Penny L., CPDT-KA

AKC Canine Good Citizen® evaluator, an Animal Behavior College mentor, a former dog training committee chairman and board member of a local animal shelter and sanctuary.

Penny began training and competing with dogs in 1988 and teaches dog training classes including puppy, basic obedience, competition and agility. She is an AKC Canine Good Citizen® evaluator, an Animal Behavior College mentor, a former dog training committee chairman and board member of a local animal shelter and sanctuary. Penny has also competed in flyball, herding, barn hunt, coursing ability, retriever hunt tests, and dock diving with her dogs. Her current competition dogs include three Border Collies, two mixed-breeds, a Keeshond, and an in-training Belgian Malinois.

Milena B.

Milena studied dog training at the Animal Behavior College (ABC) and graduated as a certified dog trainer.

"The best part about training is watching the whole family get in to it. It's great to spend that time together. My philosophy is to focus on the solution and not on the problem."

A native of Venezuela, Milena is our resident bilingual trainer and is happy to assist our Spanish-speaking dog owners. About 12 years ago, Milena and her family moved to the United States where she started volunteering at an animal shelter. The experience inspired her to pursue a career to help dogs and their owners have a longer and more enriching relationship.

Milena studied dog training at the Animal Behavior College (ABC) and graduated as a certified dog trainer. She is also an ABC Certified Dog Groomer and has continued her education even further, earning certificates in Pet Massage, and Training Shelter Dogs.

"The best part about training is watching the whole family get in to it. It's great to spend that time together," Milena said. "My philosophy is to focus on the solution and not on the problem."

Erin J.

Erin has served as a veterinary technician, kennel technician, dog trainer and an animal control officer.

Erin has been involved in working with animals all of her life. She began riding and showing horses at a young age, as well as teaching tricks to the family's dog. As an adult, she has devoted her life to working with animals and has served as a veterinary technician, kennel technician, dog trainer and an animal control officer.

Erin also teaches dog training classes, including flyball and agility at a dog training facility in Raleigh. Her two Border Collies, Pug, Flat-Coated Retriever, Mastiff and bully-breed mix dogs are her life. She competes with her dogs in flyball, agility, and conformation and also enjoys taking her pack swimming.

Breanne L.

Breanne has titled her Papillon in AKC Rally®, obedience, agility, and AKC Canine Good Citizen® since he retired from performing therapy dog work.

"With consistency and the right motivation, any dog can learn to live happily with its human family."

Breanne started training at age 7 when she taught her Poodle mix to roll-over and shake hands, and has been utilizing her skills ever since. Most recently she has titled her Papillon in AKC Rally®, obedience, agility, and AKC Canine Good Citizen® since he retired from performing therapy dog work. She is also working with her family's mixed-breed in flyball and agility.

Breanne has also been horseback riding since the age of 8, and competes in hunter/jumpers and applies dog training principles to horse training.

Breanne believes in positive reinforcement training and using each dog's preferences to shape their behavior. "With consistency and the right motivation, any dog can learn to live happily with its human family."

Kim M.

Kim has degrees in mathematics, physiology, and was a biomechanical engineer.

"I think my role as a dog trainer is actually more of a communication facilitator between dogs and their families. Since every situation is unique, sometimes you have to use a little creativity to bridge that communication gap. Achieving the end goal of happy dogs with happy dog families never fails to make me smile."

Kim began training her family dog in obedience at a very young age and ever since, dog training has been her passion. In addition to what she has learned through her obedience training, she also has degrees in mathematics, physiology, and was a biomechanical engineer. Kim and her Border Collie, Caly, enjoy agility, herding, obedience, and AKC Rally®.

"I think my role as a dog trainer is actually more of a communication facilitator between dogs and their families," Kim said. "Since every situation is unique, sometimes you have to use a little creativity to bridge that communication gap. Achieving the end goal of happy dogs with happy dog families never fails to make me smile."

Elizabeth S.

Elizabeth is an avid competitor in several dog sports, including AKC Rally® and agility.

"I believe in positive reinforcement training and believe it creates a great bond between you and your dog. The more time you can spend on consistent and positive training, the greater the rewards are for you and your dog."

Elizabeth, along with Shelties, Nivy and Sandy, is an avid competitor in several dog sports, including AKC Rally® and agility. She and Nivy are also a therapy dog team, bringing comfort and happiness to residents of an assisted living center.

"I believe in positive reinforcement training and believe it creates a great bond between you and your dog," she said. "The more time you can spend on consistent and positive training, the greater the rewards are for you and your dog."

Kate W., CPDT-KA

Kate is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed, a full member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and holds TAGteach primary certification.

"I strongly believe in positive reinforcement training and communicating with our dogs, teaching them the behaviors that we want and guiding them away from the behaviors that we don't want. One of my favorite things about being a trainer is helping owners and their dogs get to that moment of understanding: Simultaneous light bulbs!"

When not answering client calls to the AKC GoodDog!SM Helpline, Kate and her mixed-breed dog, Finnigan, CGCA practice K9 Nose Work, obedience training and try out new exercises for her students. Kate also teaches basic and advanced manners classes for puppies and adult dogs.

"I strongly believe in positive reinforcement training and communicating with our dogs, teaching them the behaviors that we want and guiding them away from the behaviors that we don't want," she said. "One of my favorite things about being a trainer is helping owners and their dogs get to that moment of understanding: Simultaneous light bulbs!"

Christie C., CPDT-KA

Christie Is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed Certified Instructor (CPDT-KA), a Certified Dognition Evaluator (CDE), a Certified Therapy Dog Instructor and Evaluator for Canines for Therapy, and a lead instructor for Teamworks Dog Training, LLC since 2006.

Christie specializes in Therapy Dog training, Canine Cognition, and the Human-Canine Bond. Christie has a 7 year old Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever named Kai."

Erin R.

Erin started from the very beginning with a love for animals of all shapes and sizes.

Growing up she was active in animal rescue and training, with a particular passion in horse back riding and training competition dogs. She currently works as a veterinary technician, as a trainer at a local dog training facility and is going to school to be a veterinarian. She lives with her nine dogs and has competed and titled dogs in rally, herding, obedience, agility, flyball and lure coursing.