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About dogtec
What We Do
dogtec is a full-service business and marketing support organization for the dog pro industry. We help positive dog professionals set up, operate, and prosper in their chosen field, be that dog training, dog walking, pet sitting, dog daycare, or dog boarding.

We offer one-on-one consulting, business tools and services tailored to dog professionals, workshops, dog walking certification, and more. Read our Mission Statement.
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Who We Are

Veronica Boutelle, MA Ed., CTC
Veronica is the former Director of Behavior & Training at the San Francisco SPCA. She has been helping dog professionals create their dream businesses since 2003.


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.


Teoti Anderson, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP

Teoti is the author of many books, including The Dog Behavior Problem Solver, Animal Planet Dogs 101 Dog Training, and Your Outta Control Puppy. A regular columnist for Modern Dog magazine, her work has also appeared in Southern Living, New York Times, DogFancy, Puppies USA, and Whole Dog Journal. She hosts the Get Pawsitive Results show on Pet Life Radio. A popular conference speaker, Teoti has given presentations to fellow trainers across the United States as well as in Japan. She served on the board of directors of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers for six years, serving as President for three.


Before leaving her corporate job of 25 years to pursue dog training full-time, Teoti served as a managing editor in the corporate communications division for one of the country’s leading insurance companies. She has written national, award-winning communications for print, broadcast, and websites. She brings her 20+ years of training and business management experience to the dog*tec consulting team.


Alexis Davison, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP

Alexis is committed to the education and support of fellow dog professionals. She is a Karen Pryor Academy faculty member, charged with teaching the KPA Dog Trainer Professional Program in Australia. She serves as the dog*tec Dog Walking Academy instructor for all of Australia, occasionally offering the program to dog walkers in England and New Zealand as well. And she provides one-on-one support as a dog*tec business consultant.


Alexis is a nationally accredited Dog Behavioral Trainer with a Certificate IV in Dog Behavioral Training in Australia, a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), and an internationally Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Named 2014 Dog Trainer of the Year by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia, Alexis’ professional memberships also include the American Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the Pet Professional Guild Australia.


Doug Duncan, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, CTC

The first trainer in the state of Oregon to hold his Certified Behavior Consultant Canine-Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA) title from the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers, Doug studied with Jean Donaldson and Janis Bradley at the San Francisco Academy for Dog Trainers to earn his Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC). Doug is also a CPDT-KA and serves on the Education Committee for the CCPDT. He shares the knowledge he’s gained as a successful dog business owner through his roles as dog*tec business consultant and Dog Walking Academy instructor, as well as via writing for industry journals and speaking at conferences, such as the Daycare & Boarding Expo.



Tia has been a professional dog trainer and instructor for more than two decades with experience in virtually all facets of the dog services industry. Tia was the first and founding director of Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior, assisting in the creation of its flagship Dog Trainer Professional course. She also played a central role in the creation of the Victoria Stilwell Academy curriculum. Tia is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, an Associate Certified Animal Behavior Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, a Level 2 TAGteacher through TAGteach International, a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, and a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the American Kennel Club.


Tia understands what it is to start and run a dog business, having opened a daycare, training, and boarding facility back in 1999 when dog daycare was practically unheard of. Sold in 2004, that business continues to thrive. Today, Tia revels in helping fellow dog professionals do the same through her work as a dog*tec business consultant.


Carol Goldschmidt, MSc.

The founding President of the APDT Chile, Carol has been instrumental in spreading professional R+ training in her country. As founder and owner of Buen Perro and a regular TV guest expert on dog behavior and training, Carol popularized clicker training in Chile and raised awareness of training as an alternative to abandonment. Carol works tirelessly to provide educational opportunities for professional dog trainers in Spanish through the APDT Chile conferences, web seminars, and as a dog*tec business consultant. She holds a MSc. in Animal Science with a specialty in Animal Behavior and Welfare.


Sarah Hoth, MBA, BA, BS, KPA-CTP

Sarah brings together dual backgrounds in both training and business to guide dog*tec clients to meet their business and career goals. On the training side, Sarah is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and Dog Walking Academy graduate and the owner of The Persuaded Pooch in St. Louis, MO. On the business side, she sports a master’s degree in business along with bachelor’s degrees in communications and the social sciences, as well as 15 years of experience in sales and marketing. Sarah is an AKC Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy evaluator and her experience includes training both service and therapy dogs.


Deborsha Lashway
Deborsha, our Operations Manager and Awesomeness Incarnate, 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 dog*tec, 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 DWA in Phoenix and to help train new instructors each year in San Francisco. 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. Mik is formerly 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.


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.


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.


Erin Moore

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 Elvin

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.


Josh Boutelle, CPDT-KA

Josh has an extensive career in training and walking dogs and enjoys helping dogs and their people live happier lives, as well as contributing to the professional development of fellow dog professionals. He is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and a graduate of the Dog Training Internship Academy, a rigorous 6 month program focusing on canine behavior, behavior modification, and an evidence-based approach to dog training. Josh owns City Pups SF, a successful dog walking and training company in San Francisco. 


