Scout's Legacy Staff
Chief Executive Officer/Lead Trainer
My name is Amanda. I am the CEO and Founder of Scout's Legacy and began my training passion in 2006. After working with dog behavior issues and basic obedience training for years and studying at schools and behind other trainers, my life took a turn when my PTSD set in to affect my everyday life until I was unable to leave my home in 2012. After that I talked with my Therapist and worked with training my current dog at the time, Scout a border collie lab mix, to become my Service Dog. From there my life took off in the Service Dog world! From helping with other companies train dogs and working on training different tasks for others disabilities I truly found my place in life. Today my disabilities have changed and my dog family and needs have grown with it. My second Service Dog was a Great Dane named Arizona who passed in December of 2021, the same month Scout passed. My current Service Dog is a German Shepherd name Addison who adores her job as a Mobility and Medical Response Dog. I decided to start my own company to help others with training their Service Dogs at a more affordable price, in 2015 I established Scout's Legacy Service Dogs. My job in this company is to make sure we train highly trained dogs that set an amazing example to the public on what a Service Dog should look like. I do this by helping people train the dog they need, and treating each client and dog as an individual. I adore helping each person achieve that same relief and independence that I found those many years ago. I hope to fulfill the lives of many and create bonds between human and dogs that will help each client thrive for their future.
Director of Puppy Raising/Lead Trainer
My name is Veronique and I have been with Scout’s Legacy Service Dogs since 2017 as a client, and a year later I joined the ranks as a trainer. I have been around dogs and dog trainers since my early teenage years, but didn’t start working with dogs myself until I was in my 30’s. I got my start at National Mill Dog Rescue in Colorado on the grooming team and soon after found myself fostering dogs with behavioral issues. After working with several challenging cases and seeing them turn around from unadoptable to loving family pets, I knew this was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
After moving to Texas I made my debut in the professional pet dog training world working as a trainer in a corporate owned training facility. I spent several years teaching basic obedience, agility, rally, treibball, and therapy dog classes. After joining SLSD, I found my true passion was training Service Dogs. From the close bonds we form with our clients to the different challenges each dog presents, I love every aspect of this job!
My name is Kaleb and I am currently the newest member of the Scout's Legacy training team. I segued into dog training via a career in Higher Education after my interest got piqued while working with my dog Maple. While working through some behavioral issues with her, I was exposed to positive reinforcement and behavioral modification training and learned I had a knack for it. It wasn't until I started training my first Service Dog, Roo, with Scout's Legacy that I seriously considered dog training as a career. I was taken under the wing of several trainers, became an assistant trainer at Scout's Legacy, and after much contemplation made the jump to become a full time dog trainer. I now divide my time between my trainer position at a nation wide pet retail store/dog training facility and my trainer position at Scout's Legacy Service Dogs.
My name is Marleigh and I am an assistant trainer here at Scout’s. I really enjoy task training and working with our older dogs, but I currently provide support for our graduates teams as I have gone back to school to pursue my Master’s degree. I have known Amanda since Scout’s Legacy was only a dream, and I have seen the superb service dogs she trains. Every time I met up with her, I learned something new. After training my previous service dogs on my own, I knew I still had more to learn and that I wanted to be able to have the best working partner possible and that meant Scout’s Legacy. My current service dog Kintsugi and I graduated from the program in 2019 and I loved it so much here that I never left. In addition to helping our teams grow and succeed, I have a passion for service dog education and advocacy and handler empowerment.
My name is Karina, I am a disabled veteran who began to do web development work after going to school using my GI Bill. I found a passion for building websites and managing databases. Aside from being the webmaster for Scout's Legacy I also work full time as a web developer for a mortgage loan application company. I found Scout's Legacy shortly after it was founded while I was on a search to find an organization that was working ethically and the trainer was well educated on Service Dog law and etiquette. While there were many programs willing to give me a free service dog, majority of them were not producing well rounded dogs or were focused around veterans with PTSD which I am not. Once I signed up with Scout's Legacy I began working and training my Great Dane Apollo to be my Mobility and Medical Response Service Dog, his training was focused around me and my disabilities rather than being cookie cutter which is exactly what I was looking for. I began doing web development for Scout's Legacy because I wanted to help get their name out there so that others could be helped the same way I was helped with Apollo. The mission and goals of Scout's Legacy lined up perfectly with what I was looking for. I am now working with my 3rd dog with Scout's Legcy Service Dogs.