Ruff House Pet Resort

Meet The Trainers

Meet Our Trainers

Ruff House Pet Resort employs Certified Dog Trainers that are skilled at working with various dog breeds and multiple levels of obedience and socialization. They attend continuing education workshops as a way to stay current with training techniques and methods. We are members of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers and The International Association of Canine Professionals. 

Training methods and tools may vary depending on the dog specific issues and the owners involvement in solution based training. Our trainers are balanced in their teachings and believe there is a variety of effective tools that can be used to train a dog. We use positive reinforcement and leadership skills to teach dogs to follow our lead. Rewards such as affection or praise are offered for following cues and responding to commands. In turn the dogs begin offering good behaviors and unwanted behaviors start to extinguish.

At Ruff House Pet Resort, our goal is to make training fun while still following a structured plan of mental and physical exercise, training and rewards.

Marti Michalis

Service Areas: Greater Orange County

Certified Professional Dog Trainer, CPDT-KA
AKC-Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
TDI-Therapy Dog Evaluator (inactive)
Training Cesar’s Way, Fundamentals I and II
LAK9’s Workshop-Dog Behavior in the Digital Age
Canine Lifeline’s 3D Workshop-Working with Difficult Dogs

Association of Professional Dog Trainers- APDT
International Boarding and Pet Service Association- IBPSA
International Association of Canine Professionals- IACP

Contact: [email protected]

Marti has worked at both locations of Ruff House Pet Resort since 2008. Her training background started in 2001. She has been using her assessment skills of rescue dogs, off leash play dynamics, and  dog body language to help customers.

She followed renowned Veterinarian and Animal Behaviorist Sophia Yin to learn science based methods. Marti continues to study animal behavior and attends several lectures and workshops relating to the psychology of dogs. In 2012 she became a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for American Kennel Club and a Certified Evaluator for Therapy Dogs International.

Marti expanded her knowledge of dog psychology by attending Cesar Millans Courses; Training Cesars Way-Fundamentals Level I in 2015 and Level II in 2016. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through APDT and a member of IACP.  She volunteers, fosters and trains dogs from Rescue. Marti can be seen in many online videos relating to dogs and family dynamic for multi-pet households. She writes articles for dog industry publications and speaks at dog boarding conferences and day care seminars. Marti lives in Orange County with her Bloodhounds and Sphynx cat.

Vanessa Duran

Service Areas: Greater Riverside area

AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
AKC Temperament Test Evaluator

Contact: [email protected]

Vanessa began her career as a junior dog handler showing Irish Setters in conformation. She came to Ruff House Pet Resort as a Pack Leader working with the dogs in our play groups and cross training in all our departments. She became an expert in assessments, group play, dog safety, behavior management and temperament testing. She grew into a leadership position and now conducts training consultations, teaches classes and provides in-home lessons.  Vanessa is attending classes through Association of Pet Dog Trainers to become a Certified Dog Trainer. Her hands on experience along with her continuing education make her a great teacher for anyone looking for a professional to train their dog.