Laura Sharkey PhD, KPA-CTP

Laura has a PhD in microbiology and immunology from Georgetown University, but left her job as a research scientist in 2002 to open WOOFS! Dog Training Center. There she teaches group training classes, offers private training and behavior modification, and oversees the daycare and boarding services. Laura is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy and makes a point to attend at least one training conference every year in addition to local seminars. In her “spare” time Laura fosters pregnant moms and their pups, fosters and trains parrots, and clicker trains horses.


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.


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.


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.


Stacy Braslau-Schneck, MA CPDT-KA CBCC-KA CAP2
Stacy holds a Master’s degree in the Psychology of Human and Animal Cognition, is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Certified Professional Canine Consultant, and has achieved Kay Lawrence’s Competency Assessment Program Level 2 with distinction. Stacy has been teaching pet owners and fellow dog professionals since 1995, including assisting with the conversion of the San Francisco SPCA public dog training classes to positive reinforcement techniques in 1998, the same year she opened Stacy’s Wag ‘n’ Train to provide private training and group classes in Silicon Valley. Stacy is the author of numerous behavior and training articles and the popular Animal Trainer’s Guide.


An active board member for the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, Ruth holds her Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Certified Professional Canine Consultant certifications, Knowledge Assessed. She is a graduate of Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers and a co-instructor for Dr. Susan Friedman’s Living & Learning with Animals course. She has co-owned and operated a dog walking and training business, Seattle Pet Pals, since 2003. Ruth lives with four dogs and competes in agility training with her Border Collie.


Barbara Walmer, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA, KPA-CTP, TAGteach Level 1
Barbara is Department Head of Behaviour at the Calgary Humane Society and has been training professionally for over 15 years. Her qualifications include Certified Pet Dog Trainer Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA), Tellington TTouch Practitioner Level 2, Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP), TAGteach Level 1, and Certified Behaviour Consultant Canine – Knowledge Assessed. Barbara is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers (CAPPDT) and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). Barbara enjoys training and competing with her own dogs and currently shares her home with three Golden Retrievers and a Papillion. 


Laura Monaco Torelli, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA
Laura began her training career at Chicago’s esteemed Shedd Aquarium, where she trained beluga whales, dolphins, sea and river otters, seals, and penguins. She also trained primates, large cats, birds of prey, kangaroos, giraffes, and red pandas during her time as lead supervisory trainer for the Brookfield Zoo. Laura currently serves as a Karen Pryor Academy faculty member and as Teaching Assistant for Dr. Susan Friedman’s Living & Learning with Animals course. Laura is a regular presenter at professional animal training conferences, including Clicker Expo, the APDT, SVBT, and TAGteach International. She holds her CPDT-KA and is a TAGteach Level 3 instructor. Laura offers private in-home dog training and group classes through her business Animal Behavior Training Concepts in Chicago.  


Brian Burton, CDBC, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP
Brian is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP), and AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Always learning, Brian is currently a MA Candidate in Animal Behavior & Conservation at Hunter College. He is a professional member of both the APDT and the K-9 Dog Trainers’ Association, and previously served on the IAABC board. Brian co-founded Instinct Dog Training in New York City and focuses his training work on dogs with significant behavior issues, including fear, anxiety, and aggression. He shares his busy home with three Pit Bull mixes and two Rat Terrier mixes. 


Sarah Fraser, CDBC, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP
Sarah is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP), and AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Committed to continuing education, Sarah is currently a MA Candidate in Animal Behavior & Conservation at Hunter College. She is a professional member of both the APDT and the K-9 Dog Trainers’ Association, and serves on the IAABC Ethics Committee. Sarah co-founded Instinct Dog Training in New York City and has helped hundreds of dogs suffering from significant behavior issues, including fear, anxiety, and aggression. She lives with three Pit Bull mixes and two Rat Terrier mixes.


Rhiannon Taylor, CDW
Rhiannon holds her Diploma in Canine Behaviour and is a full member of both the Association of Pet Dog Trainers NZ and the Pet Professionals Guild. She is a dogtec Certified Dog Walker and a PetTech Pet First Aid Instructor. Rhiannon has lent her experience to the Canine Team at the Auckland SPCA and also serves as an active SPCA Canine Foster Parent. Rhiannon began her training career as a primary school teacher before switching from human pupils to canine students. 


Maureen Backman, MS, CTC, PCT-A
Maureen’s particular strength is combining her knowledge of counseling along with her studies in animal learning and behavior to help people understand how to communicate and work with dogs. In addition to offering private dog training services through her business Mutt About Town, Maureen is the founding director of The Muzzle Up! Project, which partners with local businesses, rescues and trainers in San Francisco and across the world to educate the public about dog behavior and safety, and to de-stigmatize the use of muzzles. Maureen also blogs for and teaches classes at the San Francisco SPCA. She graduated with honors from Jean Donaldson’s prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers, is certified in training by the Pet Professional Guild, and has a master’s degree in rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

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