• Maureen Patin CPDT-KA
    Maureen Patin CPDT-KA
    Maureen Patin CPDT-KA

    Founder / Head Trainer

    Maureen Patin CPDT-KA

    Maureen Patin CPDT-KA founded What a Great Dog! Training Center in 2007. She is the Head Trainer for both WAGD locations and the online learning division, Great Dog Online. Maureen earned her certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She keeps current on the latest evidence-based, positive training techniques through online courses and attending seminars.

    Maureen utilizes positive, reward-based training methods to help people achieve fabulous results with their dogs. She firmly believes that making training fun for the dog AND the person will net the best results. The thousands of happy WAGD clients are a great testament to that philosophy!

  • Ashley Johnson KPA-CTP
    Ashley Johnson KPA-CTP
    Ashley Johnson KPA-CTP

    Head Pet Manners Trainer

    Ashley Johnson KPA-CTP

    Ashley joined the What a Great Dog! staff in February 2013. She is the Head Trainer for WAGD’s Pet Manners program. Ashley is a Senior Trainer, teaching Pet Manners and Rally. Ashley is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and an AKC CGC Evaluator. She utilizes positive, science-based training techniques for both dogs and people!

    Ashley is a key thought leader for WAGD, bringing the latest innovations in positive training to our team. She also holds the distinction of being the dog trainer for the Frisco Roughriders Baseball organization. She worked with Roughriders staff to train the team dog, Brooks, for on-field entertainment during home games.

    Ashley graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of North Texas. Fortunately, she realized her true passion was for training dogs and their people to have stronger, mutually beneficial relationships. Ashley has two dogs, Theo, an English Springer Spaniel and Bee, a Border Collie. Ashley enjoys a variety of dog sports including agility, rally, tricks, and canine modeling.

  • Rachel Downs
    Rachel Downs
    Rachel Downs

    Head Agility Trainer

    Rachel Downs

    Rachel Downs got started in dog training and dog sports as a young child, having been raised in a family that trained and showed dogs in conformation, obedience, and agility. Rachel spent most of her teenage years and young adulthood training and teaching lessons and classes in agility, obedience, and behavior. She taught part-time through college, where she worked to obtain her Bachelors of Science in Psychology, which she says helps her to better understand learning theory and how to apply it to competitive agility. Rachel’s training theory is to teach the dog to fully understand how they are supposed to complete the obstacles independently, so that the handler is free to focus on telling the dog where to go next on course. This way, both members of the team know their jobs, and can perform it to the best of their abilities. Because of Rachel’s background in behavior modification, Rachel believes that she brings a uniqueness to the world of agility training, where she is capable of truly focusing on training the dog, and not just training “agility”. Her idea of “success” for her students isn’t about ribbons or accolades, but about how much the dog enjoys playing the sport with it’s handler.

    Rachel’s ability to develop a confident relationship of trust and understanding with her own dogs has led to many accomplishments, including many agility championships.

    2019 was an especially notable year. Vixen and Glory both won the National Championship in Steeplechase at the USDAA Cynosport World Games, and both girls also won the National Championship in Biathalon, securing Glory a win-on spot with Team USA competing at the 2020 IFCS World Agility Championships.

    Rachel’s prior big individual wins under her belt include a Bronze Medal in Biathalon at the 2013 Central Regional Championships with her Catahoula, Mimzy, and in 2014 winning the Performance Grand Prix Gold Medal with her Catahoula Deets, and winning both the Grand Prix and Steeplechase Regional Championships with her Border Collie, Vixen. Most notably, in 2014, Rachel and Vixen won the National Championships in both Grand Prix and Steeplechase, as well as winning the gold medal in Jumpers, Snooker, and the silver medal in Gamblers. In 2016, after more placements in the Regional Championships with both Vixen and Mimzy, Rachel and Vixen took the silver medal in the Grand Prix Finals at the Cynosport World Games, and 4th place in Steeplechase Finals.

    In 2018, both Vixen, and Rachel’s young Border Collie named Glory, won the Overall Winner at the UKI Cup in Texas, winning themselves byes to the National Championship Final at the US Open, where Vixen took Silver, and Glory took Bronze (in her first ever National event.)

