Virginia (Ginny) Brophy

Instructor 

Virginia studied 'positive training techniques' for years before getting her first dog. She has always had a deep love and appreciation for all animals and is looking forward to growing her career of training.  Every day she is learning more about canine behavior through research and hands on training with her own dogs. She also volunteers and fosters dogs with The Long Dog Retreat Dachshund Rescue. 

A household of 3 dogs consisting of Lady, a Dachshund, Ferris and Charlotte, both rescue mixes, are Virginia's companions. She loves  trying anything new with her dogs attesting to this  with her dogs and has competed in Rally, Barn Hunt, Agility, Disc, Field Trial, Lure Coursing, Canine Freestyle (Doggy Dance). She also enjoys earning Trick Dog titles through 'Do More With Your Dog' (http://domorewithyourdog.com/) with her dogs.

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Kate Johnivan CPDT-KA
Obedience Instructor  

Kate has been an animal lover as long as she can remember but not until the last few years has been able to spend the time training.  She has a BA in Psychology and an MBA from Grand Valley State University.  She recently retired from Consumers Energy after 20+ years in a variety of middle management positions.

Kate has been a volunteer at the Humane Society of West Michigan for 10+ years where she loves playing with shelter dogs and training them to have better manners to improve their chances of adoption.  She attained her CPDT-KA through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers in March 2015.  She couldn’t spend all those years at the Humane Society without adopting some companions. She lives with Taxi and three indoor cats, four feral cats in an outdoor colony and one very patient husband.   Kate is committed to using positive, rewards based training methods.  

Being an evaluator for the (AKC) American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen Program  (CGC) & S.T.A.R. Puppy program, Kate is a tester for these programs


Liz Fahnenstiel

Upper level obedience and Sport Instructor


Liz had the pleasure of a fifteen year career with General Motors, Buick Motor Division Marketing Division statioined throughout the country.  After leaving GM, entered the volunteer world, including Community Spay/Neuter Initiative Partnership (C-SNIP.org) along wth West Michigan Therapy Dogs, Inc. (WMTD.org).  After being a Board of Director member with both organizations, branched off to her own dog training facility, Pawsitive Canine Training Center, L.L.C.  Liz has had four of her own dogs involved in the therapy world and is very versed in it's many aspects.  Liz has her Masters Degree and is helping her dogs obtain their higher education!

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