Faculty

Behavior, Foundations
(Disciplines Taught)
Amy Cook

Amy Cook

Amy Cook, Ph.D. has been training dogs for over 25 years, and through Full Circle Dog Training and Play Way Dogs in Oakland, CA, has been specializing in the rehabilitation of shy and fearful dogs for almost 20 years. She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the IAABC, a

Photography
(Disciplines Taught)
Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson

Amy is the official show photographer for many of the premier agility events in the United States, including the AKC National Agility Championships, AKC Agility Invitational, USDAA Cynosport World Games, UKI US Open, and NADAC Championships, as well as numerous local trials, regional events, and breed national specialties.  She has photographed a wide variety of dog sports, including agility, obedience, rally, and conformation.  She also enjoys the challenge of photographing birds and other wildlife.

Mental Management
(Disciplines Taught)
Andrea Harrison

Andrea Harrison

Andrea Harrison is passionate about all species, including dogs and humans! Having lived with dogs her whole life, Andrea was an early convert to positive training for people and dogs. She has taken this message to the media many times

Agility
(Disciplines Taught)
Barbara Currier

Barbara Currier

Shortly after adopting her Chihuahua, Barbara got involved with agility.  In 2004, Barbara and her husband Michael were relocated to VA and shortly after she started teaching agility at All Dog Adventures (fka All Dog Playskool) in Richmond, VA. 

Foundations, Electives
(Disciplines Taught)
Chrissi Schranz

Chrissi Schranz

Dog trainer, translator and traveler Chrissi is based in Antigua, Guatemala. She has been fond of dogs of all sizes, shapes and personalities for as long as she can think

Body & Health
(Disciplines Taught)
Debbie (Gross) Torraca

Debbie (Gross) Torraca

Deborah (Gross) Torraca, DPT, MSPT, Diplomat ABPTS, CCRP has been involved in the field of animal physical rehabilitation for over 17 years and currently owns a small animal rehabilitation practice in Connecticut called Wizard of Paws Physical Rehabilitation for

Foundations, Body & Health
(Disciplines Taught)
Deborah Jones

Deborah Jones

Deborah Jones, Ph.D. is a psychologist who specializes in learning theory and social behavior. She taught a variety of psychology courses at Kent State University for the past 20 years. Deb has been training dogs for performance events for the past 25 years and was an early

Foundations, Obedience
(Disciplines Taught)
Denise Fenzi

Denise Fenzi

Denise Fenzi has competed in a wide range of dog sports – titling dogs in obedience (AKC and UKC), tracking (AKC and schutzhund), schutzhund (USA), mondioring (MRSA), herding (AKC), conformation (AKC), and agility (AKC). She is best known for her flashy and precise

Foundations, Electives
(Disciplines Taught)
Donna Hill

Donna Hill

Donna Hill has had a life long love affair with dogs and a fascination with dog behavior. She has broad practical experience in the dog world: volunteering and working in kennels and shelters, dog sitting and walking, fostering rescue dogs, teaching behavior modification privately, and

Foundations, Obedience
(Disciplines Taught)
Hannah Branigan

Hannah Branigan

Hannah Branigan has been training dogs and teaching people for more than 10 years. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP). Hannah is the owner of Wonderpups, LLC, and teaches workshops

Foundations, Electives, Obedience, TEAM
(Disciplines Taught)
Heather Lawson

Heather Lawson

Heather Lawson is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA) and also a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP), a CGN evaluator and a free-style judge.  She has been training dogs and their humans for more that 20 years after deciding that

Foundations, Herding
(Disciplines Taught)
Helene Lawler

Helene Lawler

Hélène got her first dog, a border collie named Jake, in 1989 and has been training dogs ever since. Over the years, she has dabbled in obedience, search and rescue, protection sports, rally, tricks, and freestyle, among others. She discovered agility in 2004, and herding in 2005.

Foundations, Body & Health
(Disciplines Taught)
Judy Keller

Judy Keller

Judy Keller has owned and trained Shelties for more than 20 years. She has been most successful with Morgan, her once in a lifetime dog. Judy and Morgan represented the United States three times in world agility competition, and were on the gold medal winning mini dog team in 1998.

