Meet the Team

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Jane Marshall  Professional Dog Trainer



Jane Marshall has been a professional dog trainer in the Chapel Hill - Durham area for over 30 years, offering group and private instruction. She is the owner of Cheery Dogs LLC. Cheery Dogs is committed to science based positive training for all dogs.


Jane is a proud member of the Pet Professional Guild.

The Pet Professional Guild is a membership organization representing pet industry professionals who are committed to results based, science based force-free training:

CATCH Canine Trainers Academy also requested Jane to be a mentor trainer for their dog training students.


Jane loves working with behavior issues and problem solving like reactivity, aggression and separation anxiety. As a mother of (now adult) twins and a foster mum (of many dogs) during the time her kids were living at home, she developed many skills to help families with their new dogs and puppies.


Jane is a long time supporter of local rescue groups, offering behavioral advice and evaluations for incoming and fostered dogs.


Jane's family consists of a husband who is a UNC Professor of computer science and twins: Emily and Willem. She is the proud mum of two shelter dogs, Cherie a pit bull mix, and new puppy Marmite, a little black mix! Ninja the cat and two rescue rabbits make up the rest of the family.




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Emily and Marmite

         Brooke and the amazing Delta.


Brooke Ferguson  KPA-CDT


Brooke Ferguson is a senior trainer at Cheery Dogs. She is a certified Karen Pryor Academy dog trainer (KPA) The KPA certification is known to be one of the most rigorous dog training courses in the world. It involves studying the science of animal behavior and learning as well as a very high level practical part.


Brooke has had an interest in dog training for years, which turned into a passion when old-school training only made her family German Shepherd, Opal, more reactive. After some study, Brooke turned to the positive reinforcement side of dog training and within weeks was happily walking Opal through crowds of people and past lunging dogs without worry.


Brooke joined Cheery Dogs in 2016, first assisting, and then teaching her own classes. She particularly likes giving puppies a good start in puppy classes and then seeing the dogs progress through to another favorite level: Advanced K9 Manners.


Working with a variety of canine personalities in home consultations has only gotten her more invested in understanding man’s best friend! Her goal is to improve the understanding and communication between people and their dogs.


Brooke has a standard poodle named Delta, who keeps her on her toes and active in dog sports like agility, rally-obedience, and canicross, and quickly learns any trick she can think to throw at him.



Ali Faiz,  MPH




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Ali Faiz has had and worked with pets, including dogs and parrots, for over 24 years, including several years of teaching with Cheery Dogs.

He has a Master’s degree in Public Health from UNC – Chapel Hill and is working on his dissertation for a PhD. His passions are research, teaching and helping humans and dogs live together happily!  He particularly likes teaching the beginner classes (Puppy Plus and K9 Manners) at Cheery Dogs as these classes keep dogs in their homes. He loves to see the bond develop between dog and adopter as they train together.

Ali is a long time shelter volunteer at the Durham APS. He helps evaluate dogs for adoption, runs playgroups for sheltered dogs and trains new volunteers in good dog handling.

He’s worked with wildlife in the area via a licensed rehabber and is now currently studying for a professional dog training certification with the FACT Academy. 

Ali lives in Durham with his 6 and a half year old American Staffordshire terrier mix Addie and 21 year old Senegal parrot Coosha. He can’t wait to meet you and your pups!



Ali teaching Addie some new tricks
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