Dog Trainers 2018-03-21T17:53:56+00:00

Get to Know our Dog 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 they begin offering good behaviors and unwanted behaviors begin 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.

Mart Michalis Dog Trainer

Marti Michalis

Service Areas: Tustin, Irvine, Orange, Villa Park, Newport Beach, Lake Forest, Costa Mesa and surrounding cities.
We encourage customers to come to us for problem solving lessons.

Certifications:
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

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

Contact: marti@ruffhousepetresort.com

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 Bloodhounds and Sphynx cat.

Tracy Adler

Tracy Adler

Service Areas: Irvine, Tustin, Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, Rancho Santa Margarita, Orange, Lake Forest, Anaheim.
We encourage customers to come to us for problem solving lessons.

Certifications:
Veterinary Technician

Contact: tracy@ruffhousepetresort.com

Tracy is a native of Southern California. She began her animal studies in 2009 learning about animal husbandry and health related to her career as a veterinary technician. She took an interest in animal behavior and understanding of how they learn. She used her positive reinforcement methods and clicker training to shape behaviors and promote conditioned responses. Tracy loves a challenge and enjoys working with dogs of all types. Her ability to think outside the box and create unique and effective ways to train dogs makes her a real asset to our customers.

Tracy spends most of her day working with dogs at Ruff House for Board & Train and conducting Problem Solving Lessons with customers. She is helping customers to better understand their dogs and creating an effective plan for long term relationships. Please introduce yourself to Tracy and don’t be afraid to ask her for any help you need with your dog.

Charlene Peters

Service Areas: Riverside, Corona, Norco, Moreno Valley and surrounding cities.
We encourage customers to come to us for problem solving lessons.

Certifications:
AKC-Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
Canine Lifeline’s 3D Workshop-Working with Difficult Dogs

Memberships:
Association of Professional Dog Trainers- APDT

Contact: charlene@ruffhousepetresort.com

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..
We encourage customers to come to us for problem solving lessons

Certifications:
AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

Contact: vanessa@ruffhousepetresort.com

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.

Associations

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Therapy Dog International
Canine Good Citizen
American Kennel Club