Veronica is the author of How to Run a Dog Business and the co-author of Minding Your Dog Business, writes business columns for APDT’s Chronicle of the Dog and the Canadian APDT’s Forum, and is a sought-after speaker at conferences and dog training schools across the country.
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.
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.
Kim Moeller, CTC, CPDT-KA, BA Business Administration
Co-creator of the dog*tec Dog Walking Academy, Kim continues to teach the San Francisco sections and help train new instructors. She is the dog-dog socialization and rehabilitation expert at the SF/SPCA, where in 2002 she was awarded an honorary certificate in dog-dog aggression by Jean Donaldson. She is the author of Reactive Rover: An Owner's Guide to On Leash Dog Aggression and has written articles for various industry publications. Kim has become a respected authority on dog-dog issues, speaking across the country and internationally, in places as far-flung as Spain and New Zealand. Several of her 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.
Emma owns Pawsitive Tails, a dog training and daycare facility in San Francisco, CA. She is an honor’s graduate of the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers’ 1999 pilot program where she studied under esteemed trainer Jean Donaldson. In addition, Emma has studied Companion Animal Behavior at the University of Southampton, U.K., and holds a degree in neuroscience from the University of Sussex. She lives in San Francisco with her two dogs, Curious and Max, and a cat named Dips. Emma teaches UK sections of the DWA and co-teaches Summer sessions in San Francisco as well.
Erin earned her dog training certification from South African Dog Training College in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is the owner of Pack Runners, a boarding and walking company in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Erin counts herself extremely fortunate to spend her days hiking the gorgeous mountain trails in canine company—even on rainy days it beats an office job, in her opinion. At home, she is kept on her toes by two nimble and quick-witted Border Collies who never tire of learning, problem solving, and running very fast, preferably on an agility court.
Kim Buchanan, CPDT
Kim Buchanan is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and the owner of Fetch Dog Resort in Indianapolis, IN. Since opening in 2006, the resort has grown to employ 9 people and was recently honored with the Angie’s List Super Service Award. Fetch specializes in day training and an approach to dog daycare that helps dogs learn appropriate group play behavior. Kim lives with her husband, three boxers, a Doberman, and a red boned coon hound. The seven of them share their home with various visiting foster dogs either from the local Boxer Rescue group or from Indianapolis shelters.
Kimberly Burgan, CPDT
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 U.S. trainers accredited through renowned behaviorist John Rogerson’s Northern Centre for Canine Behaviour (UK). Kimberly owns Kimberly Burgan Dog Training in Austin, TX, where she teaches dog training in private session and group classes, and consults on canine behavior cases. She is the author of the children's book, Poppy and Puppy Are Friends: A Child's Introduction to Responsible Dog Ownership.
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.
Sarah 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 her work as a service dog trainer for people with disabilities. In addition to training, Sarah has extensive experience as a dog walker and in dog daycare environments, which she combines with 15 years’ experience as a higher education teacher to help her 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.
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