About Us

Not A Bully Dog Training in Colorado Springs is on a mission to help pup parents build a better bond with their dogs through affordable training and educational content. 

We focus on positive reinforcement techniques that make training fun for both dogs and pet parents!

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Zoie Keast, Colorado Springs Head Dog Trainer

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Zoie Keast is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) with 12 years of experience training dogs and managing behavior programs in open-admission animal shelters throughout Colorado, Nevada, and Wyoming.

Because of her dedication to animal sheltering and welfare, Zoie is particularly passionate and skilled in supporting animals experiencing fear and anxiety after being rehomed or experiencing abuse.

Throughout her experience in animal sheltering Zoie has worked with tens of thousands different dogs, cats, pocket pets, exotic animals, and livestock through direct care,evaluation, behavioral modification, and training.

Despite that, one of the things Zoie most enjoys about her work is that she still “hasn’t seen it all” and is surprised, delighted, and challenged by what she learns from animals everyday.

Zoie does not ascribe to one training method, instead she recognizes that all animals are unique individuals with complex needs.

Her goal is always to assess the dog AND the owner to determine what factors will influence the success of training and behavior modification. Communication between a pet and their owner is not always easy!

Zoie leads our group dog training classes for both adults and puppies. She’s also our head trainer for the private training division

Logan Mastrianna, Chief Operating Officer

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Logan Mastrianna has a decade of experience working with animals in open-admission animal shelters in Colorado and Florida.

His background is focused on management of large veterinary departments and he brings this experience to managing the day-to-day operations of Not A Bully’s Colorado Springs location. 

Logan also acts as the Editor-in-Chief for the educational side of Not A Bully which includes working with Not A Bully’s Veterinary Review Board and maintaining Not A Bully’s Editorial Guidelines

Our Story

The Not A Bully brand started in 2012 with photographer Douglas Sonders’ “I Am Not A Bully” campaign. Sonders set out to show the softer of the “bully breed” by taking amazing photos of pitties.

The goal was to show that a dog’s breed doesn’t make them “bully” and that every pup is an individual. 

Even though Sonders has moved on, Not A Bully is still committed to helping pet parents in Colorado Springs gain a deeper understanding of their dogs through affordable and effective training. 

Our team has decades of experience in animal welfare and we know that dogs with access to effective training or more likely to stay in the home and not end up in shelters. In addition to offering training, Not A Bully produces high-quality educational content for pet parents across the globe. 

But whether we’re teaching a dog training class in Colorado Springs or answering a common dog behavior question on our blog it’s all tied to the mission of helping pet parents build a deeper connection with their dogs.