Foundations, Agility
(Disciplines Taught)
Julie Daniels

Julie Daniels

Julie Daniels won her first award for writing in the fourth grade, and she was training dogs long before that. Today Julie Daniels is one of the foremost names in dog agility in the United States.  She was one of the early champions of the sport and helped many clubs throughout the country

Foundations, Freestyle, Electives
(Disciplines Taught)
Julie Flanery

Julie Flanery

 Julie Flanery, CPDT-KA has been working professionally with dogs and their handlers since 1993. She focuses on the needs of the dog and helping people form a strong relationship, through clear communication, and positive reinforcement. She has placed Obedience,

Foundations, Nosework, Obedience
(Disciplines Taught)
Julie Symons

Julie Symons

Julie Symons has been involved in dog sports for over 25 years. Starting with her mix, Dreyfus, in flyball, she went on to train and compete in conformation, agility, obedience, herding and tracking with her first Belgian tervuren, Rival. Rival was the first CH OTCH MACH Belgian

Foundations, Obedience
(Disciplines Taught)
Kamal Fernandez

Kamal Fernandez

Kamal Fernandez started training in 1991 after getting Scrunch, an independent and free-willled chow-chow mix. Like many other first time dog owners, Kamal found himself in for a rude awakening when he got her – Lassie she was not! You name it, Scrunch did it – running

Foundations, Electives, Obedience, TEAM
(Disciplines Taught)
Laura Waudby

Laura Waudby

Laura Waudby trains and competes in obedience, rally, agility, and dabbles in disc dog and trick training.  She was halfway to her OTCH with her UDX corgi, Lance, before his early retirement.  She also has championship titles in USDAA and UKI.  By day

Foundations, Agility
(Disciplines Taught)
Loretta Lake Mueller

Loretta Lake Mueller

Loretta Lake Mueller has been involved in agility since 2003 with her first rescue dog, Ace. Since then she has been involved in a variety of dog training activities including USBCHA herding, competitive obedience, rally obedience, and service dog training. In 2007, Loretta

Body & Health
(Disciplines Taught)
Lori Stevens

Lori Stevens

Lori Stevens (CPBC, CPDT-KA, CCFT, SAMP) will be joining the 2019 Clicker Expo faculty and is the creator of the Balance Harness®. She is an animal behavior consultant, a professional dog trainer, a canine fitness trainer, an animal massage practitioner, and a senior Tellington

Tracking
(Disciplines Taught)
Lucy Newton

Lucy Newton

Lucy Newton was involved in search and rescue for over 15 years, training numerous personal dogs for wilderness search and rescue, as well as land and water human remains detection. She has deployed for hundreds of missing person cases in both urban and remote wilderness

Business Marketing
(Disciplines Taught)
Melissa Breau

Melissa Breau

Melissa is FDSA's resident marketing geek. She teaches two classes here at FDSA: Marketing for Pet Professionals and Building a Wordpress Website.

Nosework
(Disciplines Taught)
Melissa Chandler

Melissa Chandler

Melissa Chandler lives in Ohio and is owned by her Weimaraner and Vizsla.  Melissa has been addicted to dog sports since starting in 4H and AKC Jr. Showmanship.  She has competed in conformation, agility, obedience, hunt tests, nose work, and rally.  She has also

Foundations, Agility, Obedience
(Disciplines Taught)
Nancy Gagliardi Little

Nancy Gagliardi Little

Nancy Gagliardi Little has been training dogs since the early 1980s, when she put an OTCH on her Novice A dog, a Labrador retriever. Since then she has put many advanced obedience titles on her dogs, including 4 AKC OTCH titles, 6 UD titles, 3 UDX titles, and multiple

Behavior, Electives
(Disciplines Taught)
Nancy Tucker

Nancy Tucker

Nancy is a certified trainer with the CCPDT, and a certified behavior consultant with the IAABC. She teaches seminars, webinars, and workshops on dog training, dog behavior, and the business end of training throughout Canada, the U.S., and Europe.


