We are privileged to have these wonderful trainers to do classes for us when they are available. Please see the class page to see the current class schedule and sign up.
Pete is a 32-year law enforcement veteran. He retired from the Chula Vista Police Department after 24.5 years of service. He has handled and trained law enforcement K9’s for 20 years. Pete has personally handled 4 different Police Service Dogs during his career while training numerous others. Working in a border town kept Pete busy doing narcotics interdiction work and he has a knack for finding secret compartments in vehicles. He is an evaluator/certifying official for the state of California (CA POST) and California Narcotic Canine Association (CNCA) for patrol functions and narcotics detection. Pete is also a CNCA board member, NACSW Nosework Trial Judge, and an instructor for Canine/Puppy Cognition Testing and Assessment.
Lenny Ann Schudar has been ‘in dogs’ for a life time with a focus on positive training for over 25 years. She has finished multiple champions in AKC taking dogs to bronze and gold level championships. Competing in AKC National Owner Handler Series for conformation she has taken her dogs to nationally ranked Top 10 owner-handler multiple years.
Kyle has owned dogs her entire life. She became seriously interested in training and dog sports approximately 20 years ago when she bought her first South African Boerboel. She participates in AKC and non AKC events including conformation, obedience, rally, barn hunt, trailing and locating. As more opportunities become available, she plans to add many more sports!
On occasion, she breed her champion Boerboels. They are first and foremost her family members.
Kyle's passion for "all things dog" includes:
Director for the American Boerboel Club (parent club to the AKC), since its inception in 2006, Judge's Education Presenter/Mentor for the AKC Boerboel, Member of the Southwestern Rottweiler Club and member of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America. She is an AKC CGC Evaluator, AKC Temperament Test Evaluator and Farm Dog Judge. She enjoys spending time with, sharing knowledge and learning from folks that share a passion for all things dog!
Kathy and Billie, her tri smooth collie, started in the dog sports world almost seven years ago and Kathy says, "It has been the most rewarding time I have ever spent with my best friend. Billie and I participate in agility, barn hunt, scent work and rally. Unfortunately, Billie is my first sports dog. I have never done anything like this before and I wish that I had started years ago. So, if you have even the slightest interest, DO IT NOW…you will not regret it.!"
Faith McCune, author of Duffy’s World, Seeing the World through a Dog’s Eyes, found the dog sports world late in life. After raising a wild child Australian Shepherd for the first time, her husband decided “Nevermore!” to which Faith said, “One more time!” Faith won out and we are on our third generation of Aussie, each one far surpassing the other and leaving a legacy of wonder and amazement.
It's with thanks to wonderful trainers like Lauren Haskins (obedience), Rita Wolkiewicz
(rally), and an assortment of agility trainers who brought Faith into this wonderful world
with open arms to grow the bond she’s had with her dogs. To this end, we are paying it
forward to others who want to have the same relationship with their pups. It’s a
wonderful, happy world out there, when you have a dog!
Barb has been a pediatric RN for over 20 years and is the co-founder of SoCal Pitbull Team, a local non-profit that educates and advocates on behalf of dogs. She was part of a therapy dog team for many years with her certified/complex rated dog Buddy that has since passed away. She is true dog enthusiast and decided to become an ABC certified dog trainer after years of independent studying. She is passionate about providing the community access to reward based training while making it easy and fun! She has two rescued “pitties” Rocco and Josie that dispense a constant supply of love and laughter to her and her husband’s life.
Laurie has worked as a veterinary professional for over twenty years and has been offering pet home care for thirty years. She has completed over 200 hours of therapy dog training for Pawsitive Teams. She has also worked with active military on medical discharge training them on the benefits of having a service or emotional support dog to help them through recovery. In addition, she wrote a program for the veterans museum to educate the public on the original War Dogs and how they become working dogs to help veterans. She currently owns an in-home pet care business.
Laurie has owned and trained many different breeds of dogs. She loves working dogs and currently participates with her dogs in show, nosework, and dock diving.
I started at age 8 training the family Boxer. My dad was an expert trainer for about anything on four legs and taught her the basics. I later took group classes with my Mom with two of our Boxers (from a Pa. State Police officer in Hershey, Pa.) In 1960 I got my first Sheltie and took her to classes.
A few years later I acquired a totally unsocialized 5-month-old Sheltie from a BAD kennel. I thought that maybe taking her to group classes would help her get over her problems. Well, the neurotic Sheltie went through the classes and came out an almost normal dog!! Several of the clubs’ trainers approached me and asked me if I would join their training staff and that is how I got started teaching.
We lived in the country and I built up a very busy grooming and training business and a grooming school as well as teaching one night a week for Dauphin Dog Training.
Also, during this time I would travel to go to weekend training seminars given by the current gurus of obedience training.
When I moved to California in 1978 I immediately joined OCSDC to have a place to work my dogs. I was there sporadically to train whenever I had a new dog to start. I also taught some group classes with other private trainers at different locations around the county. I don’t remember exactly when I joined ABOCI. Over the years I taught for OCSDC when they needed someone.
Jasmine earned her Bachelors from Penn State University Altoona Campus in Environmental Studies and Natural Science. She acquired her continuing education degree in Conservation Biology from Columbia University in New York. Born and raised in New York City, her childhood consisted of caring for a myriad of pets which including black labs, a golden retriever, Guinea pigs, parakeets, finches, a cat, a cockatoo and an African gray parrot. While in Pennsylvania and NJ, she worked in animal husbandry for a wildlife sanctuary, humane society, as an assistant vet technician, and eventually made her career as a professional Zoo Keeper training primates.
In 2007, she moved to California to become a senior wildlife care specialist at the world famous San Diego Zoo. For 15 years she trained monkeys, apes, hogs, tigers, and otters while also working freelance as a pet sitter and dog walker. Being retired as a Zoo keeper, her most recent years involve studying science based dog training with Catch Canine Trainers Academy as a positive reinforcement dog trainer. Her passion for animals and training continues to serve the San Diego Community.
Joanna currently specializes in puppy training. She enjoys giving puppies the perfect start in life while helping guardians build a trusting relationship with their puppy.
She uses modern science-based methods to train dogs where the focus is on teaching the dog what you want your dog to do using Positive Reinforcement. Joanna does not use any forms of physical or psychological intimidation to train dogs.
She believes that one should never stop learning as a teacher so when she’s not training dogs, she’s attending dog training conferences, professional trainer courses, reading the latest books and articles on behavior and training. Joanna recently completed a year long training mentorship with renowned Professional Dog Trainer Emily Larlham. She also volunteers her time assisting multiple trainers and rescue organizations in San Diego.
Her professional dog training journey began when she brought home a beautiful Australian Shepherd puppy named Gummy bear. Gummy Bear proved to be one of her best teachers and set her on the course to wanting to help other dogs and their guardians to better understand each other and succeed in their training journeys.