Peach on a Leash is a full-service dog training company based in Alpharetta, Georgia and serving the northern suburbs of Metro Atlanta, from Sandy Springs to Cumming.
Utilizing the latest science-based training techniques, head trainer and pet behavior expert Alex Sessa, (formerly Andes) CPDT-KA and her team will deliver the results you’re looking for.
We provide your dog with a fun, positive learning experience that provides quick results and dramatically improves behavior while strengthening your bond with your dog, rather than damaging it through unnecessarily harsh techniques.
Regardless of your dog’s breed or behavior issues, you’ll be amazed at how quickly your dog responds to our training.
Meet Our Team
Owner & Head Trainer: Alex Sessa
Peach on a Leash owner and head trainer, Alex Sessa, (formerly Andes) CPDT-KA, VSPDT is a pet behavior expert who has been training dogs and studying dog behavior for nearly a decade. Alex is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, a certification that requires hundreds of logged training hours and passing a comprehensive exam. She is also a certified Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT), another prestigious certification.
She attended the University of Georgia, where she began honing her training skills while helping improve the behavior of local shelter dogs to reduce euthanasia rates. She graduated with honors in 2012 and worked as both a pet adoption counselor and an assistant dog trainer before being offered a job with celebrity dog trainer Victoria Stilwell of Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog.”
Alex traveled the world with Victoria and had the opportunity to learn from her in all facets of training and behavior for over four years before deciding to pursue her dream of launching Peach on a Leash. Their work together allowed Alex the opportunity to work hands-on with both pet dogs and working dogs, including police dogs and accelerant detection dogs. Alex is completing the prestigious Jean Donaldson Academy for Dog Trainers, commonly referred to as “the Harvard for dog trainers,” to further refine her training skills.
Alex is also active in the rescue community. She works with Furkids Animal Rescue, Atlanta Boxer Rescue, Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Canine Cellmates, and others.
These experiences have helped her to become one of the most studied, well-rounded trainers in the area, and her results-oriented training utilizes effective and humane techniques that are backed by the latest modern behavioral science.
She shares her home with her husband Will, who is a police K-9 officer, and their beloved dogs.
Certified Trainer: Amelia Cosmas
Certified Trainer Amelia Cosmas, CPDT-KA is a passionate dog trainer and puppy expert. Amelia is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, a certification that requires hundreds of logged training hours and passing a comprehensive exam. After Graduating With Distinction from the prestigious Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training, Amelia was hired by her Academy mentor as a trainer. While working in the nursery school at her mentor’s facility, Amelia trained countless 8-16 week old puppies, taught group classes and trained privately in client’s homes.
She is committed to results-oriented, science-based, and fun training. Amelia continually furthers her education and experiences in the dog training world by attending conferences and seminars as well as belonging to several professional organizations.
As a Certified Volunteer at Canine Assistants in Milton, Amelia takes great pride in helping dogs to become amazing service animals who go on to improve the lives of their recipients in immeasurable ways. Amelia is very active in this organization, currently fostering and teaching three incredible future service dogs.
She shares her home with her wonderful husband and their two awesome dogs, Rhett, a Mixed Breed and Ronan, a Golden Retriever.
Trainer: Julia Skrotzki
Julia is a passionate dog lover who got her start in the dog training world by assisting Alex in her group classes. Alex quickly realized that Julia had incredible natural ability in working with both people and dogs, and helped her fine-tune those skills into a career as a trainer for Peach on a Leash.
Julia is currently enrolled in the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training and Behavior to further her skills and knowledge in the field, and is working towards completing her CPDT-KA dog training certification.
10 years ago, Julia moved to the US from a small town in Germany. She now calls Milton home and lives with her 3 dogs, husband and two children. Julia is also a active volunteer and foster mom at the Atlanta Humane Society.
Pet Care Manager: Kim Howard
Kim grew up helping her Dad take care of abandoned and hurt animals. Growing up in a house where there are always five or more pets in the family, her love of animals and the desire to always care for them came into play.
The minute she was old enough to work, she started her path and career to care for animals. For over 20 years, she has honed her skills in the animal field.
Kim has experience as a kennel manager, daycare supervisor, veterinary technician, and pet sitter. She has been learning about animal behavior and training along the way, but her true passion is in caring for your best friend.
She loves to hike around the country, and includes her three huskies into all her life adventures.
Administrative Assistant: Stella Harney
Stella is our amazing administrative assistant! She supports our staff and clients, ensuring we are fast and effective communicators. Stella helps Peach on a Leash run like clockwork!
Stella has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Oglethorpe University, and has a passion for working with and helping animals. We especially love that she fosters dogs for the Atlanta Humane Society and Angels Among Us Pet Rescue!
Alex and her team are passionate about staying up-to-date on the latest modern behavioral science. Their methods are rooted in positive reinforcement, providing effective and long-lasting results without causing your dog any fear or pain. Just like those in the medical community take a pledge to “do no harm,” we make the same promise to our clients and their dogs.
We do not utilize prong, choke, or remote collars in training. We guide dogs into making appropriate choices and set clear and consistent boundaries, providing you with the results you’re looking for without frightening your dog in the process. You don’t need harsh training equipment to achieve the results you’re looking for – you just need someone with the skills and experience it takes to train using the most modern methods!
Want more information on our training methods? Read this blog we wrote on the subject.