  • Alyssa Copeland
    Alyssa Copeland
    Alyssa Copeland

    Pet Manners Trainer

    Alyssa Copeland

    Alyssa joined the What a Great Dog! team in 2019 and completed the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Training Foundations and WAGD’s Trainer Education Program in 2020. She teaches Pet Manners at the Richardson location.

    Alyssa has always had a passion for dogs, having grown up in a family that competed with dogs in conformation, agility, and competitive obedience. She also participated in junior handling as a teenager. In 2016, Alyssa was involved in a dog attack that left her with a traumatic brain injury but that did not dissuade her from her passion in dogs. Instead, it fueled  a greater passion for behavior modification based on positive reinforcement. After attending her first class at WAGD with her Doberman Duncan Alyssa quickly decided that this was where she wanted to pursue a dog training career.

    Alyssa now has two dogs: a Doberman Pinscher named Duncan and a Whippet named Egg. She trains her dogs with a focus on building a strong relationship with them and having fun, and strives to help her students achieve this as well.

  • Ashton Gray
    Ashton Gray
    Ashton Gray

    General Manager of WAGD-Richardson

    Ashton Gray

    Ashton Gray has been a member of the What a Great Dog! team since September 2017. They teach Trick Dog classes, Manners classes, and they’re the General Manager at the Richardson location. Ashton completed the WAGD Trainer Education program in 2017 and is an AKC CGC Evaluator. Their greatest joy is helping owners build stronger relationships with their dogs through force free training.

    Ashton was introduced to the world of behavior modification and clicker training when they adopted their first dog Potter, a Coonhound mix. In their journey with Potter to help him overcome his fears, Ashton saw the changes clicker training had with him. Spending time shaping tricks and giving Potter choices helped him grow in confidence and trust, taking their relationship to a deeper level. Ashton strives to help students build similar relationships with their own dogs based on trust, clear communication, and fun!

    Ashton dedicates their free time to continuing their education on dog behavior through seminars, online courses like Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, as well as any book they can get their hands on. They also train Potter in Nose Work and their Silken Windhound Lazuli in Agility. Outside of the dog world, Ashton spends their time hiking and studying photography.

  • Bob Rodriguez
    Bob Rodriguez
    Bob Rodriguez

    Nose Work Trainer

    Bob Rodriguez

    Bob has competed and titled his dog in some of the highest levels of Nose Work Competition. Bob will tell you that “First Place Ribbons and Titles are wonderful achievements for you and your dog, but at the end of the day what really matters is having a loving relationship with your Dog” – Nose Work is one way to develop that relationship.

    Bob has worked with a variety of dog breeds using proven, positive, and fun methods which are based upon a dog’s instincts and natural abilities. These methods work for both pet owners who just want to have a great experience with their dogs and also for those interested in serious Nose Work Competition.

    He has helped adults develop management skills in the corporate setting as well as teaching electric technology in the Dallas Community College. Teaching is just one of his passions. In addition to Nose Work competition, Bob competes and has titled in Conformation, Obedience, and Rally using positive training methods.

  • Brittany Wingfield
    Brittany Wingfield
    Brittany Wingfield

    Pet Manners Trainer

    Brittany Wingfield

    Brittany joined the What A Great Dog! Team in January 2017. She enjoys teaching pet owners all about positive training, building relationships and communicating better with their pups.

    She has her Bachelor of Sciences in Biology from the University of Louisville and got hooked on training while volunteering at The Louisville Zoo in 2010 watching sessions with sea lions, bears and tigers!

    In addition to training at WAGD part-time, Brittany works full-time at the Dallas Zoo as a Senior Zoologist in the carnivore department. When she’s not working with the dogs at WAGD or the BIG cats at the zoo, Brittany enjoys taking Nose Work and Agility classes with her pug, Turk.

  • Cindy Dalton
    Cindy Dalton
    Cindy Dalton

    Flyball Trainer

    Cindy Dalton

    Cindy Dalton has been competing in flyball since early 2008, starting with her rescue cattle dog Bentley. The club she competes on, Sure Shots, is the 6th fastest team in U-FLI flyball. Sure Shots travel to the U-FLI Championship tournament at Purina Farms each year and placed third in Division 2 in 2017. She currently has three border collie/whippet mixes (Ember, Bazinga! and Blaze) competing actively in flyball.

