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About Us

Canine Prep School is an alliance between Lisa Arant of Small and Tall Dog 

Training in Rockville, and Beth Joy of Unleashed Joy Dog Training in Mt. Airy. 

Lisa and Beth are combining their years of dog training and behavior

expertise to bring you the best dog training facility in Maryland!

Joining the team are a slew of wonderful positive reinforcement/force free dog trainers
who will be offering every class you and your pup will ever need. From Puppy Playtime,
and Basic Good Manners, to Tricks, Canine Good Citizen, and more.

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Lisa Arant,  CPDT-KA

Owner & Founder of Small and Tall Dog Training

Certification and Memberships

- Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge assessed

- American Kennel Club CGC,  S.T.A.R. & Tricks Evaluator

- Licensed Family Paws Educator 2015 - 2020

- Member of The Pet Professional Guild

- Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers

- Member of MAAPPPT

Lisa began her dog training career over 10 years

ago apprenticing under a well known and successful trainer in the area. She has trained for years with

the Rockville non-profit, Your Dog's Friend, and

currently also does in-home private training.

Lisa continues her education by attending webinars and conferences, constantly updating her skills with the newest information about dogs and their behavior.

She is an AKC  Canine Good Citizen Evaluator,

an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator, and

an  AKC Trick Dog Evaluator.

At home, Lisa lives with her husband, a Boxer

named Tilly, and Mabel, her Boston Terrier.

Additionally, she has two birds, Binx and

Peakles, and a bunch of angelfish.

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Beth Joy, CPDT-KA

Owner & Founder of Unleashed Joy Dog Training

Certification and Memberships

- Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge assessed

- PMCT - Pat Miller Certified Trainer

- Member of The Pet Professional Guild

- Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers

- Member of MAAPPPT

Beth began her dog training journey in 2010, apprenticing and interning for Pat Miller, eventually becoming a Pat Miller certified trainer, and leading training classes for her.

Beth's specialty is Reactive Dogs and holds reactive

dog classes as well as does in-home training for

behavior modification as well as for basic skills.

Beth continuously attends educational seminars

and workshops to broaden her scope of knowledge

in the field of dog behavior and training.

She also serves as an on-call dog trainer and

assessor for various animal rescue organizations.

At home, Beth lives with her husband,

her Border Collie, Belle, Noodle the cat,

and small breed mix rescue, Leo.

Our Awesome Trainers


Carla Repko


Carla began her dog training journey five years ago when husky x collie

mix, Artoo, started displaying signs

of reactivity. Carla quickly got sucked into the world of dog sports and training. Her passion is introducing people to dog sports as a way to bond

with their dogs and have fun.  

Carla and Artoo regularly compete
in a variety of dog sports including Rally, Barn Hunt, Fast CAT, and soon
to be Scent Work. She also has
another dog, a smooth collie named Astra. She and Astra are exploring
the sports of Conformation and Herding, along with Rally, Barn
Hunt, Obedience, and Fast CAT.  
Carla is actively pursuing certification as a Professional Dog Trainer and regularly works to broaden her knowledge and experience of
dog training and behavior.
She is an active member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Carla is a proud user of positive reinforcement based
training methods.
Carla teaches Rally Fundamentals and Rally Precision and Practice Classes.

Jessica Lamb


Jessica is the owner and lead trainer of Urban Canine Dog Training. Her special interest is

in bully breeds and early

problem prevention in puppies

but she enjoys all training and

is always actively working with

her own two dogs.

Jessica lives in Montgomery County with her wife and their (human) son, plus their dogs,  Ollie and Riot.

  • A Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)

  • A Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator through the American Kennel Club

  • A  Certified AKC Fit Dog    Instructor

  • ​A Licensed Family Paws Educator  2019-2021

  • A Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)

  • A Member of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Positive Professional Pet Trainers

  • A Member of the Pet Professional Guild

Jess teaches some of our Primary Puppy Classes, as well as Loose Leash WalkingRecall Class and an Enrichment Workshop.


Scott Houghton


Scott has been teaching trick

training to dogs and their owners

for over a decade.  

Scott is the lead trainer and entertainer for a comedy stunt

dog show called ‘Mutts Gone Nuts!”. Along with his wife,

Joan, they have been producing and presenting their comedy

dog show in theaters up and 

down the east coast that

employs only rescue dogs.


Scott, previously a professional juggler who worked in venues

all over the world, left the world 

of circus arts to produce

comedy dog act in 2008.

He never looked back.

Scott lives in Northern Baltimore County with his lovely wife, Joan, and their plethora of

rescue dogs.

Scott teaches our

Intro to Tricks Class as well

as our Advanced Trick Class.

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