Our Tail

Our tail (or our tale for those who don’t like puns) starts with Gail Kroll, our beloved matriarch! After going to school to be a professional dog groomer, she opened her own salon (Lil Waggler’s Bath n Splash!) in Chicago IL. After a number of years KILLING it in Chicago, she met a man, got hitched, had the most amazing daughter EVER, and then set up her new shop in South County, where it stayed, until she hung up her clippers in 2001! Now she’s the head of our House Sitting and Dog Walking department, as well as Chief of Hug Distribution! Bad Dog Basics wouldn’t have ever even been a thing without her!

Gail Kroll

Melissa Kroll is obviously very much intertwined with her mama’s! If Melissa hadn’t grown up surrounded by dogs, who know what she would have done with her life! Luckily, she has always lived a life of animals…dogs, cats, guinea pigs, horses, birds, and even a few squirrels! When it came time for Miss Mellie to do something with her life, being a dog trainer was a pretty obvious choice! Not only does Melissa have YEARS of animal experience, she also studied hard with Animal Behavior College (she’s now a mentor for their graduates!), and became a certified professional dog trainer in 2007! She’s always striving to learn more, do more, and make a bigger difference…That’s why she volunteers so much of her time with Save One Soul Animal Rescue League. She LOVES helping people reach a newer level of communication and trust with animals and intends to spend the rest of her life doing just that.

Melissa Kroll
Head Trainer/Owner
401-932-0922 (prefers texts)

Jocelyn Cobb Photo

Jocelyn Cobb and Melissa Kroll met when Jocelyn became a volunteer for Save One Soul Animal Rescue League, and they immediately clicked! Jocelyn grew more and more enthralled with the training process, and made the HUGE decision to change her life up quite a bit, and become a professional trainer! While she’s still “technically” in the apprentice phase, her knowledge grows by leaps and bounds every day, and she’ll finish the same program Melissa graduated from over 10 years ago! When Jozzy isn’t training, she can be found volunteering a MILLION hours with Save One Soul helping people find their perfect dog!

Jocelyn Cobb

Trainer/Right Hand

MartaMarta San Martino and Melissa met when Marta was volunteering at an Always Adopt event and became an instant fan of Melissa’s training style. Marta grew up with every pet imaginable and started pet sitting at a young age. Between her 11+ years in childcare and pet sitting, she’s had plenty of experience in nurturing and teaching all types. Marta previously taught for a year at a small business in south county and came to Melissa for even more pup training knowledge. She’s an avid reader on the topic and huge dog fan, always striving to learn more about how they think!

Serving South Kingstown and surrounding areas including and not limited to; South county, Washington county, Kent county Rhode Island.

Bad Dog Basics
South Kingstown, RI 02879
401 932 0922
Tuesday thru Sunday