Veronica is the author of How to Run a Dog Business and The Business of Dog Walking, the co-author of Minding Your Dog Business, writes business columns for APDT's Chronicle of the Dog and other industry journals, and is a sought-after speaker at conferences and dog training schools across the country and internationally.
Gina Phairas, BSc Comms, CTC
Gina is a former San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers instructor and a trainer with extensive experience in the dog service industry. A dynamic speaker and gifted teacher, Gina helps dog pros break their goals down and achieve them step by step, offering invaluable guidance, humor, and support along the way.
Gina previously ran a successful dog training business of her own and consulted for shelters and rescue groups across the country.
Kimberly Burgan, CPDT-KA
Kimberly is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a professional member of the APDT, an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and a nationally recognized, award-winning dog trainer with over 12 years of experience. She is one of only a handful of U.S. trainers accredited through renowned behaviorist John Rogerson’s Northern Centre for Canine Behaviour (UK). Director of the dog*tec Dog Walking Academy Certification Program, Kimberly also teaches the program in Austin, TX. A wearer of many hats, Kimberly additionally lends her teaching and support talents as a dog*tec business consultant, helping dog pros reach their career goals. She is the author of the children's book, Poppy and Puppy Are Friends: A Child's Introduction to Responsible Dog Ownership and continues to be a driving force for proactive education for dog-bite prevention and rewards-based training.
Deborsha, our office manager, wears multiple hats within the company. On the finance side, she handles client billing, all accounts receivable and payable, invoicing, monitoring of cash flow, and bank reconciliations. On the customer service side, she is the first point of contact and handles incoming mail, email, and phone calls. And on the office management side, she is in charge of everything from purchasing supplies to order fulfillment of every product we offer. She is, in other words, indispensable.
Before joining dogtec, Deborsha held administration management positions in the health-care industry.
Mik Moeller, CTC, CPDT-KA, BA Business Administration
Co-creator of the dog*tec Dog Walking Academy, Mik continues to teach the San Francisco sections and help train new instructors. He is the dog-dog socialization and rehabilitation expert at the SF/SPCA, where in 2002 he was awarded an honorary certificate in dog-dog aggression by Jean Donaldson. Mik is the author of Reactive Rover: An Owner's Guide to On Leash Dog Aggression and has written articles for various industry publications. A respected authority on dog-dog issues, Mik speaks across the country and internationally, in places as far-flung as Spain and New Zealand. Several of his seminars and workshops have become popular DVDs for trainers looking to hone their dog-dog practices.
Denise Mazzola, CPDT, CAP 2, Rally 3, CDX
Denise served for 10 years as the Head Trainer and Director of Business for the Monadnock Canine Academy, where she designed and taught a 6-day program for beginning dog trainers. She holds multiple training credentials including the CPDT, CAP Level 2, Rally Obedience Level 3, and a CDX. Denise now runs a thriving boarding, daycare, and training business.
Linda McVay, CSS, CDW
Linda has 20 years’ experience working with dogs, beginning as a professional dog walker and then becoming a trainer. A graduate of the Canine Studies Program, Linda managed a dog training studio before opening her own, UCLA Dogs, with Andrea Stone. In addition to teaching people to become professional dog walkers, Linda develops and teaches training classes and writes award-winning articles on dog behavior.
Andrea Stone, CSS, CDW
Andrea has worked with and trained dogs since 1993. A valedictorian graduate of the Canine Studies Program, Andrea has a wealth of hands-on knowledge—and a gift for sharing it. Her work has ranged from professional dog walking to private training to designing and teaching unique, positive-based conformation classes. Andrea is the co-owner of the University Canine Learning Academy.
Lisa Waggoner, CPDT-KA, PMCT
Lisa has been training dogs since 1996. She’s the founder of Cold Nose College in Murphy, North Carolina, where she provides behavior consulting and training solutions for her clients through small group classes, day school, and private training. Lisa is a CPDT-KA and a Pat Miller Certified Trainer (Level 2). She’s also a freelance writer with a dog training & behavior specialty and a reviewer for APDT’s Chronicle of the Dog.
