ASHLEY VALENTINE: BEHAVIORIST, TRAINER
Ashley Valentine is a Nationally Certified Canine Behaviorist (CBCC-KA) and Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). She has completed a Complete Canine Certification in Canine Aggression master course, and she uses positive reinforcement, management and safety techniques to help owners and dogs with all levels of aggression, reactivity and anxiety. As with any canine, her goals are happy, loved dogs with confident, knowledgeable owners.
In addition, she has also completed a master course on separation anxiety by Moira Hechenleitner DVM, CSAT, in which the training method is a positive and relaxing experience for the dog, which will allow them to desensitize and learn to be home alone comfortably. To go along with her canine CPR and first aid qualifications, Ashley has also completed her certification in Recognizing Pain in Dogs and is a supporter of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).
She has a special affinity for helping fearful and aggressive dogs reach a state of happiness and is always the common face at every local rescue event and takes pride in giving back to the canine community through her training, fostering, volunteering and her specialization in behavioral rehab.
Ashley pursued her passion by obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from The University of Connecticut in 2007. Her passion for her animal training career began early, with riding horses at the age of 8. By 14 she was able to lease a horse of her own, and by age 19, she was managing a riding facility. She also built/owned/operated 2 riding facilities in which she trained horses to compete in Hunter Jumper competitions all over the East Coast. She then moved to San Diego in 2015 and put that education to work. Since then, she has become the go-to socializer for the most extreme fear cases found in a variety of rescues in San Diego and overseas.
Certification: CPDT-KA - Certified Professional Dog Trainer, CBCC-KA Certified Behaviorist, CGC Evaluator, Complete Canines Certification in Canine Aggression and Master Course Certification in Separation Anxiety
JACQUELYN COURT: TRAINER
Jacquelyn Court knew she wanted to pursue a career involving dogs from a very young age, but it wasn’t until her family adopted their dog who happened to have some barking, fear related behavioral issues that she began to look into the diversity of training methods. From working with her own dogs, she found her passion in training all while she was still in High School. Shortly after graduating, Jacquelyn began training professionally at the age of 19 working with dogs in both group classes and private environments for 2 years. Jacquelyn has experience with dogs of all ages, breeds, and temperaments and specializes in puppy to advanced obedience for dogs of all ages and preparing dogs for their Canine Good Citizenship (CGC) test. She firmly believes that it doesn’t matter how old or young your pup is, she is committed to helping and providing the most effective solutions for her clients needs. Jacquelyn strongly believes that training is both for the dog and the owner and wants to help every client learn and succeed in training their dogs too.
KATIE CLARK: TRAINER
Katie Matthews is a San Diego native with a life-long passion for animals. At 10 years old she started her own neighborhood dog walking business, and continued to be the neighborhood dog-walker/pet-sitter until she began college at San Diego State University to study psychology. During college she worked for a dog-walking agency to support herself, furthering her experience by working with many different breeds and temperaments, including rescue dogs that tend to be fearful or anxious. Katie is specially trained to maintain existing obedience training set in place for each dog she meets and is highly adaptable to any special needs.
Certification: CPDT - Certified Professional Dog Trainer
LINDSEY KRAAL: TRAINER
Lindsey is a lifelong student of animal care and behavior. She is a graduate of Trish King’s Academy of Dog Behavior and Moorpark College’s Exotic Animal Training and Management program. There she learned the science behind behavior and training, veterinary practices and the biology of the living world. While in school, Lindsey trained a large variety of animals such as macaws, cougars, a bobcat, primates, pigs, and domestic dogs all using positive reinforcement training methods. She has also studied Animal Technology in Melbourne, Australia and worked as a veterinary assistant.
Lindsey believes dog is truly man’s best friend and deserves the respect equal to the devotion that dogs have shown us. Clear communication, consistency, and love/respect are the ultimate recipe for a successful and long lasting relationship with your dog. Every dog is different and in order to work together, we must learn to understand each other’s own language. Through positive reinforcement training, trust is established, and fun is had by all. She specializes in Puppy Training, Basic Obedience, Leash Manners, and Reactive/ Insecure dogs.
Lindsey had an affinity for animals from the beginning. From the time she was a baby the house was always filled with animals. Orphaned kittens, runaway rabbits, chickens, donkeys, rescue dogs, and a pony all resided with the family at any given time. Horses and riding were also a part of her upbringing. She credits those experiences for her compassion to all living things and the work ethic it requires to have these animals in our lives. Having spent most of her time in the outdoors, Lindsey has a great appreciation for the natural world and the animals that live in it.
After graduating Moorpark College, she was hired into to world of zoos. During this time, she cared for and trained many exotic animal species such as elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, birds, and domestic dogs. Her positive reinforcement training methods has spanned across all animal species and has proven successful, regardless of the situation. Lindsey has made the transition from exotic animals in a zoo, to dogs and companion animals that are a part of our everyday life. She is an advocate for adopting shelter animals and a supporter of spay/neutering programs.
Ashley Larsen: Trainer
Ashley Larsen is a San Diego Native who has spent her life working, caring, and training dogs. She is a life long student of animal behavior, psychology, and science with a Bachelors Degree from University of California, Berkeley in Psychology, with an emphasis in neurochemistry and behavior.
Ashley relies on evidence-based practices such as positive reinforcement, her understanding of molecular and cellular biology and genetics to create a tailored training program that’s uniquely appropriate for each dog and their relationship with their owner. She has a passion of working with extreme aggression cases and firmly believes there is no such thing as a “lost cause” case.
Her hands-on experience comes from 15 years of working at no-kill dog shelters, barn animal rescues, dog sitting, doggy daycare, and one-on-one training. She has worked with retired race horses, cattle, sheep, feral cats, exotics, and rides western in her spare time. Ashley also grew-up with a family in search and rescue and has apprenticed with hunting dogs. Currently, Ashley is working on her Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and Separation Anxiety Certification.
Ashley comes from a unique family of Alaskan outdoor enthusiasts, and when she’s not working with clients in California she can be found researching and tracking Southeastern Alaska’s coastal brown bear population.