Meet the Staff

Alfredo Ayala – Owner, Professional Dog Trainer

professional dog trainer, Alfredo Ayala

Professional Dog Trainer, Alfredo Ayala

As a professional dog trainer, Alfredo has been called the “Dog Whisperer of Charlotte,” but if you see the way the dogs follow him in the yard, you would understand why his wife calls him the Pide Piper! Clients have brought their dogs from other trainers and programs to Alfredo and lamented that they did not find him first! He has something very special with the dogs that is a rarity. He truly does speak their language and is an amazing trainer!  Alfredo has years of experience as a dog trainer of all sizes, types, breeds and temperaments. After initially learning the old school “yank and crank” style of training back in the 90’s, he realized he needed a different method. He was thrilled to find the teachings of professional dog trainer, Michael Ellis, and reward based training. This re-ignited his passion for dogs and training and he opened his own business, DSL Dog Training and Boarding in 2010. It has been thriving ever since. His unique understanding of dogs and their signs of communication makes him a great trainer. He is also an AKC Certified CGC Evaluator and professional (dog trainer) member of the IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals) and APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers). To say that dogs are his life, would be somewhat of an understatement.


Sunny Ayala – Owner

As the “other” owner of DSL, I’ve watched the blood, sweat and tears my husband has put into starting and growing DSL into what it is today. Dogs truly are his passion and in my “unbiased” opinion he is the best dog trainer around! His heart is for every dog in the world to be happy and every owner of those dogs to be knowledgeable in how to facilitate that! I enjoy working “behind the scenes” to help make sure things run as smoothly as possible. When I’m not being dog-mom at DSL, I run my own Holistic Health business, “A Practitioner in Your Pocket”, where I help people suffering from all types of illness/disease and discomfort to regain their health naturally. I do it all online which enables me to be accessible to people from all over the country, while still being accessible to my amazing DSL staff.  I love sitting on my beautiful back porch enjoying my garden and starting up our new DSL parkour and free running team affectionately named, Barkour! If you have any concerns that my staff are not able to address for you, please do not hesitate to email me! Your happiness with our business is extremely important to me!



Alyson Kapelar

20160616_192631_1466121105933I am the Dog Care Specialist and Facility Manager here at DSL. I love all animals, especially dogs!  I have been told I have lots of patience with animals and I try to understand the point of view of any animal.  I want to snuggle all the puppies every chance I get! It’s my job here to make sure every single dog gets VIP treatment in a safe and clean facility. You could say my title includes doggie hugger, kisser, patter, and snuggler! I am very interested in dog/animal nutrition and very protective of animals. You can rest assured that you pooch is in good hands with us!








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Hello! My name is Alex, and I am new to Charlotte as of June 2016! I am originally from Chicago-land. I have 2 amazing dogs named Lacy and Monroe…they are everything to me! I have loved animals my whole life, especially dogs and cats. Working closely with dogs is essentially a fantasy for me. (I can’t believe I get to bring my babies to work with me every day to such a great place!)  When I am not at work, I enjoy reading, binge-watching TV shows and being with friends. I am currently learning all the ins and outs of the office, so if there is anything I can do to enhance your experience with DSL, please let me know!



Lady, Choncho, Sonya and Bunny Ayala – Doggie Advocates

kidsWhere would we be without the joy, the love, the laughs and the warmth of our four little “babies”?  Lady (front) teaches us to stop and enjoy the sunshine. Choncho reminds us daily that living in the present means that everything and everyone is awesome all the time. Bunny’s sweetness is a real example that a rough beginning in life doesn’t have to end with a hard heart. Sonya tells us that it’s important never to be too busy to let someone bear hug you for as long as they need. Who could ask for better teachers?





“We want to express deep thanks to trainer Linda Taylor for her encouragement and inspiration; without which, DSL would not be. She was the first to see dog training as our family business and helped speak our future into existence.”



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