MEET THE STAFF
Owner and Trainer
I am a UC Berkeley grad (note my logo colors!) and also received my MBA before starting a corporate career that spanned 20 years in several industries. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, I wanted to redefine my life by spending more time with my family, which included adopting our puppy, Prince. That decision led me on a journey to purchasing a dog training franchise which I ran for six years.
Working with dogs and building relationships with their people has been the most fulfilling job I have ever had. With California Canine, I have changed how we teach basic obedience and agility by focusing on the relationship between you and your dog and teaching you how to incorporate your dog into your life and our community.
When I am not at work, I spend time with my husband, two daughters, and my dog, Prince.
I grew up in a rural community west of Seattle, where I was surrounded by various animals, including rabbits, horses, cows, pigs, and we always had at least one dog—sometimes as many as four! Throughout my school days, my sole sport was jumping horses, traveling to shows all over Washington State.
About 3 years ago, I moved to the Central Coast. Before coming to California Canine, I began working for a Labrador Retriever breeder/board and train kennel, where I trained family/companion dogs in basic obedience and good manners and prepared pups to go on to service dog training.
I will soon be taking the CPDT-KA certification exam and am in the process of receiving my AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator credential.
The affection humans and dogs share is incredibly unique. One of my greatest joys is facilitating communication between us and our beloved pets which, in turn, builds confidence in dog and human alike.
Outside of work, you can find me playing drums or reading a book with Pebbles—my 2-year-old chocolate lab—at my side.
I have come to join California Canine all the way from Virginia! I earned my B.S. in Biology from UMW and have spent four years at Pup N' Iron, a similar dog training facility on the East Coast. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI), a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator through the AKC, and a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer (CCFT). I have taught classes that range from Puppy Training to Doggy Parkour and everything in between!
I have three dogs of my own, a Jack Russell Terrier named Bandit, a Husky Mix named Skibo, and a German Shepherd Dog named Zelda. When I am not training with clients, my GSD Zelda trials in both competition obedience and rally. We trial in AKC, CWAGS, and WCRL venues. If you're interested in learning more about these types of activities, don't hesitate to ask!
I have come to California Canine all the way from Ohio, though I’ve lived in many other places. I absolutely love being around animals, so being here at California Canine is amazing! I worked at a Vet Clinic and Boarding Facility in Texas, so I really fell in love being around animals.
I am currently studying at American Military University, working on a degree in Environmental Science focusing in Wildlife Conservation. I would love to work with any and all animals regarding conservation, but if I had a choice I would focus on wolves.
I have four crazy cats: Simon, Silvia, Melvin, and Lavender, and one equally crazy husky/golden retriever mix: Ares. I grew up with cats but having moved around for a long time it was harder to bring a dog so we never had one. Ares is our first, and he is quite spoiled!
I come to California Canine from Colorado where I grew up surrounded by animals and with a deep love for dogs. I earned a BA in Fine Arts and worked as an office manager and accounting clerk before going all in on my dream of living as an artist in Monterey, a place that my dad grew up and that I have loved all my life. Throughout my life I have had the pleasure to get to know and love a variety of breeds including Tibetian Spaniels, Keeshonds, and Border Collies.
My Samoyed girl, Kara Sea, is who brought me to California Canine; first for obedience and then for agility classes which are her absolute favorite. She has also gone on to become a therapy dog with Therapy Dog International. I also live with a 13 year old Border Collie named Starbuck, a scarlet macaw named Sundance, a cat named Halo, and have just added a new member to the family: an American Eskimo puppy named Cloud Dancer. My life has always been filled with animals; from my mom raising parrots when I was a kid, to equestrian hunter/jumping in high school: which is a lot like dog agility, except now I’m running alongside my dog instead of riding a horse.
Outside of California Canine I design jewelry, paint, have an online comic, as well as a myriad of other artistic ventures. It’s such a joy to come in and meet all the fantastic people and puppies, and I can’t wait to see you when you stop by!
We started training our golden retriever with Ratna when she was 9 weeks old…Ratna not only trains the dogs, but helps train us, the owners! Would highly recommend!!!
Nala says four paws up!
Spending time at California Canine is one of Trapper’s favorite things to do. He loves hanging with the staff, running agility, coming for parties, and playtimes. The atmosphere is friendly and the trainers and staff are welcoming to all.
Katie is so patient with our difficult dog and we learn more every week. She knows how to encourage us and push us to reach our goals. We couldn’t have asked for a better trainer!
Ratna is an excellent trainer and Mojo is in love with her. We’ve been training with her for four years now and we look forward to seeing her every single week.