Meet our Dog Trainers

Ruff House Pet Resort employs full-time, Certified Dog Trainers that are skilled at working with all dog breeds. They attend continuing education sessions 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. 
The training methods and tools may vary depending on the dog and specific issues. 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. They get rewarded for following cues and responding to commands. In turn they begin offering good behaviors.

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: Tustin, Irvine, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel, Ladera Ranch and surrounding cities

Certified Professional Dog Trainer, CPDT-KA
AKC-Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
TDI-Therapy Dog Evaluator (inactive)
Training Cesar’s Way, Fundamentals I and II

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


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

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 and understanding 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 for Bloodhound Rescue and Golden Retriever Rescue. She writes articles for dog industry publications and speaks at dog boarding conferences and day care seminars. Marti lives in Orange County with her 2 Bloodhounds and Sphynx cat.

Charlene Peters

Service Areas: Riverside, Corona, Norco, Moreno Valley and surrounding cities

AKC-Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

Association of Professional Dog Trainers- APDT


Charlene has lived in Riverside since 2008. She began her animal behavior studies in 1990 as an apprentice and in 1991 she completed the Canine Specialist Program by the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. Charlene began working with dogs and their families in small groups and private sessions from Los Angeles to San Diego County. She continued expanding her experience and became a Veterinary Assistant and Technician. This experience gave her a better understanding of the canine world from the inside out.

In 2013 Charlene joined Ruff House Pet Resort as a Lead Trainer at the Riverside location. She has a loyal following of customers and has a waiting list of owners that want her to train their dogs. She manages the Board and Train Programs and Group Classes and prepares dogs for CGC and Advanced Obedience. She has an honest approach to problem solving and works with owners to educate them on the realities of life with dogs. Charlene has successfully helped hundreds of dogs and their families.

Vanessa Duran

Service Areas: Moreno Valley, Hemet, Riverside, Redlands, Corona, Eastvale,  Colton, Rancho Cucamonga and surrounding cities.

Certifications: Canine Good Citizen Evaluator


Vanessa began her career as a junior handler showing Irish Setters in conformation at dog shows. She came to Ruff House Pet Resort as a Pack Leader working with the dogs in our play yards. She became an expert in assessments, group play, dog safety, behavior management and temperament testing. She has grown into a leadership position and has taken on a new role teaching classes and providing in-home lessons.  If you want to train your puppy, learn about dog shows, or attend a trick dog class then Vanessa will be the ideal trainer for you.


Therapy Dog International
Canine Good Citizen
American Kennel Club