Cyndi Picano

Cyndi is the owner and head dog trainer at VIP.  She has over 20 years of pet care experience, professionally and personally.  "I am passionate about enriching dog's lives.  Training, socializing, exercise and mental stimulation are all key components in maintaining a healthy, happy dog, which is why I created services to meet these specific needs.  I completed a dog obedience training program, and was fortunate to fine tune my training skills by participating in a dog training shadow program with world renowned trainer, Tyler Muto.  I have spent numerous hours researching, attending workshops and shadowed other trainers, along with working hands on with animals for the last 20 years in an effort to understand our pets and obtain tools to communicate and modify behavioral issues.  It is so rewarding to be able to help a dog achieve a well balanced state and become a great canine citizen in the community".

"I feel blessed to have the Best Job in the World! 

          VIP Team

Our team is comprised of compassionate  professionals who care deeply about meeting the needs of the dogs we care for!


Johana Steinz

Stephanie Haynes

Chris Christine

Caitlin Acheson

Vinny Picano


Meet the VIP Team

        Johanna Steinz     -     Stephanie Haynes     -     Chris Christine     -     Caitlin Acheson     -     Vinny Picano


Johanna Steinz

Walker and Play Group Facilitator 

Johanna joined VIP in the spring of 2014.  Originally from Germany, she now happily calls North Carolina home.  She is awesome with dogs.  Her leadership abilities and caring nature positively influence a dog's leash manner skills.  We are so happy to have her on our team.


Caitlin Acheson

Walker and Play Group Facilitator

Caitlin joined VIP in the summer of 2017.  Her work ethic and attention to detail make her an excellent dog handler.  She loves working with dogs and is a natural.  She always goes that extra step to provide structure while the dogs are exercising, socializing and playing.  Caitlin is truly one of our team VIP's for sure.


Chris Christine

Walker and Play Group Facilitator

Chris joined VIP in the summer of 2017.  She has a genuine caring and loving way about her and the dogs can feel it.  Dogs are always very comfortable in her presence.  She is a dedicated handler who is always looking to improve her leash manner skills.  She is a true asset to our VIP team.


Dogs Learn, Exercise and find Adventure!