Our Trainers

Animal Alliances, LLC is located at 137-E Damon Road, Northampton, MA 01060  CONTACT US

Email Caroline Moore at info@animalalliances.com for more information.

Caroline Moore, owner and head trainerOwner and head trainer Caroline Moore has studied clicker training for over 10 years, and has used it successfully on all of the members of her menagerie: a cat, a caique parrot, a standard poodle, and a border collie.  When she pulls out the clicker, all of her animals flock around hoping it’s their turn to be trained!

Caroline believes training should be fun for the dogs and the humans. Her favorite thing is watching animals and humans have “aha moments” during training! She attends clicker training conferences and workshops, and is constantly working to expand and improve her training skills.

Caroline is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner. This rigorous, six-month program focuses on the science of behavior, advanced clicker training skills, creating behavior modification plans, and designing innovative solutions to behavior challenges. It assesses the trainer’s behavioral knowledge, training skill, and teaching ability.

In 2019, Caroline took the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers' certification exam. She got a 97% and became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed. 

She has also received her Level 1 Clicker Trainer Competency Assessment (CAP1) with Merit.


Alex Wise, trainer


Alex Wise has been a staff trainer at Animal Alliances since 2015, teaching classes in everything from puppy, basic, and intermediate manners to outdoor etiquette, tricks, and nosework. Their special training interests include building strong foundational obedience skills for service and therapy dogs in training, tricks training, and working with deaf dogs.

Alex lives in Northampton, with their deaf Pittie mix, Hitch, who has been extensively trained in a variety of fancy skills but sees himself primarily as a professional lap dog and nap-taker. 





Kristin Neal, trainerLike most people who choose a career with animals, Kristin Neal is a lifetime animal lover. From bringing home kittens, to rescuing injured mice, begging for riding lessons, and walking the neighbor’s dog, she found ways to surround herself with animals from a very early age.

She started going to obedience classes with her own dogs and discovered a love for training. She made a point of seeking out trainers and spending time with them, watching and learning about behavior and positive reinforcement. Kristin is also a certified veterinary technician, and has completed and passed the Fear Free Certificate course. She has worked in medicine, surgery, and animal sheltering. She joined the Animal Alliances team in 2018. 

Kristin's passion is not just for dogs, but for improving the quality of life for dogs and their people. She loves sharing knowledge to help people have a better relationship with their dogs, and help their dogs be better companions in our human world.

Darcy CliffordDarcy Clifford began apprenticing with Animal Alliances in 2017, first under Alex and then under Caroline. They have been training privately since 2017 and were welcomed onto AA’s team of trainers in May of 2019. They have truly loved developing their group teaching skills and training practices with the help and expertise of the Animal Alliances team.

Darcy loves helping humans and dogs find communication and understanding. They are most rewarded by working with reactive and psychologically traumatized animals. Their favorite class to teach is Remedial Social Skills with Puppy Starter Kit a close second.
Darcy began studying animal behavior in 2015 because of a husky named Svetlana. They have not yet welcomed their next dog into their life but they enjoy working with their 2 rescued cats: 1 year old Maxwell, who has resource guarding issues, and 4 year old Calliope, who believes boundaries are of the utmost importance. Both cats perform dance routines before meals and are learning they both have a seat at the dinner table, as long as they don’t climb on the table itself. 

Looking for our founder, Kelley Bollen? You can now find her at KelleyBollen.com.