and Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.

Lauren joined Modern Hound in 2014, when she left her career in nonprofit and administrative management to pursue something that brought her great joy: working with dogs. She has been actively learning about canine behavior and training under Shoshi’s mentorship ever since.

Lauren has a B.A. in Global and International Studies from UC Santa Barbara.

PHOTO OF RACHEL COMING SOON!

PHOTO OF RACHEL COMING SOON!

RACHEL BIELLO

DOG TRAINER

Rachel earned her Certificate in Training and Behavior Consultation at the Dog Training Internship Academy in San Francisco in 2015. She is a graduate of dog*tec’s Dog Walking Academy, and is certified in pet first aid and CPR. A million years ago she attended Columbia University and the Manhattan School of Music where she studied classical voice. She was a graphic designer for many years and moved to San Francisco from New York City in 2010.

In addition to running her own dog walking business since 2014, Rachel is a training assistant in the Citizen Shelter Dog Program at San Francisco Animal Care and Control. Rachel assists with training classes and managing playgroups at SF Puppy Prep and is a class assistant at the Dog Training Internship Academy, offering support and mentoring students currently enrolled in the program.

Rachel believes most unwanted behaviors are a result of miscommunication and misunderstanding and that training bridges the communication gap and repairs our relationships with our dogs. Training is also great fun, and a way to deepen the bond between a dog and their human.

When Rachel isn’t working, she’s out playing with her giant hound Smitty.

Nicole and Joey Frediani, dog sitters at Modern Hound

Nicole and joey frediani

Dog Sitters

Nicole, born and raised in Hawaii, started a career in the spa industry fourteen years ago. Always a dog lover, Nicole found a wonderful perk of her career: the chance to develop personal relationships with clients who had pets and needed house/pet sitting. When she moved to San Francisco a year and a half ago, Nicole needed a new doggy fix and began volunteering with dogs at the SF SPCA. Then one happy day in 2013, Nicole discovered Modern Hound. When she approached her husband Joey about the possibility of dog sitting, Joey was all for it! As a dog lover who grew up with dogs - Fresca a white German Shepherd mix, Scruffy, a Wirehaired Terrier mix, and later, Mila the Jack Russell - Joey thought team dog sitting would be a fun activity he and Nicole could do together. As part owner of a window cleaning business, the team sitting option allows Joey and Nicole to work around each other's schedules in order to give dogs in their care the best experience possible. They are an awesome team and a proven success with both canine and human clients!