Meet our Dog Trainers

Ruff House Pet Resort employs full-time, Certified Dog Trainers that are skilled at working with all dog breeds. We 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 his 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  cues. They get rewarded for following cues and responding to commands and 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

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

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 Michalis works at both locations of Ruff House Pet Resort in Southern California. She uses her assessment skills, and ability to read 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 dog behavior. In 2012 she became a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for American Kennel Club and then a Certified Evaluator for Therapy Dogs International.
Marti expanded her knowledge of dog psychology by attending Cesar Millans, Training Cesars Way, Dog Training Fundamentals Level I in 2015 and Level II in 2016. She is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through APDT. She also volunteers and fosters dogs for Bloodhound Rescue and Golden Retriever Rescue. She has a keen understanding of hound dogs and how to integrate this working group of dogs into everyday family life. She lives in Orange County with her 2 Bloodhounds and Sphynx cat.

Charlene Peters

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

Certifications:
AKC-Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

Memberships:
Association of Professional Dog Trainers- APDT

Contact: charlene@ruffhousepetresort.com

Charlene Peters has lived in Riverside since 2008. She began her animal behavior studies in 1990 as an apprentice. In 1991 she completed the Canine Specialist Program by the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. Having successfully completed her apprenticeship Charlene began working with dogs and their families in small groups and in private sessions from Los Angeles to San Diego County. In 1992 she began working with Veterinarians and became  Vet Assistant and technician. This allowed a better understanding of the canine world from the inside out.

In 2000 she took some time to focus on her family. Then, in  2008 Charlene moved to Riverside and accepted a Vet Tech position and once again surrounded herself in the canine world of health and behavior. In 2013 Charlene joined Ruff House Pet Resort as a trainer at the Riverside location and has successfully helped hundreds of dogs and their families. 

Julie Brady, Dog Trainer

Julie Brady

Service Areas: Tustin, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Lake Forest, Orange, Santa Ana and surrounding cities

Certifications:
Certified Professional Dog Trainer, CPDT-KA
AKC-Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
Training Cesar’s Way, Fundamentals I

Contact: julie@ruffhousepetresort.com

Julie started her training career as an apprentice at a kennel that housed and worked with rescue dogs. Most of the dogs were from German shepherd rescues but she also worked with other strong breeds such as Rottweilers, Akitas, Dobermans, Pit Bulls and some smaller mix breeds. She learned training with some of the most difficult dogs in a very specific style of correction training. Most of the training was compulsion based and wasn’t what she enjoyed or agreed as the best methods. 

Julie searched for new techniques and more of a positive approach. She began teaching puppy kindergarten classes on the weekends and learned how to train using science based, positive reinforcement techniques. Through the years she has blended the two styles and came to a balance while leaning towards a very gentle positive approach.  Julie has years of experience teaching group classes, doing private in-home training and handles the majority of the dogs in the board and train program. She also conducts day training and brush up lessons at the Tustin location of Ruff House Pet Resort.

Her favorite dogs to work with are high energy breeds with lots of pep. She loves to harness that energy and change into intense focus. Julie became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer in 2015 and a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator in 2016. She lives in Newport Beach with her puppy Ruka and is committed to ongoing education and learning everything she can about this fascinating field.

Vanessa Duran

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

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 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 right trainer for you.

Associations

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Therapy Dog International
Canine Good Citizen
American Kennel Club