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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.

Connie Ko

Connie got her start in dog training volunteering at the humane society as a trainers' assistant while working full-time as a graphic designer. After a few years of volunteering she began teaching group obedience classes to the public in 2018 and decided to quit her full-time job to pursue a career in dog training. Now, she is teaching and assisting at a few different facilities and working a few cases on the side. Her main area of expertise is in basic obedience and puppy training.

Dieuwke Van der Velde

Dieuwke van der Velde is currently teaching puppy agility and agility for fun at Fetch Sam in San Jose. She has had 4 dogs of her own; one senior Aussie, Draco (RIP), who she did 3 years of Search and Rescue with through CARDA. One Catahoula named Ofi, a heeler named Dallas, and the youngest, a 12-month old Aussie mix who she has taken through several obedience classes and agility classes. With the new pup in the house, Dieuwke got inspired to teach the other dogs and her two cats, new tricks and even started doing beginning agility with them at home.

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.

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

Lea Orloski

Lea Orloski has always had love and a natural talent with dogs growing up. She began working with dogs in 2006 as a dog handler and began observing and assisting with training dogs & classes in 2009. In 2013 she attained a certificate in training and behavior from the Dog Training Internship Academy founded by Janis Bradley. This was a 6-month course that focused on positive reinforcement dog training, dog behavior and professional client consultation. She also has her CPDT-KA Certification from The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. 

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.

Martin Bergamaschi

Martin Bergamaschi graduated from Bergin University of Canine Studies with a bachelors of science degree in Cynology (Canine Science). In 2016, he moved to Texas to start a branch of a non-profit organization where he was devoted to teaching and managing a therapeutic program that focuses on teaching veterans in rehabilitation and recovery how to train service dogs that will be placed with their fellow wounded warriors. Martin has contributed to training and raising over twenty service dogs and puppies in training.

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.

Sue Rusnak

Sue had always wanted a dog growing up but her mom always said “I already have too many animals, we don’t need a dog”. See there were 6 kids in her family. Only later did Sue find out that her mother was actually scared of dogs after being bit by one as a child. Though dog ownership came later in life, Sue didn’t have her own first dog until in her late 20’s, she always seemed to be around other people’s dogs, taking care of them and noticing the special bonds created between people and their dogs.

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