About the Author

About the Author, Dr. Sammy the Dog Trainer

Samantha Schinder
"I am a 30-something veteran female business owner as well as a PhD with a dissertation focused on police K-9 teams.  I find elements of both my military and academic careers have a big impact on my dog training business.  Camp Sammy is the name of my dog training and in-home boarding business in Tampa, Florida.  I believe in educated, research grounded, tailored, humane dog training methods. Trusting the people you do business with and the people you allow into your home is essential, and these are fundamental to my business.  This blog is not solely about training but about life with your dog, and all its aspects, from the humorous to the philosophical."
- Dr. Sammy
Sammy the Dog Trainer

Samantha has a BA from Indiana University in Italian Language and Literature, and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.  She has an MA from American Military University in Strategic Intelligence and Terrorism Studies, and her doctorate from Capella University in Public Service Leadership, Homeland Security concentration.  Her dissertation focuses on police K-9 teams.  She is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Pet Sitters' Association, and is a Canine Good Citizen program evaluator through the American Kennel Club.  She is a big supported of small business.  She is also a veteran and a member of the Wounded Warrior Project alumni.  Her dog is a rescue from the local kill shelter- he is a 4 year old long-coated German Shepherd Dog named Whuffo.  She speaks several languages and likes to skydive in her spare time.


  1. Hi Samantha! I really enjoy reading your travel blogs , especially your national park series! Are you interested in doing a collaboration with me where more people can read about your travel blogs? If you want more info, please send me your email!


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