Approved Evaluators


  Marty Strausbaugh KPA-CTP          530-945-3647
Marty Strausbaugh - owner/teacher at Pawsitive Training Center (PTC), graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior earning the title of Certified Training Partner.  Marty started working with dogs in 2006 and crossed over to clicker training in 2010.  As a Mark & Reward trainer he only uses force free methods.  Marty is a full member at APDT, Primary level TAG teacher & presenter for Doggone Safe’s “Be a Tree” program teaching children bite prevention. 
PTC offers private & group classes from beginner to advanced skills, therapy & service dog training and custom plans for behavioral issues.  PTC is  in Shasta County, CA.
San Diego County
   Diane MyLymuk, CPDT-KA, BA                    760-468-4463 
TEAMWORK K9s - Training classes and evaluations currently held in Fallbrook and Southwest Riverside County.  Diane is also an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test and STAR Puppy tests.
San Diego
  Jamie Bozzi,                                                619-246-5634
                                            CBCC-KA, CPDT-KSA, KPA CTP, ACDBC, CC, CNWI
Jamie Bozzi, owner of Smrtdog, has been a Professional Dog Trainer and Canine Behavior Consultant for over 15 years. Jamie is an APDT C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator and consults on behavior cases (fear, anxiety and aggression).  She has four training facilities throughout San Diego County and is very involved in a variety of dog sports including agility, scent detection work and treibball.  Smrtdog offers a Hollywood Hounds class for Therapy Dog teams.   Tricks are a wonderful way to help put patients at ease, as well as, entertain them.  It's also helps relieve stress and build confidence for the therapy dog teams.  Jamie is also is also an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test and STAR Puppy tests 
La Mesa, central San Diego 
  Julie Schmitt                                               619-417-2368  
CPDT-KA, GDMI, VSPDTJulie Schmitt, is the owner of Out N’ About Dog Training in La Mesa, California. Julie is a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (GDMI), Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and a Certified Victoria Stilwell Positive Dog Trainer (VSPDT), has been a professional dog trainer for over twenty years.  Julie’s goal is to educate dog owners that having well-behaved dogs is a life-long process that can be enjoyable, rewarding and easily achieved. She believes positive dog training methods are most humane and effective and that these very same practices can be applied to im- prove a person’s relationship with family members, friends and coworkers alike. Out N’ About Dog Training provides small group puppy classes, private training throughout San Diego, select boarding, and Board and Train services.   
Sacramento, El Dorado and Placer Counties
  Chris Ruppenthal, CPDT - KA      530-333-7663
A self-proclaimed training junkie, Chris regularly attends conferences, workshops and seminars in an effort to
increase her knowledge of canine behavior and training techniques. She's been involved with the Therapy/Service dog field for several years, raised Guide Dog puppies, started her own Guide Dog Chapter with her local high schools' FFA program and participates in therapy work in her local community.  She is active in the competition ring of both Conformation and Rally Obedience and is currently training in Agility. Chris’s broad range of experience enables her to bring a creative approach to dog training and problem solving, and she is known for the energy and innovation she brings to group classes.  Chris is also an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test.
Orange County/Inland Empire (OCIE)
    Kim Pagones                                       714-777-5524  
Kim spent the past 15 years with the Orange County Humane Society.  She now offers all levels of dog training classes,  CGC prep classes and therapy dog prep classes at Santiago Canyon College - 8045 East Chapman Avenue, Orange CA 92869.  Kim is also an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test.     
Las Vegas area
  Alissa Metge, CPDT, APDT                702-339-8350
Alissa's mission & passion in life is to enrich the human canine bond, one dog at a time. She currently has her own business, "alissa the dog trainer.” She also spent the last five years as the area trainer for a major pet retailer, training and mentoring dog trainers across the Las Vegas Valley area. She's an AKC certified evaluator for Canine Good Citizen (CGC),  S.T.A.R. Puppy, Advanced Community Good Citizen, and Urban CGC, as well as a professional member of APDT. Alissa prides herself on helping clients reach their personal goals with their
dog(s). Alissa is also an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. or (launching October 2015)
Las Vegas area
  Danielle McMullen, APDT, CGCA             
Danielle's experience in working with various animals species goes back 10+ years, but her love for animals has been a part of who she is for as long as she can remember. Danielle is well established in the animal training arena with career highlights including training and performing for JSPA, the largest producer of domestic animal shows in the world and training/caring for the bottlenose dolphin collection at the one and only Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. Danielle is currently a professional member of APDT, a certified AKC CGC, CGCA, CGCU and S.T.A.R. Puppy evaluator. She is the head trainer and sole proprietor of Ace's Dog Training in Las Vegas Nevada.
 Danielle is also an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen  
 Debi Thayer,  APDT, CSDT, NACC-COTI   253-951-6568
Debi is the CEO of Dog Whisperer’s Play Place Big Dog Daycare & Training Center, a trainer for "All American Service Dogs" and the Lead Dog Trainer & Mentor Dog Trainer for Petco Corporation in Auburn, WA.  Debi is also an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test.