Trainers


Susan B. Morris  CPDT-KA


   Sue has always loved dogs. Her interest in dog training started by accident when she rescued  a beagle at her place of work that had been brought in for euthanasia, simply because he would not hunt.  She brought him to classes at the local YMCA so they could learn to walk on leash and not pull her or her children.


    From there she became interested in AKC obedience trials where she eventually  competed at the highest levels .  After her beagle, Ringer, passed away, Sue obtained a new golden retriever partner to train and compete with named Hunter who in Sue's words "made her look good in the obedience ring".


   Working  as a veterinary technician for 30 plus years, she learned much about animal behavior and how to bring about the best possible experience while working with animals that are nervous, in pain, or just unsure.


   She is the mother of three grown children and a proud "Nonie "to four grandchildren.  Sue has also authored a book titled  Ringer based on her experiences while training her dog , that not only made him a better companion but helped her learn to be a  better parent.  Patience and consistency were key.


   Sue's current companion, Rookie, is the great grandson to Hunter.  Rookie is her service dog , and Sue says that having dogs has kept her active and allows her to remain independent.  BoSox is joining the family soon to become Rookies' future successor as a  service dog. 

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 Johana Stewart  CPDT-KA


     Johana has 15 plus years of training experience working with shelters, rescues, and training facilities. She has  taught group family dog classes, as well as individual private lessons for basic obedience and problem solving.
      She developed her passion for teaching dogs and their humans how to have the best possible relationships in her early 20’s when she became home to a Boxer puppy named Ellie.  Upon arrival Ellie was poorly bred and not well socialized.  At 8 weeks old she would snarl, growl and snap at humans who she deemed to be a threat to her resources.  None the less, Johana decided that it was her responsibility to make sure Ellie had the best life possible.  Through research, training, trial and error, and lots of time and patience Ellie became a well-adjusted, confident dog and so sparked Johana’s passion for teaching dogs and humans how to successfully cohabitate. 
      From there Johana moved on to sh,elter and rescue volunteering where she fostered and trained countless dogs in an effort to help them find forever homes.  She then went on her path to becoming a Certified Professional Dog Trainer.  Johana’s training style is based on a strong knowledge of learning theory   positive reinforcement, relationship building, and of course... having FUN!  
     Johana is a firm believer dogs want to learn from their humans and teaching them the ropes of human life should be fun and enriching for the whole family.  She is fully committed to the success of you and your dog

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Laurie Merritt MEd CPDT-KA


bio coming soon



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