Justis and Malia

Justis Bolding

Justis Bolding is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), licensed Family Paws Parent Educator (FPPE), member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).  She has been training dogs professionally for 15 years, since 2005, and has changed the lives of hundreds of dogs and their owners in the New York City area.  Justis is committed to ongoing education, and attends conferences and seminars regularly to stay current on science-based studies and new techniques for behavior modification.

Malia Stevens-Sandler

Malia Stevens-Sandler is a Certified Behavior Consultant (CBCC-KA), Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She is is also a Fear Free Certified Trainer and a AKC CGC  Evaluator.  Her interest in training began when she adopted her first dog in 2007 and was faced with multiple behavior challenges that introduced her to the world of positive reinforcement and relationship based training. This led to a rigorous apprenticeship and many years working with one of NYC’s most accomplished trainers before partnering with Justis at Raise the Woof in 2019. Malia has had a long relationship with NYC Animal Care Centers- first as a volunteer, and then, starting in 2016, as a training consultant through their Community Pets Program. This innovative program offers free behavioral support and training (along with other important resources) to pet owners in underserved communities, with the goal of helping pets stay in their homes and out of the shelter system.  She regularly attends conferences and seminars to study with experts in the field of behavior and the science of learning.

Anytime I hear anyone say they are having issues with their dog I immediately share Malia's information.

She has a world of knowledge, you will learn so much from her! She is also the most incredible person, she really cares about dogs, i can’t recommend her enough.

- Kate L