    Cindy started teaching flyball classes at Dog Quest in Lewisville in 2014 and started at WAGD in early 2017. Her philosophy is for dog and handler to have fun together and deepen their bond and learn to work as a team. She has worked with a wide variety of dog breeds, some not often seen in flyball including French bulldogs and a Xoloitzcuintli! Her retired flyball border collie, Myles, assists with training advanced dogs in class.

    Before working as a flyball trainer, Cindy worked for American Airlines for 19 years and graduated from University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism.

  • Clemmie Jones KPA-CTP
    Clemmie Jones KPA-CTP
    Clemmie Jones KPA-CTP

    Pet Manners Trainer

    Clemmie Jones KPA-CTP

    Clemmie Jones, KPA-CTP, joined What a Great Dog in 2019. She is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, and she completed the WAGD Trainer Education Program in 2020. Clemmie first started working with dogs as a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), an assistance dog organization, in 2013. She went to work in the CCI kennels to get more hands-on experience in 2015 and also volunteered at the SPCA of Texas before joining WAGD.

    Clemmie has two dogs of her own, Maxwell, a Golden Retriever/Lab Cross, and Lulu, a Labrador. In addition to training in Manners, Tricks, Agility, and Nosework, Clemmie loves hiking and playing with her dogs, and snuggling on the couch.

    Clemmie loves using the latest science-based training techniques to help people train their dogs, and to build great relationships based on clear communication between dog and person. She keeps up with new developments in the dog training world through courses, seminars, conferences and workshops, mostly through the Karen Pryor Academy and the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy. Clemmie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Cambridge in England. She moved to the USA in 2011, and has the leftovers of a British accent.

  • Dan Bohun
    Dan Bohun
    Dan Bohun

    Pet Manners Trainer

    Dan Bohun

    Dan teaches Pet Manners classes, Puppy Preschools, and private lessons at our Frisco location. Dan has been an avid dog lover from a young age; growing up with multiple dogs and later having his own. He previously worked in the healthcare field, specifically in hospital management with over 20 years in the materials department. In 2018, Dan and his wife adopted their first rescue dog, Koda Bear, a Labrador/Great Pyrenees mix. Dan felt training would be beneficial and found What a Great Dog! In training Koda Bear, Dan found his true calling and decided it was time for a career change.

    Dan joined the team at What a Great Dog! in September 2019, and completed the WAGD Trainer Education Program in 2020. He continues his education through working with mentors, participating in seminars and training groups, and continuing classes with both Koda Bear, and their newest rescue, Freckles, an Australian Cattle Dog/Great Pyrenees mix. You will often find him working with his dogs as he believes consistent, positive training, truly cements a healthy, satisfying relationship between dog and owner. String cheese and boiled chicken goes a long way too!

  • Diane Cocchiara
    Diane Cocchiara
    Diane Cocchiara

    Pet Manners Trainer

    Diane Cocchiara

    Diane Cocchiara joined WAGD back in 2018! She teaches Pet Manners, Puppy Preschools and Private Lessons. She completed her Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Foundations course in 2018 and WAGD Trainer Education Program in 2019. She is currently working on her certification through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers.

    Diane has two dogs of her own, Eugene a Lab/Hound mix and Arnold a feisty little Pembroke Welsh Corgi. They enjoy a variety of sports together including agility, rally, dock diving and tricks.

    Diane graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Oklahoma (Boomer!) and a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University. Soon after graduation a foster puppy fell into her arms, dog training became a new passion and life never was the same since!

