Pat Rohde has been training dogs since she was a child. Her early experience teaching a rescue mixed breed how to perform many tricks resulted in a life-long love of training.
Pat has had a variety of breeds over the years including terriers, retrievers, poodles and many mixed breeds. She has a natural ability to read dogs which helps to adapt her methods to many different types of dogs.
She enjoys competing with her own dogs in obedience, agility and conformation and has multiple titles in those venues.
She is a member of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers and passed the CPDT certification exam in 2003. She is an authorized mentor for Animal Behavior College and has trained for the City of Cupertino, the City of Menlo Park and Palo Alto Humane Society. Pat finds doing behavior consultations very rewarding and also enjoys teaching upbeat, motivational group classes.
Her specialties include building confidence in shy dogs and working extensively with family pets helping dogs and children develop healthy relationships.
Mary Swinyer has been involved in formal training for 25 years. She has been a Certified Professional Dog Trainer for over 10 years (CPDT). She is an APDT member as well as a member of the local and national Alaskan Malamute clubs. She is the west-coast area reporter for the AMCA newsletter and a regular contributor of articles on training and behavior.
Mary competes in obedience, rally, nosework and agility. She participates in working events such as carting/sledding, weight pull and backpacking. Mary and one of her Malamutes are a registered Therapy Dogs Inc. team. She also enjoys Nosework and Freestyle.
Vikki Ogden began her dog training career in 1988 at a local obedience club with a 4 month old Bearded Collie, Misty. She finished Misty's Companion Dog (C.D.) title in 1992 and male, Quincy, finished his Breed Championship in 1993. In 1995 she raised her first service dog puppy for Canine Companions for Independence and went on to raise or co-raise 5 puppies in total. She recently retired from teaching obedience classes for puppy raisers in the South Bay. She currently has 2 terrier mixes. Watson is training in obedience and agility and has a number of tricks in his repetoire. Mia is currently training in obedience to get ready for agility training.
Cathy Lynch adopted a Labrador Retriever from the Peninsula Humane Society in the early 90’s, and decided to take her to a dog training class. She checked out several, but none were to her liking until she saw Pat Rohde’s classes. She signed up for the beginning class in 1993 and hasn't stopped training since! Pat asked her to be an assistant in 1996, and now along with continuing to assist in the beginner classes, she also instructs the Advanced 1 class.
She is a member of APDT, and continues to read and go to behavior and training seminars to stay informed. She owns Flat-Coated Retrievers that she trains and competes with in obedience, agility and conformation.
Arlene Nichols began training at Rav'n Dog Training in the early '90s. She has had Border Collies and Australian Cattle Dogs. She has trained her dogs to compete in obedience and agility events. She currently teaches the pet class.
Erin Callaghan has been training her own dogs since the 70s. She came to Rav’n Dog Training in 1993 and eventually became an assistant. She now trains the Intermediate II classes, Community K9 and beginning classes. She has had a variety of dogs, including working breeds and hounds. Now she primarily has mixed breeds, hounds and does rescue and foster work. She has competed in obedience and agility and trained her dogs in lure coursing. She also trains for Canine Companions for Independence. She has trained for the City of Cupertino, the city of Menlo Park and Palo Alto Humane Society. She is also a member of Association of Pet Dog Trainers and passed the CCPDT Certification to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed. She is a certified Canine Good Citizen, Advanced Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy evaluator.