The Trainers

Head Trainers

Victoria Kander, KPA-CTP, CTDI, CNWI, CCUI
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Victoria Kander KPA-CTP, CTDI, CNWI, AKC-E
Victoria Kander KPA-CTP, CTDI, CNWI, AKC-E

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Victoria Kander KPA-CTP, CTDI, CNWI, AKC-E
Victoria Kander KPA-CTP, CTDI, CNWI, AKC-E

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Victoria Kander KPA-CTP, CTDI, CNWI, AKC-E
Victoria Kander KPA-CTP, CTDI, CNWI, AKC-E

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Victoria Kander KPA-CTP, CTDI, CNWI, AKC-E
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Victoria has been training dogs since she was a girl, she loved teaching her childhood dogs new things! She was always that kid that would bring home the animal that she found out on her adventures from tadpoles to puppies. She spent 4 years in Europe where she experienced a lot of dog sports, especially agility. That sparked the light that was already there. Her passion for dog behavior and training continued to grow as she watched numerous handlers run and train with their dogs. She continues to learn more and expand her knowledge on how dogs learn and find ways to make training fun and easy. She stays up to date by participating in seminars, workshops, books and attending classes with her dogs.

She decided to pursue this love for dogs and the fascination with the animal and human bond. As she grew in her experience and love for dog training, she was drawn in more and more into the sport world. She believes that good communication and understanding is the key to good dog training. If we are unable to communicate with our dogs and vise versa, how can we do our best? Building a relationship to create the best team possible on and off the field. She feels dog training should be fun for the dog and owner no matter what their ends goals are.

She is a Certified Training Partner with Karen Pryor Academy (KPA-CTP), A Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI) with Do More With Your Dog, an AKC Evaluator (AKCE) and an Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) for the National Association for Canine Scent Work. She is also currently working toward her Control Unleashed Instructor certification. ​ She teaches swimming and dock diving at Four Paws Pet Hotel and Resort in Fort Collins, CO. 

She loves to spend her free time being outdoors in nature, drawing and photographing dogs. She shares her life and joy of dog training with her 4 current dogs, Miska, Ares, Zelda and Navi who are more than happy to ride along in this crazy adventure she calls her life. She also has an amazing partner in life, Jojo, who supports every step of her career.

Seminars/Continuing Education Attended:

  • Karen Pryor Academy 2017

  • Certified Pet First Aid and CPR

  • American Kennel Club Evaluator 

  • Certified Trick Dog Instructor Course

  • C Spot Win Agility Camp 2017

  • Colorado Disc Dog Seminars

  • Karen Pryor Dog Sport Essentials Certificate

  • Karen Pryor Puppy Start Right Instructor

  • Nose Work Camp 2018, 2019

  • Nose Work Certification Course 2018

  • K9 Nose Work Shelter Program 2019

  • Stacy Goudy Agility Seminars

  • Susan Garret Agility Nation 

Megan Wallace, B.S., CPDT-KA, CNWI, CCUI

Megan Wallace, B.S., CPDT-KA, CNWI, CCUI
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Megan Wallace, B.S., CPDT-KA, CNWI, CCUI
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Megan has been training dogs since age 11 when she attempted to certify her family dogs as therapy dogs. While the family dogs were a bit old to pursue new careers, being 11 and 13, Megan was at the start of a lifelong passion for dogs which eventually became her career. This passion led her into the world of dog behavior and training, and started a quest for knowledge that has been never ending. With a gift for relating to people as well as their pets, Megan strives to find solutions to behavior problems that work as well for the owners as they do for dogs. She stays up-to-date with the most progressive dog training methods by attending seminars, reading training books, and taking classes with her own dogs.

 

Megan believes that training should be fun for the dogs and the owners, and strives to help every person find the joy in dog training. She does this by teaching straight-forward, dog-friendly methods that cater to the needs of all dog owners. Megan is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers, and is a Certified K9 Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) through the National Association of Canine Nose Work, and a Certified Control Unleashed Instructor (CCUI). She also works with dog training professionals to learn how to run successful businesses as an Assistant Coach with The Modern Dog Trainer. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Colorado State University. She is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the National Association of Canine Scent Work.

In her free time Megan enjoys spending time with her husband James, and their three dogs, training and competing with them in a variety of dog sports, and enjoying the wonderful local Colorado music scene. She also enjoys volunteering at the Rocky Mountain Raptor Center, where she handles their educational ambassadors, as well as giving presentations. She continues her love of education by teaching the public about raptors, and how humans impact their lives. Her goal in life is to help humans and dogs (and all animals!) understand each other just a little better.

Seminars/Continuing Education Attended:

  • Sue Ailsby (Training)

  • Kay Laurence (Behavior and training)

  • Leslie McDevitt (Behavior and training)

  • Patricia McConnell (Behavior)

  • Jean Donaldson (Behavior)

  • Dan Estep and Suzanne Hetts (Behavior)

  • Amy Herot (Nose Work)

  • Leah Ganglehoff (Nose Work)

  • Dana Zinn and Sue Sternberg (Nose Work)

  • Dog Scout Camp, 2009, 2010, 2012

  • Clicker Expo 2012

  • Volunteered at Penn Vet Working Dog Center, April 2013

  • K9 Nose Work Camp, 2013, 2015, 2018, 2019

  • K9 Nose Work Instructor Certification Course, 2015

  • Certified in Pet First Aid by the American Red Cross

  • Art and Science of Animal Training Conference 2019

  • Virtual Nose Work Camp 2020

  • Certified Control Unleashed Instructor 2020

K9 Team Members

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Miska
Female German Shepherd
Nose Work Titles - ORT, NW1, NW2

Flyball Titles- FD, FDX, FDch

Barn Hunt Titles - RATN, RATO, RATS

Dock Diving Titles- DS

Obedience Titles- CD

Rally Titles- RN, RA, RE

Other Titles- CGCA, ETD

Disc Placements- 3rd Place Texas T&F Championships Masters Division

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Ares
Male Beauceron
Nose Work Titles - ORT, NW1

Barn Hunt Titles - RATN, RATO, RATS

Dock Diving Titles- DJ

Other Titles- CGC, ATD

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Zelda
Female Australian Shepherd

Flyball Titles- FD, FDX, FDch, FDch-S

Barn Hunt Titles - RATN

Other Titles- CGC, ATD

Disc Placements- 2nd place Womens Texas Quad 2020

1st Place Texas T&F Championships Masters Division 2020

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Navi
Female Border Collie

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Lucy
Female Border Collie

Nose Work Titles- ORT, NW1

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Fawkes
Male Rhodesian Ridgeback

Nose Work Titles- ORT, NW1, NW2

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Han Solo
Male Border Collie

Certifications and Education

Why do certifications matter?

You will notice that both of us have quite a few letters behind our names, most of which won’t make sense without some explanation. We could tell you exactly what those letters stand for, but that still may not make much sense if you don’t know what’s behind these achievements. The truth is, the dog training industry is unregulated, so we don’t need any of these letters to do our jobs. However, they represent a commitment to continuing education, and always striving to bring you the best client experience possible! Each of these certifications represents time spent learning new skills, making videos to prove our ability to teach these skills, studying for tests, communicating with mentors, and networking with our colleagues. We do this because we want to bring the most up-to-date knowledge on training and behavior, so that you and your dog will be successful in anything you do!

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Karen Pryor Academy

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Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers

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