About Us

Who we are

We are Certified Pet Professionals who have a passion for teaching. We love animals and can't wait to meet your pets!  

Our Training Methods

When we are training dogs we mainly focus on using relationship building and positive rewards based training.  We combine some methods to enhance each participant's skills to set them up for success! 

Here is a list of all the training methods that we are educated & trained in and may use when working with your pets.  Click on each to learn more.

                  (Our Most Often Used method)

What sets us apart from others?

  • Our Daycare with Training Programs distinguish Santa Monica Paws from other dog training programs and pet services in Playa Vista, Santa Monica, Venice, Mar Vista, and Marina del Rey

Credentials & Memberships

Our trainers are certified professionals

Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer LOGO
Pet Pro Hero Cat & Dog First Aid & CPR Certified
Association for Professional Dog Trainers APDT LOGO
American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator CGC
American Kennel Club Logo

Pet Expert Training Team

Theresa Ann Roy, founder of santa monica paws and certified dog trainer

Theresa Ann Roy, Founder

Theresa Ann Roy, Founder

Theresa Ann Roy, Founder

 Animal Behavior College Dog Trainer 

ABC  Mentor Trainer 

Certified Petco Dog Trainer

Pet First Aid & CPR Certified

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Trainer 

AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

Go to: www.AKC.org for more information

Theresa is an Alumni graduate of Syracuse University (New York) and Animal Behavior College (Los Angeles).

Theresa's undergraduate education from Syracuse University earned her a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Therapy.  Her experience working in the healthcare field providing Animal Assisted Pet Therapy to individuals with physical, mental, and psychological disabilities, overlaps into her career today.  

By using Positive Reinforcement Training to incentivize dogs and cats, she facilitates the canine-human bond to help you to have a more trusting relationship with your pets.  

Her past experience includes 14+ years working with dogs in various capacities.  Theresa has been a volunteer team member and Foster Pet Parent for several dog rescues including the ASPCA, SPCA, the Lange Foundation, Best Friends Animal Society, LOEM (League of Extraordinary Mutts), Grey Save Greyhound Rescue, and VanderPump Dog Rescue in Los Angeles.

Theresa has been training dogs for over 10 years and has completed over 1,000 hours of training.  She has owned a Black Lab, multiple Greyhounds, and currently her fur-baby is an extremely intelligent Malti-poo named Lillyth, aka Lily.

Theresa's main priority is: Safety First!

Not only does she provide safe private dog training practices, daycare with training, and puppy training sessions, she also offers multiple training packages to suit your needs. 

 Training sessions primarily take place in your home in locations like West Los Angeles, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Marina del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice, PLaya Vista, Playa Del Rey, Brentwood, Malibu, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, and Manhattan Beach 


Bradford Carter

Theresa Ann Roy, Founder

Theresa Ann Roy, Founder

 Pet Concierge Director

Animal Behavior Specialist 

ABC Mentor Trainer

Pet First Aid and CPR Certified

Brad has his educational background in Business Administration from UCLA. He is the Lead Liason for Santa Monica Paws Pet Concierge Division.  He manages and oversees all business decisions including coordinating our cost for services.  

Brad loves dogs and grew up training German Shepherds.  He is a Balanced Dog Trainer and his expertise is working with challenging dogs that need Behavior Modification Training.  He has been training dogs for almost 6 years and has completed over 700 hours of training. 

Bradford shows you how to communicate best with your pets primarily through your pet's nose and their keen ability to identify your energy.  He uses Relationship Based Training Methods most often and will show you how to apply Leadership Techniques in your style of training with your dog.  Brad is also versed in "transitional training" for dogs & cats who come from a shelter or rescue environment. He often gets asked to help families train cats or dogs who need adjustment training in a home with other pets.  

Over the past 15 years, Brad has volunteered with and fostered animals from several Dog & Cat Rescues in Los Angeles, including LOEM (League of Extraordinary Mutts), The Lange Foundation, Grey Save Greyhound Rescue,  and VanderPump Dog Rescue.  

He truly enjoys helping people and animals and he's ready to help you create a healthy trusting bond and well balanced relationship with your pets. 

