Sirius Instructors

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Antonia Bartels

Antonia Bartels is a professional dog walker and trainer in San Francisco. She has dedicated her life to strengthening the bond between pets and their people through friendly and positive training. It is her belief that with consistent, fun training and exercise, less dogs will end up in shelters.

Carlie Seelig Miller

Carlie Seelig and her two dogs

Carlie has always loved dogs. As a child, she often dreamed of having the ability to speak with animals. When finally able to have a dog of her own, Carlie discovered that dog training is the incredibly fun and essential way to do just that. As a long-time student of SIRIUS puppy classes herself, Carlie understands what it’s like to try to learn while simultaneously juggling the puppy-cuteness factor, and the you-better-not-chew-my-shoes-poop-there-or-steal-my-breakfast challenges that arise daily when living with a beloved canine family member.

Eleanor Stewart

Eleanor Stewart and happy pup

Eleanor made a career change into the dog training industry over 10 years ago, leaving behind a sales/customer service career in electronics. She has loved dogs all of her life and took the challenge of choosing a career where dogs are the focus. Eleanor knew she made the right decision when she was able to say to herself that she would do this job for free. (Do not tell the Dunbars, as she does enjoy the paycheck.) She loves helping people train and understand their dogs.

Francesca Alonzo

Francesca Alonzo has been a devoted animal lover since she was a young girl, but her passion in behavior and training grew large when she noticed severe social changes in her own pup Gypsy. She put her life on hold and made the decision to rehabilitate her loved animal companion and learn the trade of training and behavior modification. She is an ABC graduate as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and has 5 years of experience shadowing, observing, interning, and assisting a handful of head trainers from facilities in the Bay Area and Reno.

Heidi Hurdy

Heidi Hurdy

In 1989 Heidi began apprenticing under Sirius Puppy Training’s founder, Dr. Ian Dunbar and several of  Sirius’ top trainers at that time. Shortly after, she started the San Jose branch which soon was a thriving location. Until then, off leash puppy classes were unheard of in that area.

Ian Dunbar, Founder

Veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and dog trainer, Dr. Ian Dunbar received his veterinary degree and a Special Honors degree in Physiology & Biochemistry from the Royal Veterinary College (London University) plus a doctorate in animal behavior from the Psychology Department at UC Berkeley, where he researched the development of social hierarchies and aggression in domestic dogs.

He has authored numerous books and DVDs about puppy/dog behavior and training, including AFTER You Get Your Puppy, How To Teach A New Dog Old Tricks and the SIRIUS® Puppy Training video.

Janelle Haggett

Janelle Haggett and four golden retrievers

Janelle grew up in San Jose, where (much to her family's frustration) she brought home every stray dog and cat she could find. After graduating from San Jose City College, where she majored in Criminal Justice, Janelle married and assumed management of her husband's company. Her love for animals never waned, however, and she became a breeder of Golden Retrievers. 

Karen Shipe

Karen's earliest memories are of playing and taking naps with her first dog, a cockapoo named Fritzi.  Ever since then, dogs have been an important part of her life.  Her career with dogs began as a volunteer socializing and walking shelter dogs, and later as a behavior evaluator for the Humane Society of Silicon Valley.  That led to an interest in dog training and eventually a change of career to become a full-time dog trainer.  Dog training has given her the opportunity to help dogs and their guardians build positive and happy relationships, thus reducing the number of dogs surrendered to

Kelly Gorman Dunbar

Kelly Gorman Dunbar is a cofounder and the executive editor of a free online dog training resource. She is the Founder and President of Open Paw, a non-profit organization devoted to addressing the unwanted animal problem both  by streamlining the shelter animal residents/staff/volunteer process for optimum efficiency/enrichment and also by arming com

Keri Lyall

Keri Lyall and family

Keri Lyall, B.A., CPDT, has been teaching puppy and adult dog training classes since 1989. She began working for Oz Puppy Training, transferred to the parks and recreation districts in Contra Costa County with her move from Sacramento to the Bay Area and in 1998 was hired by SIRIUS® Puppy Training, where she teaches with great enthusiasm in Walnut Creek, Danville and San Ramon.

