Meet our Instructors

Julie Flanery, CPDT-KA, RFE-CI has been working with dogs and their owners since 1995. She is certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the Association of Companion Animal Behavior Counselors, and prides herself on staying educated on current advances in training and behavior. She has placed obedience, rally, agility, parkour, Rally-FrEe, and Trick Dog titles on her dogs, has earned Championships in Rally-FrEeFreestyle and Heelwork to Music, and 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 is also a judge for WCFO.  In 2012, Julie developed the sport of Rally-FrEe, now enjoyed by dog-sport enthusiasts all over the world. Julie has appeared on television, radio, and in several news and magazine articles sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge of canine behavior and training.

 

 

Sharon Gretch, CPDT-KA, ABCDT, RFE-CI is a certified dog trainer through Animal Behavior College and the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.  She joined Wonder Dogs in 2009. An avid lifelong learner, she continues her education by attending seminars on canine behavior and positive reinforcement training techniques. Sharon has placed Freestyle, Rally-FrEe, Rally titles and the Canine Good Citizen certification on her dogs and remains active in these sports!

 

Sharon Gakstatter, CPDT-KSA, is certified through Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and is a Wag It Games certified instructor. Sharon has been training and competing with dogs since 1996. She thrives on learning and continues to attend professional workshops and seminars. She has dedicated years to helping shelter animals find their forever homes and helping adopters build trust and Sharon Gakstatterconfidence in their new canine companions. Sharon appreciates the bond people have with their dogs and has an emphasis on increasing the human animal bond through force-free training. She competes in Agility and Nose Work with her rescue dogs. Sharon has a love for the reactive/fearful dogs. She is our behavior specialist for one on one consultations and instructs our S.T.A.R. (Solutions and Training for Anxiety and Reactivity) classes, helping dogs gain confidence and trust in their human partners. Every dog and handler comes with a different skill set and helping them achieve their goals is particularly inspiring.

 

Joan Hagar has been working with dogs for over 20 years. She has placed obedience, rally, agility, herding, ring sport and tracking titles joannrocky_100pxon her 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.  Joan teaches upper level agility classes and her students love her classes! In her day job Joan is as an ecologist for the U.S. Geological Survey.

 

 

 

Lisa Tedder, CPDT-KA is certified through  Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She has been working with Wonder Dogs since 2010, 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. 

 Lisa Tedder