Nicole Wiebusch

Nicole Wiebusch

 Nicole Wiebusch started competing in dog sports as a teenager in the 90’s and quickly became addicted to the sport of obedience.  In 2001, she acquired a golden retriever named Tucker who taught her that traditional methods weren’t the best way to a happy confident dog.  +

Foundations, Electives, Disc Dog
(Disciplines Taught)
Sara Brueske

Sara Brueske

Sara Brueske has been training dogs for over 15 years, and has experienced a large variety of breeds and sports during that time. Having graduated as a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner

Behavior, Foundations
(Disciplines Taught)
Sarah Stremming

Sarah Stremming

Sarah has been working with dogs in the realms of performance training and behavior solutions for over a decade. She currently operates online through her business, The Cognitive Canine. Her special area of interest has long been helping dog owners address behavioral concerns in their

Foundations, Obedience
(Disciplines Taught)
Shade Whitesel

Shade Whitesel

Shade Whitesel has been training and competing in dog sports since she was a kid. Always interested in how dogs learn, she has successfully competed in IPO/schutzhund, AKC obedience and French Ring. Her retired dog, Reiki vom Aegis, IPO 3, FH 1, French Ring 1, CDX, was 5th at the

Nosework
(Disciplines Taught)
Stacy Barnett

Stacy Barnett

Stacy Barnett is a successful nosework competitor, being one of only a handful of teams titled through the Summit Level (SMT) in NACSW with her dog, Judd.  In fact, she and Judd have earned THREE Summit titles (SMTx3)! Stacy is also an international clinician and AKC scent work judge and contractor.

Foundations, Conformation, Rally
(Disciplines Taught)
Sue Ailsby

Sue Ailsby

Susan Finlay Ailsby is a retired obedience and conformation judge.  She has been "in dogs" for 54 years, having owned and trained Chihuahuas, miniature pinschers, miniature longhaired dachshunds, Australian cattle dogs, miniature schnauzers, giant schnauzers, and Portuguese

Guest Instructors


Ann Smorado

Ann Smorado

 Ann Smorado was a horse crazy teenager who started training dogs in 2006 when she got her first labrador retriever, Miles.  What started out as taking a puppy class to make sure she would have a well mannered dog, or at least a dog that didn’t destroy the house, quickly grew into a passion. +


Jennifer Summerfield, DVM

Jennifer Summerfield, DVM

Jennifer Summerfield is a veterinarian and Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), with a focus on treating behavior problems including aggression to humans or other animals, separation anxiety, and compulsive behavior disorders. She also teaches group classes and


Jessica Hekman

Jessica Hekman

Dr. Jessica Hekman is a postdoctoral associate at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where she researches how genetics affect behavior in pet and working dogs. Jessica received her Ph.D. in animal sciences (genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics) in 2017 from the


Leslie Eide, DVM

Leslie Eide, DVM

Leslie Eide graduated from Colorado State University’s veterinary school in 2006. She completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine in Albuquerque, NM. She continued her education by becoming certified in canine rehabilitation through the Canine Rehab Institute


Petra Ford

Petra Ford

Petra graduated from Rutgers School of Health Related Professions 17 years ago with a degree in physical therapy and has experience working with an extremely varied caseload including pediatric through geriatric clients with a vast range of diagnoses. Her areas of expertise included in-patient rehabilitation, orthopedics and neurology.


Sue Yanoff, DVM

Sue Yanoff, DVM

 Sue graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, NY, in 1980.  After three years in private practice, she joined the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps.  While on active duty, she completed a 3 year residency in small animal surgery at Texas A&M University

Staff

Business Marketing
(Disciplines Taught)
Melissa Breau

Melissa Breau

Melissa is FDSA's resident marketing geek. She teaches two classes here at FDSA: Marketing for Pet Professionals and Building a Wordpress Website.

Financial, Legal, Manufacturing, Facilities
(Disciplines Taught)
Millo Fenzi

Millo Fenzi

Millo Fenzi thrived in the corporate and start-up high-technology space for 25 years before choosing to be a stay-at-home dad and supportive husband of Denise’s initial foray into dog training. Ten years later, that initial foray has evolved into a full time enterprise: FDSA

Graphic Design, Newsletters, Surveys
(Disciplines Taught)
Rebeccah Aube

Rebeccah Aube

Rebeccah Aube of Paws & Ink handles graphic design, newsletters, surveys, and other creative tasks at Fenzi Dog Sports Academy.

PAWS (Trainer)Rebeccah took her first steps with a dog in heel position.

School Administrator,Technical Support
(Disciplines Taught)
Teri Martin

Teri Martin

Teri Martin is the FDSA school administrator/technical support person.  She is an accountant by trade and a dog training geek by choice. She was dragged into the world of dog training when her Labrador hit the terrible teenager stage and she needed help.