Kristi Jackson

Kristi Jackson, CPDT-KA is a professional dog trainer in the San Jose area. She began her work with animals by walking and socializing shelter dogs in New York City. It was during this time that she learned the importance of proper training, and it’s direct link to the quality of life that our dogs experience. This realization ignited a passion in her and she followed that passion to Best Friends Animal Society in southern Utah where she completed an immersive internship learning from some of their best trainers.

Lea Orloski

Lea Orloski has a deep love for dogs and discovered she had a natural talent with dogs while she was growing up. In 2006, she started working as a dog handler at a local dog daycare. In 2009, she began observing/assisting as a dog trainer and started to help with dog training clasees. In 2013, she attained her certificate in Training & Behvaior from the Janis Bradley Dog Training Internship, a 6-month course that focused on positive reinforcement dog training and professional client consultation.

Leanne Neufeld

Leanne Neufeld has held a professional membership with The Association of Pet Dog Trainers since 2001.

She graduated with honors from the SFSPCA Academy for Dog Trainers CTC program. She has participated as a ‘puppy raiser’ with Canine Companions for Independence.

In 2003 Leanne began teaching classes for Dr. Ian Dunbar’s at SIRIUS, where she continues to enjoy a focus on increasing the bond between owners and their dogs. She has titled in both WCFO and CFF level III competition freestyle.

Lynette Bunyard

Lynette Bunyard surrounded by her two large dogs

Lynette learned to bark before she learned to talk. At least that's what her mother always said. So it seemed inevitable that she would end up working with dogs and their people. She took the long route by working in high tech for many years before deciding to make a career that included her love for dogs. Lynette has had three puppies graduate from SIRIUS® training over the past 16 years before becoming a trainer herself. She found SIRIUS®' approach helped her to form positive and well adjusted relationships with her dogs that lasted a life time.

Naomi Sims

Naomi’s goal is to give dog owners the tools needed to empower them to make a difference in their day–to-day interactions with their dogs as well as to set the stage for a rewarding long-term relationship with their dogs. She believes that the learning process should be engaging and fun for both the family and the dog!

Pam Behrens

Pam Behrens, ABCDT, CNWI Pam has loved working with animals ever since she was a little girl. She trained her first dog, a German Shepherd, in obedience and protection when she was in high school, and has been training dogs ever since. Her newest passion is K9 Nose Work, which she teaches and also competes in with her dog Bodie.

Rayel Friesen

Rayel Friesen and his two rescued best friends

Rayel has lived with and loved dogs all of his life. He grew up with dogs his family adopted from shelters. He started his career as a dog handler at Citizen Canine, a pet hotel and daycare center. SIRIUS® Instructor Bobbi Durston, who at the time was a behavior evaluator at Citizen Canine, saw his natural abilities with dogs and took him on as an apprentice.

Rebecca Hoffman

Rebecca Hoffman, CPDT-KA and supporting member of IAABC, has been involved in the dog world of the San Francisco Bay Area for nearly a decade. She demonstrated early on in her career a specialty for canine body language through her hearing disability. While many would consider a hearing impairment to be a set back to overcome, it proved to be a huge asset for Rebecca, in helping manage doggie playgroups and while working with otherwise difficult dogs. The absence of sound allowed for full concentration on the subtleties in each dog’s personal conversation styles.

Sarah Kevin

Sarah, a life long dog owner, was first exposed to positive dog training methods when attending Sirius puppy Training classes in 2010 with her puppy. She started reading and researching the methods and loved learning about how to train a dog in a reward based system. Then with a little prompting from her husband decided to pursue a career as a dog trainer after 28 years in nursing.

TBD - To Be Determined

When the trainer is listed as TBD on a class, this means that the trainer will be announced at a later date in the future. Once a trainer is chosen, we will send an email out to all the students enrolled in the class.

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