About Us

Dog Talk was founded in Plymouth Meeting, PA by Cindy Gaines. Cindy has passed her extensive library of dog knowledge onto her son Michael Rae, who now runs the business in Blue Bell, PA along with his wife Mariellen.

Mike has incorporated various techniques from many other respected trainers. He continues to advance his knowledge by attending workshops, subscribing to industry publications and reading books of note by other training and behavior experts in the field. He has a Bachelors degree in Media Arts from Temple University, and has years of experience in the entertainment world making every class entertaining and educational. He has that unique combination: a concrete understanding of human, as well as canine, behavior and psychology. A firm believer in gentle but not permissive method, and other dog-friendly ways of creating desired behaviors.

Mike Rae

Mike is a highly knowledgeable dog trainer and Temple University alumni. Mike strives to make every class interesting, fun, and educational. He possesses a unique combination that includes a concrete understanding of human, as well as canine, behavior and psychology. He is a firm believer in gentle but non-permissive methods to create desired behaviors. The basis for Mike’s training focuses primarily on positive reinforcement. He is an active member of the Whitemarsh Township community, and works consistently to partner with other local small business owners.

Mike continues to expand his knowledge by attending workshops, subscribing to industry publications, and reading books by other training and behavior experts in the field. He is regarded for tailoring training techniques to the individual dog and owner to produce positive outcomes for the entire family.

Behavioral and temperament problems can make life unpleasant for a dog owner. Untrained, uneducated, and unsocialized pets often have shorter life expectancies.

Promoting good behavior and temperament is in everyone’s best interest. A good-natured pet can live a longer, more enjoyable life. Thorough, consistent behavioral training can strengthen the owner’s relationship with their pet, and change everyone’s life for the better!

A positive behavioral program can quickly develop into a positive feedback loop and delighted owners will happily extol the virtues of their pets. We’d like to invite you, or a member of your family, to watch one of our classes. Please feel free to give us a call with any questions, or to get more information on our walking and boarding services.

Thank you!
Mike Rae


My name is Theresa. I graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 2019 with a Bachelors degree in Food Marketing. While in school, I started house sitting as a side job and I decided to make a career out of it. I now house sit and walk dogs full time, as well as working at Dog Talk’s daycare. My favorite dog breed is the German Shepherd. In my free time I like to be active, spend time with my three dogs, and eat pizza.


Hi I’m Kit, I have been with Dog Talk since 2017. I am the in-house groomer at Dog Talk. I have 12-years experience grooming all shapes and sizes, from nail cutting to grinding to a full haircut. Grooming is done before your scheduled pickup, so your pup is fresh and beautiful. I am also certified in pet first aid and CPR.


Hi, my name is Nancy Lee Walter. I have been employed with Dog Talk since 2009. My love for dogs began in my childhood, where I learned how they love you unconditionally. I will treat your pet as if it was mine while I am entrusted to take care of it for you. I am also certified in pet CPR and first aid. I have been a Whitemarsh Twp. resident since 1983 and I also volunteer in the community. In my spare time I enjoy relaxing by the pool, reading and playing with my grand dog Dakota Rose.