Christine Egbert, CPDT-KA, Owner and Head Trainer
Growing up, I had every type of animal you can imagine. After I graduated college I began raising Izzy, a Sheltie/Beagle mix, who was the inspiration for my dog training career.
I absolutely fell in love with Izzy and we began training in agility and tricks. When I’d take Izzy hiking, people would ask, “How do you have such a well-mannered and loveable dog?” Some people even asked me to train their dogs! The more I thought about these experiences, the more I wanted to help fellow dog owners enjoy their dogs. I wanted to work with families to create the healthy and happy relationships with their dogs that I’d created with Izzy.
Soon after, Bark U was born! If it’s helping families pick out the right puppy, teaching puppy manners, or collaborating with families to help with challenging behaviors, I want to help. I specialize in puppy development and socialization, and I strive to provide owners with information to set their puppies up for a lifetime of success.
In addition to great training services, I also want to provide a stress-free place people can trust to send their dogs and know they are getting the best care. My goal is to run a safe, healthy daycare as well as be a well known resource for positive reinforcement training in the community. I truly love this business and feel proud that we can offer such a different type of daycare service.
Codi, Daycare and Boarding Attendant, Driver
Hello! I’m Codi, I’ve been working in the daycare and boarding industry for about a year and I love it. I have three dogs at home and they are not the smartest bunch but I wouldn’t trade them for the world. I also have a bunny named Bubby and she is the best. I have always wanted to work with animals and I love the outdoors so working for Bark U is a great way for me to do just that. My favorite part of working for Bark U is being able to play and interact with the dogs while working side by side with the trainers and learning how to positively handle, train, and manage the dogs. It is a complete change from what I have seen at other facilities in the past.
Jamie, Low-Stress Groomer
Hey there! I’m Jamie. I have been grooming for four years and I love it. I am extremely passionate about animals (I have 8 myself) and love what I do. My favorite part of grooming is not only working with the dogs but also interacting and building relationships with my clients. I am an outgoing person and really love the relationships I have with my clients. I also really enjoy the low-stress grooming experience that we provide at Bark U. Grooming can be very stressful for dogs and it’s a much better experience for me to groom a dog that is fine with being handled and groomed. Being able to take my time and use the low-stress techniques to make the dog less stressed and anxious makes a world of a difference.
Kerri, Office Manager
Hello, everyone! I work at the front desk and love greeting our furry guests every morning. I currently have an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and will pursue my Bachelor’s in Marketing. I enjoy, cooking, gardening, karaoke, and spending time with my husband and our three kids. We live in an apartment, so I love that Bark U helps me get my four-legged fix! Someday, I hope to help Christine spread Bark U across the region and beyond!
Marina, Kennel Manager
Hi there, my name is Marina. I originally went to school for Graphic Design. While I was in college, I took a side job at a doggie daycare and I fell in love with it! I have two dogs of my own, Eva, a Beagle/American Staffie mix and Black Jack, a Shih Tzu/Poodle mix. I enjoy working with different breeds and with dogs that have their own unique challenges and personalities. In the past, I have usually worked for larger companies, so I was excited to come to Bark U so that we could learn and grow together.
Lukas, Canine Caregiver
I may be terrible at bowling (highest score 54) but I excel in running, my personal record is 11.3 seconds for a 100m run. Hi there; I’m Lukas. Currently, I am aspiring to become a veterinary technician and really enjoy all of the behavior training that I am learning at Bark U and how to safely and properly handle the animals. When I am not at Bark U you can find me hanging out with my 13lb best friend George. He is a chihuahua mix and is too smart for his own good!
Maddie, Canine Caregiver
Hi Everyone. I’m Maddie and I am originally from North Carolina. I came to Bark U because I have a passion for working with dogs. What’s not to love about puppy kisses? I also have two dogs of my own, a husky named Iris and a Chihuahua/Jack Russel mix named Benji. Eventually, I plan to work in Medical Sonography. Outside of work, I love the beach, soccer, hiking, and pretty much anything involving the outdoors.
Matt, Canine Caregiver
Hi, I’m Matt. I’m originally from Romania, but I moved to the US when I was 3 1/2. One day, I’m going to retire in California. Calling me an “animal lover” would be a little bit of an understatement. At home, I have 3 dogs and 9 cats. I found Bark U because Christine trains my dog, Izzy. At my other job, I work with horses and therapeutic riders. I am currently studying to be a Certified Nurse Practitioner.
Nick, Canine Caregiver
Hey, I’m Nick. I love pizza, fishing, video games, and I am a die-hard Philly sports fan! I came to Bark U because I love Christine and I love dogs. I have four of them at home. I hope to be a Vet Tech someday, so this is a great platform to get me started working professionally with animals. Go Phillies!
Yadira, Canine Caregiver
Hola. Me llamo Yadira y yo amo a los perros. I LOVE dogs! I have 3 of my own at home. I came to Bark U because I heard so many friends talk about what a great place it is, and they were right. When I first started, I was actually a little bit scared of large dogs, but my co-workers are so caring and gentle with the dogs and trained me and I have completely conquered my fear and I’m a better caretaker for it. Every day here is so much fun! I’m currently a senior in High School, but after I graduate I plan to pursue either Nursing or Veterinary Science.