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.
Sharon Gakstatter – CPDT-KSA, CNWI
Sharon is certified through Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Sharon has been training and competing with dogs for 16 years. 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 confidence 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, helping them 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.
Lisa Tedder – CPDT-KA
Lisa Tedder 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.
Alyssa Chertude- CPDT-KA
Alyssa Chertude has been working for Wonder Dogs since 2014 and has been involved in dog sports since 2008. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Animal Science from OSU and has attended many continuing education classes in the field of positive dog training and canine behavior. Her education gives her a strong background in the science behind learning and training, as well as working with both the human and the canine team member. She has titled her dogs in agility, nose work, barn hunt, and Rally-FrEe. She loves foundation for agility training and conditioning for sport dogs.
Joan Hagar has been working with dogs for almost 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.
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!