His MOTO is: 

Attitude is Everything...Pick a Good One!


Hayley Noonan

Theresa Ann Roy, Founder

Hayley Noonan

CPD Certified Dog Trainer 

Pet First Aid  & CPR Certified 

Hayley has successfully completed the Level 3 Award in Canine Behavior Training achieving merit June 2019 and has her pet first aid certificate. 

Hayley has worked with Santa Monica Paws since 2019 and has over 300 hours experience in training. She is a positive reward based trainer, and adores working with puppies.  She enjoys using Positive Reinforcement to potty train puppies and teach dogs the 7 common commands: sit, stay, down, come, No, Heel, and Leave it. 

Hayley has successfully trained puppies to curb unwanted behaviors such as separation anxiety and biting & nipping.  She is skillful at coaching humans on how to housebreak their dogs.

Hayley will play fun engaging games with your puppy to encourage positive play and a healthy well balanced pup.  She finishes every session on a positive note to keep training fun and exciting.  

As well as working with puppies, Hayley has successfully applied the positive reward based training methods and scientific training methods in her work with dogs. She supports older dogs and their owners by managing difficult behaviors such as leash aggression & lead pulling.  She has also trained older dogs to have better impulse control by teaching them how to maintain positions in the home such as ‘go to bed/crate’ ‘off couch’. 

In the past year Hayley has volunteered with West LA Animal Shelter & LA Love and Leashes, and recently adopted a 2 year old untrained 9 pound rescue terrier. Hayley has loved the challenge that this dog has bought her, and in a short period has been able to teach him all the basic commands, control his barking, leash aggression, and is working every day on curbing his separation anxiety and resource guarding. 

In conjunction with specific training sessions Hayley assists the Santa Monica Paws Training Team with their Community Daycare Enrichment Programs and she boosts their social media presence on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. 

Hayley is increasing her learning of Dog Behavior Training every day and she's acquiring more certifications. 

You will love working with Hayley and so will your pets!

Professional Pet Handlers

Vida is a Pet Sitter, Dog Walker, and Daycare Professional

Vida Lapus

Pet Sitter, Daycare Professional

Nothing makes my heart happier than spending time with dogs.  I have loved all the dogs I've cared for and they always leave a special place within my heart.  One of the joys of pet sitting has been creating close bonds with your pets.  My main goal is to help satisfy their needs, making sure they are relaxed and as happy as possible when they are with me.  I will send you video and photo updates while I'm caring for your pet to help keep your mind at ease, knowing that your pet is alive and well.  

We do fun activities like going for walks in different neighborhoods, we go to recreation parks, occasionally to dog parks (specific customer's only), and I give lots and lots of cuddle time and play time for them.  Some pups prefer a game of fetch, while others like to play chase and/or tug games, and for most puppies,  I will play hide and seek games with food treats and puzzle toys.  

Overall, I'm a very easy going, compassionate, attentive care giver with so much empathy for humans and their fur babies.  Your pups are more than welcome to be on my furniture or bed, and they will have my full attention!  They are safe in my home. 


*Contact Santa Monica Paws if you are in need of Pet Sitting Services from me.  I'm also willing to go to your home to pet sit your pets when needed.

Erin is a dog trainer, dog walker, daycare professional and pet sitter

Erin Gercey

Dog Trainer, Pet Sitter, Dog Walker

Pet First Aid & CPR Certified

Erin has dedicated her life to animals since she was a child.  An animal's well being and happiness is always her priority. Starting as an intern for The Wolfkeeper Dog University, she worked her way up the ladder. They specialized in preventing aggression, agility training, and obedience training. From there she got to train at Cesar Milan’s Dog Psychology Center in Los Angeles, California.  She learned unique techniques in order to condition dogs in every sort of situation and environment.  After mastering training individually and in group classes, she took care of over 200 off-leash dogs (at once) at one of the largest and busiest daycare's in Los Angeles.  It’s her deep connection with animals that helps her understand what goes on inside your pet's head.  This is how she is able to make the best suggestions possible on how to train your dog while still making sure they’re having fun.