At AZ Dog Sports we follow CCPDT guidelines in our training.
You may book a class or private lesson with our trainers by calling our registration desk at 602-237-6775. Or you can sign up for one of our Small-Group Classes by clicking the button below.
Debbie has been working with dogs her entire life. Her love of dogs started early on with 4-H, then as Vet-Tec and as a shelter manager, in L.A., Las Vegas, and Maricopa County. Debbie’s passion for working with dogs introduced her to the sport of Agility. Her love of Agility is one of the reasons she teaches her favorite leisure past time at AZ Dog Sports.
Debbie has been an instructor for Contact Zonies Agility Club since 2006, when she was training her own competition dog. She teaches foundation, novice, and competition Agility. Her creative courses are now part of our indoor venue all year around. In her spare time, Debbie also fosters many rescue dogs for Boxer Love Rescue and has fostered and trained over 30 dogs in the last 10 years for that organization. Debbie provides basic obedience and level 1 training as part of our Board and Train program, where the trainer houses and trains the dog over a 2 to 4-week period. This is a great way to have your dog develop the practical obedience and manners that most guardians would like for their pets.
Debbie is a Realtor by vocation and loves living and training in her space designed for dogs to have fun and exercise in her own spacious home venue, including outdoor agility field! She also shares her passion for clean living with her dogs and has educated herself in raw feeding. In addition she has interests in Natural/Homeopathic care for them as well.
Kwanho Song – Trainer
Kwanho, a native of Seoul, South Korea; is a certified professional dog trainer and also certified in working with behavior modification. He owned his own business in Korea specializing in positive dog training, clicker training, and tricks training. He strives to understand each dog’s temperament and personality. By designing a customized curriculum to appeal to both the guardian and the dog’s strengths, Kwanho maximizes efficient learning for both. He also does private lessons and assists in the mentorship program for AZ Dog Smart Academy for new trainers.
Kwanho participated in the mentorship program with Will Bruner at AZ Dog Smart Academy in 2017. Kwanho is adding this exciting new skill set to his repertoire, and his love of helping people work with dogs in new ways.
His other love is Music. He has both his Bachelor of Music degree from Seoul National University, and his master of Music degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. He is a professional Trombonist and now resides in Arizona, with his wife, also a professional musician. His interest in dogs was first in learning to train his wife’s two therapy dogs, and the rest is history!
Darcy Rohats began training her first Elkhound in 1994 for conformation, obedience and agility. From that experience she was lucky to conduct pet obedience classes for the SPCA of Texas, private kennels, as well as with Petco and asked to develop pet partner instructors for some of their local stores. This experience allowed her to work with many different dog breeds and human/canine teams. Darcy is actively training at Contact Zonies Agility Club and competes in agility, rally and conformation. Over time she has attended seminars including Suzanne Clothier, Christine Zink and Rachel Sanders. She is also a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluator with the AKC. Working with canine/human teams is rewarding and fun to Darcy. She feels it makes the relationship that much more solid.
Lynn Brand – CGC Evaluator, BS Southern Methodist University
Lynn has been actively training companion dogs at AZ Dog Sports for five years at all levels of Obedience as well as all levels of AKC CGC titles. She is an AKC CGC Evaluator up to the AKC Urban Canine level and the AKC STAR Puppy program, and also an APDT Professional Member. She began training German Shepherds in the sport of Schutzhund in 1997. She has taken her dogs through all phases of this sport including the IPO3 level and tracking titles. Her dogs also have their CGC (Canine Good Citizen) certificates. She is an active member of the Phoenix Schutzhund Club and currently Club president. She believes it is important the handler and the dog form a strong bond of trust and love from the beginning and she tailors her training to fully developing this bond through positive reward and reinforcement. She believes it is important for you and your canine friend to enjoy being together by having a dog who is fully under control and a joy to be around.
Ken has been training and competing in a wide range of dog sports since 1982. He and his canine partners have been successful in obedience, conformation, rally, agility and field. Ken has trained and competed with Irish Setters and Flat-Coated Retrievers. He has competed at the top level in Obedience (3 UD titles, 5 CDX titles and 7 CD titles), Rally (an RAE2 title and RE on a 2nd dog) and Agility (MACH2). His oldest dog, Colter, was inducted into the Flat-Coated Retriever Hall of Fame in 2008, while young Talisker is coming up in the field and competing in agility, obedience and field with an eye on qualifying for the Hall of Fame. Ken’s philosophy is that no two dogs are the same and what works for one handler or team isn’t necessarily what is best for another. His idea is to have fun in training and competing while helping each dog to be successful and confident. His classes are not only enjoyable for both handler and dog, they produce results. His students regularly qualify and place. By competing in obedience, rally and agility, Ken teaches how each area can help be successful in the other areas.
