Julie Flanery – CPDT-KA | RFE-CI
Julie has been working with dogs and their owners since 1995. She is certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and is a highly sought after instructor at Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, an online school for dog sport trainers.
Julie prides herself on staying educated on current advances in training and behavior and has placed Obedience, Rally, Agility, Rally-FrEe, Musical Freestyle and Heelwork-to-Music titles on her dogs. She has earned a Grand Championship with distinction in Rally-FrEe, and Championships in Freestyle and Heelwork to Music. Julie continues to compete and perform at public demonstrations.
She has been an invited seminar and workshop presenter nationally and internationally. In 2001 Julie was named “Trainer of the Year” by the World Canine Freestyle Organization and has been a freestyle judge since 2003. Julie has appeared on television, radio, and in several news and magazine articles sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge of canine behavior and training.
Lisa Tedder – CPDT-KA
Lisa Tedder is certified through Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She has been working with Wonder Dogs since 2012, teaching owners positive and clear ways to communicate with their dogs. Lisa gets inspired every time a dog figures out how to become an active participant in their own learning process. Though focusing mainly on the Puppy and Life Skills classes at Wonder Dogs, she has trained in Agility, Rally-FrEe and has titled her dog in Canine Parkour. Lisa particularly enjoys enrichment exercises that help dogs build confidence and body awareness.
Jenn Michaelis, CPDT-KA, RFE-CI
Jenn is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the National Association of Canine Scent Work, an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen program, and a Certified Rally-FrEe Instructor and an Executive Board Member for the Musical Dog Sport Association.
Jenn has been training professionally since 2003 and is committed to training dogs with force-free positive-reinforcement training techniques that are fun, effective, and easy to learn. She enjoys empowering and educating dog guardians to create a well-behaved and cherished family member.
Jenn enjoys teaching pet obedience, dog fitness, dog parkour and helping handlers heal their dog’s reactivity issues. She also specializes in Tricks, Canine Musical Freestyle, and Rally-FrEe.
Her students regularly compete and title in rally-free and musical freestyle
Her current dogs compete in Rally-FrEe, Musical Freestyle, and Canine Nosework. Her Cane Corso, Terra, is the first dog to earn Musical Dog Sport Association’s highest title, a Premier title, and the first dog to earn Rally Freestyle Element’s highest freestyle title, Musical Freestyle Grand Champion. Her rescue Chinese Crested, Ringo, recently earned his RFE Musical Freestyle Champion Title and also enjoys demoing in her classes and at public events.
Sharon Gretch – ABCDT, CPDT-KA, RFE-CI
Sharon is a certified dog trainer through Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and a graduate of Animal Behavior College. She started with Wonder Dogs in 2008 and loves seeing the relationship between dog and handler blossom through force-free training. She is an avid lifelong learner and is committed to providing the most effective solutions to her student needs thus continues her education by attending seminars on canine behavior and positive reinforcement training techniques. She enjoys competing in a variety of dog sports and has placed K9 Nose Work, Rally, Rally-FrEe, Musical Freestyle, In-Sync and Heelwork to Music titles on her dogs and earned her Grand Championship in Rally-FrEe and Championship in Musical Freestyle. Sharon is excited to share her knowledge and help her students reach their goals; be they in the performance ring or having a dog that is a joy to live with!
Dave has been training dogs for sports and work for more than 20 years. He and his Belgian shepherds have competed at advanced levels in agility for 10 years, participated in AKC and UKC obedience events, have been awarded High in Trial on AHBA French-style herding courses, earned eight AKC tracking titles, and have seven years’ experience training and competing in French ring. Dave has also trained dogs professionally for multiple wildlife detection projects.
Dave served as the Northwest coordinator for the Belgian Sheepdog Rescue Trust and has facilitated adoptions for dozens of dogs of all breeds and mixes. Dave and his wife, Joan Hagar, also breed Belgian shepherds under the name Kennel Obsidian.
Dave’s approach to training is based on a belief that the dog should perceive almost no difference between training and play, even while the play is being directed toward teaching the dog a particular skill set. The sky is the limit when a dog loves to engage in play with his/her human partner.
Anne Minnich, CPDT-KA
Anne Minnich has been certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers since 2005. Starting in college, Anne has worked in animal shelters, and she ran her own border collie rescue organization for 15 years. This allowed her to work with many dogs and to see how different dogs learn in different ways. She also trains dogs professionally for movies and commercials, giving her a perspective on how environment can also affect dog learning. Anne volunteers with the 4H program in Benton County, Power Paws.
Anne is an agility addict and has trained and competed at advanced levels with four dogs over 17 years. She has received championship titles with all of her agility dogs, except for the most recent who is only 3 and still up and coming. Anne also enjoys tracking and has achieved her tracking dog title (TD).
Joan Hagar has been working with dogs for over 20 years. She has placed obedience, rally, agility, herding and tracking titles on her 3 Belgian Shepherds and stays active in the competition ring. Her dogs are an example of how far positive reinforcement training can take both Pet and Performance Dogs. In her day job Joan is as an ecologist for the U.S. Geological Survey.