Brad Waggoner, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP
Brad is a certified professional dog trainer and co-owner of Cold Nose College, where he works with clients both one on one and through group classes. He is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Training & Behavior. Brad is also a Pet Tech certified Pet First Aid and CPR instructor. His love of teaching and training are evident in the way he uses positive reinforcement techniques with both dogs and their humans. Brad is a School Education Program volunteer where he helps students learn about humane dog training, pet safety and dog bite prevention.
Nan Arthur, CDBC, CPDT-KSA, KPACTP, TAGteach PC
Author of Chill Out Fido! How To Calm Your Dog, Nan brings 20 years of experience to her teaching of both dog professionals and pet dog owners. Nan is a Karen Pryor Academy faculty member, holds the highest certification available by the Certification Council For Professional Dog Trainers, and is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant. Through her business Whole Dog Training, Nan and her staff provide dog training classes and private training for both dogs and cats and their people. Nan is also a certified Veterinary Assistant and an award winning writer and photographer.
Chey Anne Tamashiro, KPA-CTP
Chey Anne is the owner of Mutts About You, the training director for Pennies from Heaven Dog Rescue, and a class trainer at Whole Dog Training, all in San Diego, CA. She is a graduate of the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior and a passionate believer in force-free dog training. Chey Anne is a member of Pet Sitters International (PSI), Dog Scouts of America, Pet Professional Guild, and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She is also Pet First Aid and CPR Certified.
Erin qualified as a dog trainer in South Africa in 2004. She wanted to expand her experience working with positive reinforcement with dogs and moved to Canada in 2007 to do so. She owned and operated a successful dog walking business for a number of years. She currently owns and operates Pawsitive Connection Dog Training & Services where she is very excited to offer the dogtec Dog Walking Academy, Dogsafe Canine First Aid classes and both puppy and adult dog training classes. She has a passion for helping to connect people (both pet parents and dog professionals) with their dogs to develop strong bonds and relationships, positively.
Kelly Elvin, CPDT-KA
Kelly has been coaching clients and their dogs for over 13 years. She is the founder of TipTopTails Dog Training in Grand Junction, Michigan, where she offers group classes, individual lessons, and behavior modification services. Kelly is a strong believer in positive reinforcement training for dogs and humans. She enjoys teaching clients how to train with cooperation instead of confrontation, and loves the moment when the client and the dog "get it" and realize they can communicate effectively. Kelly holds certification from the Certification Council For Professional Dog Trainers, CPDT-KA, has titled a dog in both rally obedience and agility, and currently trains her dogs in agility and nose work.
Matt has worked as a certified Missing Animal Response Technician since 2007, including training a dog to scent for missing cats. He studied under Kat Albrecht, founder of Missing Pet Partnership (MPP), and served on MPP's Board of Directors for three years. Matt furthered his knowledge of animal behavior and training while spending time with Patricia McConnell, Ph.D, CAAB, on safari in Africa and at her farm in Wisconsin. Matt is currently lead instructor for all scent work classes at TipTopTails Dog Training.
Alison is the Curriculum Coordinator and a Senior Dog Trainer at Canine Link Training and Career Academy, the Director of Research and Content Development at FetchFind, and serves on the Board of Directors as a canine behavior consultant for Be Fido’s Friend, a foster-based rescue organization. Before wearing all of these hats, Alison began her path in the animal world as a dog walker and pet sitter after leaving her previous career as a lawyer. At home, Alison practices her training skills on Sonar, her deaf terrier mix and Huck, a lab rescue.
Beck Rothke coordinates placement, training, and outreach for the Morris Service Dogs Program and received the 2013 Humanitarian of the Year award for the College of Applied Health Sciences at University of Illinois for his work as a service dog trainer for people with disabilities. In addition to training, Beck has extensive experience as a dog walker and in dog daycare environments, which he combines with 15 years’ experience as a higher education teacher to help his training and dog walking students achieve their goals using positive strategies.
Sue Walsh trained dogs in both Europe and the US before setting up shop in New Zealand, where she runs Dog Almighty, a successful training and walking business, serves as Coordinator for the Motueka SPCA Dog Foster Program, and as trainer for the Nelson ARK. Sue holds a Diploma in Canine Studies at Oxford College in the UK and completed an Internship in Dog Training and Behavior at the San Francisco SPCA. She also holds a masters degree in law and has a particular interest in animal welfare law. Sue is a fantastic teacher and speaker, and was honored as keynote speaker at the APDT NZ 2012 conference.
