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Board, Staff & Trainers

Ashley Theis

Ashley Theis

Ashley has been with Soldier's Best Friend since 2019. She began her career as a Service Dog Trainer after attending Animal Behavior College for her dog training certification. She also worked with the organization as an Evaluator in 2022 and currently works as Training Coordinator since 2023. Ashley grew up as a military dependent with her parents enlisted in the Army, which brought her many places within the US. She attributes her passion for the mission to her upbringing and her family's love for dogs. Ashley has four dogs of her own, one of them being her retired Service Dog, Lili who is pictured in the photo. She also has an Alaskan Malamute (Atticus), a GSD mix (Bailey from the White German Shepherd Rescue and star of one of SBF's commercials!), and a pit mix (Nala), as well as two cats. Ashley claims herself to be a student of life and is always learning and growing. Not only does she hold a certification through ABC but also holds the CPDT-KA certification for dog training as well as currently obtaining her ABC Certified Service Dog Trainer certification. She is an AKC Approved Evaluator and continues to learn and grow as the years go on. 

She owns and runs her own dog training business in conjunction with working with our organization out of the East Valley where she specializes in problem behavior dogs and canine obedience. She states that it is an honor to give back to those who sacrificed and served. 

Our Impact

  • Graduated Veteran/Dog Teams


  • Rescued Arizona Homeless Dogs


  • Our Goal for Veterans Served in 2024


  • Training Hours Provided in 2023


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