Meet our Trainers

Meet our Trainers

Makayla Williams CPDT-KA

Dog Training Program Manager

Makayla’s career with animals started when she began working at a pet store. She shortly became the dog trainer and thus sparked her passion for training. Eventually, she found herself working at the SPCA of Wake County as an animal caretaker. With experience working on behavior modification and training under her belt she finds herself at Paws4ever!  She received her CCPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed) certification in 2022, Free Free certification in 2021 and her Canine Good Citizen Evaluator certification in 2019.

Makayla has two sweet fur babies at home. Phil, her Pitbull Cattle dog mix and Lucy the Labradoodle. She currently lives in Fuquay-Varina with her Fiancé, Diego. Moving to the ‘big city’ of Fuquay was a big change from her small town of Troy, NC.

Makayla is particularly interested in ‘quirky’ dogs and loves a challenge. She believes that building a strong, positive relationship with your dog is the key to success.

Brian Gibbs

Dog Training Instructor

He became interested in working with dogs after his dog Sonny passed away. Knowing the time was not right to get another dog, Brian began volunteering at Saving Grace Animals for Adoption. There he has spent many hours playing and working with a wide
variety of dogs.

Brian is very interested in learning about the canine world, how dogs interact with each other and with people. Brian is currently pursuing his CPDT-KA certification.

Heather Daniel

Dog Training Instructor

Heather has always loved having dogs in her family ever since she was a child. After a long career in Digital Marketing, she decided it was time to take a chance and pursue her passion for helping owners build a strong bond and trust with their pets. Heather started volunteering at Paws4ever in April 2022 and was thrilled to be asked to join the team shortly after. She is now working to obtain her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed) and hopes to assist many, many families in the near future.

The biggest joy Heather gets from training is seeing the confidence a dog gains as soon as they’ve learned a new behavior. There is a moment a light bulb goes off and they truly understand what is being asked of them. She believes that when working with a dog it is a team effort and not one party demanding something from the other.

Heather lives in Mebane with her dog Hornsby, husband Phil, and 3 chickens.

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