Carolina Rocha, DVM, MA in Animal Behavior
A veterinarian with an advanced degree in animal behavior from Sao Paulo University in Brazil, Carolina owns Pet Anjo, a company providing dog walking and pet sitting in five Brazilian cities. It is Carolina's desire to help bring positive reinforcement and safety practices to professional dog walking in her country. She is an eager student of dog behavior, traveling often for continuing education opportunities. She also holds a Certificate of Behavior Analysis LLA from Dr. Susan Friedman.
Caryn Charlie Liles, CPDT-KA
Founder of Whatta Pup! and The Toronto Centre for Canine Education, Caryn offers classes and private consults for all canines and their people, but specializes in what she calls the "socially-challenged dog." She is a Certified Professional Dog Training through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and has been training professionally since 2003, bringing a well-rounded background to her work, including knowledge in communication, leadership, and psychology. She has played the role of dog trainer on two live TV spots, including Toronto Speaks: Pet Talks and Doggy House Calls.
Meredith Duncan, CPDT-KA
Meredith is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and co-owner of Doggy Business LLC. She has been working with dogs since 2003, initially as a professional dog walker and then as the co-owner and operator of a boarding, training, and play group facility. Meredith teaches group classes—specializing in puppy training—and leads dog play groups. She has a Master's Degree in Archaeology.
Doug Duncan, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CTC
Doug has been working with dogs since 2001 is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and was the first Certified Behavior Consultant (CBCC-KA) in the state of Oregon. Doug is a graduate of the San Francisco SPCA's Academy for Dog Trainers (CTC). As co-owner of Doggy Business, Doug works with clients one-on-one, teaches group classes, and leads dog play groups. He specializes in private training with dogs who have fear or aggression issues. Doug is on the Education Committee for the CPDT and wrote a dog behavior column for Walk About Magazine for two years. He holds a Master's Degree in Anthropology.
June Kim, CPDT-KA
June is the first and still only trainer in Korea to have successfully attained her certification through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers. She is also a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, as well as Pet Sitters International and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters, and a certified PetTech instructor. June's passion for bringing scientific, humane training practices to Korea has led her to found PolangPolang, a progressive training, walking, and sitting company, and to bring the Dog Walking Academy to her native city of Seoul.
Pat Blocker, CPDT-KA
The author of Taking the Lead without Jerking the Leash: The Art of Mindful Dog Training, Pat has been training for over 20 years. She owns Peaceful Paws Dog Training, through which she specializes in canine behavior issues and also offers group training classes. She is a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and an evaluator for the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy programs. A dedicated educator, Pat delights in teaching dog guardians through public talks and as a featured writer in local dog magazines and newsletters, and in helping to shape the next generation of dog professionals as a training mentor and Dog Walking Academy instructor.
Kellyann Payne has been training professionally since 1986. In addition to running successful dog training, daycare, and boarding companies Kellyann co-founded PetsIncredible, through which she developed an award winning animal training DVD series for people with adopted shelter and rescue dogs. She became Director of Animal Training & Behavior and the Head Writer for Creative Content for the Animal Planet Pets Division after Animal Planet picked up the PetsIncredible series. Kellyann served for 6 years on the Association of Professional Dog Trainers Board of Directors, including her final year as President. She was a contributing editor for the award winning APDT Chronicle of The Dog magazine and in 2007 won the national Outstanding Trainer of the Year award. She is a regular guest co-host on the national radio show Talkin’ Pets.
Alexis Davison, DBTIV, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP
Alexis is a nationally accredited Dog Behavioural Trainer in Australia and holds a Certificate IV in Dog Behavioural Training. She is an internationally Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP). A faculty member of the Karen Pryor Academy, she teaches the KPA Dog Trainer Professional Program in Australia. Alexis is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) both in the USA and Australia and a member of the Pet Professional Guild. In addition to training trainers and dog walkers, Alexis continues to serve dogs and their people through her training business, Scholars in Collars ®. Alexis was named APDT Australia’s Trainer of the Year in 2014.
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