For the past ten years Karen has been training dogs of all breeds and experience levels and she is a Certified Master Trainer. She has experience working with reactive dogs, teaching agility and obedience at all levels. Karen’s German Shepherd has titles in Rally Novice, Advanced and Excellence, along with receiving her Canine Good Citizen certification. Her Sheltie and enjoys Agility for fun and she is a certified Therapy Dog. As a trainer working with various companies and private clients Karen has had the opportunity to work with hundreds of dogs and feel that each dog learns differently and no one method is perfect for all dogs- training needs to be flexible for the dog and owner. Her goal is for no one to give up on their dog.
Monika has been actively working with, training, and devoting her time to improving canines since 1998. She is a professional member of APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) and a certified AKC CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Evaluator. She is committed to turning difficult situations into the most effective and convenient solutions for her clients’ dog training needs. Her passion is working with reactive canines by creating structure in the family environment and strengthening the relationships of pets and owners. Monika avidly pursues continuing education and professional development including teaching at AAEC that offers a 4-year youth program. Monika also teaches Treibball, Scentwork & AZ Dog Smart Academy courses for advanced behavioral training and equipment. When she is not helping clients enjoy better lives with their canine companions, Monika competes in AKC Obedience, Rally Trials, and French Ring Sport.
Julie Davis – Certified Professional Dog Trainer from AZ Dog Smart Academy, AKC CGC Evaluator, Trainer and Academy Instructor with AZ Dog Sports and AZ Dog Smart Academy, APDT Member
Julie graduated from AZ Dog Smart Academy in 2020 with a certification as a professional dog trainer, but her career with animals started much earlier. She actually started at nine, in 4H with her Collie, Pepper. She was a puppy raiser in 4H for a local guide dog school in Ohio. From there she then went on to be hired as a guide dog apprentice trainer at an accredited school in Ohio; where she taught dogs and students how to maneuver life as a team. Julie was also a nationally certified veterinary technician working on small and large animals in a number of states around the country; she has worked and trained thoroughbred race horses in Ohio and Kentucky, been a therapy team with her dog Fenton, and worked as an assistant manager at a small animal veterinary clinic in Georgia.
Julie is a veteran from the Ohio Air National Guard. She has a passion for building better relationships with dogs and their owners, focusing on positive training approaches that are fun and educational. She brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to her clients, allowing them to grow and learn, along with their dogs.
Julie enjoys teaching a variety of classes like manners, basic and advanced obedience, shaping, tasks, service dog, therapy dog, public access, Canine Good Citizen, and is building her exposure and experience in scent and nose work.
Linda Borgeson – Certified Master Trainer specializing in German Shepherds & working breeds
Linda grew up with an instinct and ability to understand and communicate with dogs – offering a helpful hand with family, friends and neighbors’ “unruly” dogs. Linda has volunteered at various Animal Rescue Shelters to help with the difficult to adopt “shelter shock” dogs by taking them outside for walks, leash training and basic obedience to give them the best chance of getting adopted.
Since 1988, Linda has owned and trained her own German Shepherds with advanced obedience, agility, tracking and dock diving. As a trainer, Linda has over 20 years working with private client’s dogs with behavior issues and communicating the importance of their dog(s) achieving a minimum of the basic obedience skills. She has taught advanced obedience at various training facilities and in 2010, Linda received her certification as a Master Dog Trainer. Linda’s current German Shepherd has passed all the advanced levels of the CGC Program – including Community and Urban Canine Good Citizen.
Linda enjoys working with all breeds, with a special interest in the working breeds, and evaluating the best training method for each specific dog and owner. At AZ Dog Sports Linda teaches all levels of obedience, behavioral challenges and multi-dog household classes.
Clare Zenk – AZDS Academy Certified Trainer with an emphasis on behavioral and reactive training
Clare is a certified dog trainer here at AZ Dog Sports. She’s loved dogs from a young age. Her first word was actually her dogs name. She grew up with her family having service dogs and fell in love with the idea of being a dog trainer. While working on her degree in business, she’s spent time as a client manager at several dog daycares and in grooming shops. She is currently specializing in behavioral and reactivity training. Clare is teaching private in-home training as a Behavior Specialist and also works on Obedience from Puppies to CGC dogs. Classes at AZ Dog Sports include Level 1 obedience, puppy play, and star puppy. She uses positive reinforcement to build a joyful and respectful relationship between owners and their dogs.
Tabitha Crane – AZDS Academy Certified Trainer, ABCDT, CGC Evaluator
Tabitha has been learning about the art of dog training since 2014 when she was preparing to get her first rescue dog. Delilah came home in January of 2015 with her own set of challenges that put them on the path of pursuing communication and understanding between the two species. Never one to be satiated, Tabitha joined the Association of Professional Dog Trainers in 2015 to take courses and learn from the experiences of dog trainers around the world.
Tabitha completed Animal Behavior College’s program in 2020 and continues to grow her knowledge with seminars about the latest findings in the dog world. She trains with an emphasis on the emotional and physical well-being of dogs and humans. Tabitha is a dog mom to four beauties, two American Staffordshire mixes, a Pomeranian and a Chiweenie.
Denise is a retired high school sculpture teacher who has loved animals since she was a young girl growing up in inner city Chicago. Dogs would follow her home and she would clean them up, feed them work with them and find them a good home. Even on a trip to Mexico and Italy the street dogs followed her. Her compassion and intuitive nature for animals makes her a natural trainer who does what is best for her client and their dogs. She has also worked as a trail guide and horse trainer teaching equestrian camps, raised birds, ferrets and has 3 tortoises as well. Denise rescued her two dogs after her 17-year-old Golden Retriever passed away and discovered one to be extremely fearful and one who was reactive.
It was these two dogs, Levi and Blue that brought her to AZ Dog Sports; as she believes people don’t always get the dogs they want, we gets the dog we need and who needs us. Denise has worked on helping them become more balanced but knows they will need constant work. Just like the street dogs of Chicago, she won’t give up on them. Her years as an educator and dog trainer help people and their dogs communicate so their dogs become well-balanced members of the family and society. Certifications include AZ Dog Smart Academy, certified AKC tricks trainer and CGC evaluator. Denise also is a Doterra essential oils educator for dogs and people! She is currently studying to pass her CCPDT certification now that she is retired as a Phoenix Teacher.
Don Bradley – Director Bridging Forever Families Animal Rescue
Here at AZ Dog Sports Don is our Certified Dog-Walking Supervisor (certified via AZ Dog Smart Academy). He teaches Agility for Beginners and Agility for Fun at AZDS, Swim lessons and Outdoor Adventure, swim and play classes for enrichment as well. Board & Train with Don is also available upon request. Through AZ Dog Smart Academy, Don has learned positive training methods, handling and equipment skills. He does pet-sitting in your home or boarding at his own home. He brings his years of experience to AZ Dog Sports including work as a Vet Tech.
Robert Cantor – Certified Trainer
Robert is a Certified AZ Dog Smart Academy graduate and Arizona native. For his fifth birthday, his parents brought home an Australian Shepherd rescue from the AZ Humane Society. Since then his love for canines has only grown. “I consider it a privilege that my livelihood consists of working with dogs every day!” At AZ Dog Sports Robert teaches in-home private lessons, activity and enrichment classes, swimming and games and also does day-training.
Michael Brand – BS, CCPDT-KA
Michael has been a lover of dogs since he was four years old. His first dog was an American Eskimo called Freeway, so named because the dog was rescued from a freeway in San Francisco. Freeway was one tough cookie, who provided Michael his first, early lessons in understanding the complex needs of dogs, from the reactive and unsocialized to the easy-going and gregarious.
Early work as a pet sitter and dog walker fueled Michael’s commitment to learn as much as possible in the field. As his interests and involvement with dogs grew, he studied for and obtained the CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer) certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
Michael was the General Manager of AZ Dog Sports, working closely with clients to learn their needs and then prescribing appropriate training classes. As a principal trainer for Zen K9, Michael worked with dogs on everything from basic obedience to aggression. These experiences greatly increased Michael’s practical knowledge of canine behavior and his ability to “speak dog.”Michael enjoys working with and educating owners, helping them to understand their canine friends. He is actively involved in developing workshops on subjects important to pet owners and is often called upon to consult with dog-centric businesses to develop protocols for assessing canine temperament. Michael lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Danelle and their two daughters.
Mary Price – AZDS Academy Certified Trainer with an emphasis on behavioral and reactive training, AKC Tricks Trainer, CCPDT-KA , CGC Evaluator, APDT Affiliated, MBA University of Phoenix
Mary Price has ten years of dog training experience with puppy training, dog obedience, behavior modification, and introduction to agility and rally. She is a certified dog trainer, through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and has taken a variety of classes to reinforce and build upon her skills to resolve unwanted behaviors, to teach obedience, and introduce dog sports to help dog owners develop a better connection with their dog to enrich their lives.
As a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Mary is committed to becoming a better trainer through continued education as she strives to continually improve her experience and qualifications. With a tireless dedication to educating dog owners to discover the benefits of basic obedience training, she is paving the way for the owner and dog to build a working relationship that helps them learn new activities or sports as they move from basic obedience to sporting actives.