  • Gabi Vannini CPDT-KA
    Gabi Vannini CPDT-KA
    Gabi Vannini CPDT-KA

    Specialty & Pet Manners Trainer

    Gabi Vannini CPDT-KA

    Gabi Vannini CPDT-KA joined the WAGD staff in fall 2018. She teaches barn hunt, agility, conformation, rally and manners. She is an AKC CGC, trick, ACT test, temperament test and farm dog evaluator. Gabi competes in a variety of dog sports with her own dogs and has titled in obedience, agility, rally, conformation, lure coursing, dock diving, barn hunt, tricks and herding. She has a particular fondness for rare breeds and has titled multiple “off” breeds in various dog sports, including Icelandic Sheepdogs, Norrbottenspets, Great Pyrenees and mixed breeds. She is heavily involved with her two rare breeds, as the president of the American Norrbottenspets Association and a board member of the Icelandic Sheepdog Association of America and the National Icelandic Sheepdog Rescue Alliance. Her Icelandic Sheepdog, Link, has been among the top ranked in his breed in agility, obedience, rally, conformation, coursing, barn hunt and dock diving. He has won High in Trials, competed at Westminster, the AKC Rally National Championship, AKC Obedience Classic and AKC Agility Invitational. She has a degree in Journalism from Michigan State University, and has worked in marketing for various animal shelters. Most recently, she managed the equine adoption program at the SPCA of Texas. She and her husband Chris have fostered more than 400 animals in the last few years. When she’s not competing or hanging out with her dogs, she enjoys traveling and trying unique new foods.

  • Jean May
    Jean May
    Jean May

    Pet Manners Trainer

    Jean May

    Jean joined What a Great Dog! in April of 2017. She teaches Pet Manners classes and privates at both locations. Jean has always had a passion for dogs and the desire to work with them. She has a degree in Emergency Management and recently retired from the emergency responder world after 20 years. She joined the staff of WAGD to fulfill her dream of working with canines. She had been a long-time WAGD client and completed the WAGD Trainer Education Program in 2017. She continues her education through seminars and working with mentors.

    Jean believes good training starts with building a bond with your dog, positive training, and equivalent trust.

    At home she has three German Shepherds, Casanova, Zeus and Isabella. She also has three horses that occupy her time away from work.

  • Kristi Bass CPDT-KA
    Kristi Bass CPDT-KA
    Kristi Bass CPDT-KA

    Senior Pet Manners Trainer

    Kristi Bass CPDT-KA

    Kristi joined the What a Great Dog! team in 2016. She is a Senior Trainer, teaching Pet Manners in both group classes and private lessons at our Frisco location.

    While working with dog playgroups in the daycare setting, she became fascinated by canine behavior. After 8 years in banking, she decided it was time to change careers.  She completed the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Foundations course in 2016, and the WAGD Trainer Education Program in 2017.  In 2019 Kristi earned her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer).  Kristi is an AKC Tricks and CGC evaluator, as well as a member of the Pet Professional Guild.

    Kristi enjoys teaching people to use positive training methods to teach their dogs to better fit into their families. She believes that training should be fun for the dog as well as the human.  Kristi and her husband, Robert, currently have 3 Boston Terriers named Joey, Chandler, and Doctor Geller, as well as a deaf Boxer named Gunther.

  • Laura Arasmith Wilson CPDT-KA
    Laura Arasmith Wilson CPDT-KA
    Laura Arasmith Wilson CPDT-KA

    Pet Manners Trainer

    Laura Arasmith Wilson CPDT-KA

    Laura Arasmith Wilson is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She joined the What a Great Dog! team in 2018. She teaches Pet Manners in both group classes and private lessons at our Frisco location. She also teaches our Enrichment Seminar: Beyond Squeaky Toys!

    In 2013, Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She has since interned with the Oakland Zoo and worked as a Veterinary Technician and Kennel Assistant for several vets and shelters. She completed the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Foundations course and the WAGD Trainer Education Program in 2019.

    Laura enjoys using positive training methods and enrichment to help build strong connections between dogs and their families. Laura and her husband, Jacob, have three wonderful dogs. Loki is a Lab mix rescued in 2015 and Baldur is a Greyhound mix rescued in 2017. Their newest addition to the family, Fenrir, is a Cardigan Welsh Corgi born in May of 2019. Fenrir is Laura’s sport prospect and has already started foundations training for Agility and Nose Work.

  • Macy Holdrich
    Macy Holdrich
    Macy Holdrich

    Pet Manners Trainer

    Macy Holdrich

    Macy joined What a Great Dog! in August of 2019. She teaches Pet Manners at our Richardson location. She enjoys teaching clients how to build a relationship with their dogs using positive reinforcement training so that they can experience the joy of training together!

    Macy has a passion for positive, reward-based dog training and continues to learn though attending workshops and working closely with other WAGD trainers. She is also working on her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at the University of Texas at Dallas and aspires to be a CPA.

    She trains with her dog Atticus, a border collie mix, in Nose Work and Tricks, with a focus on building his confidence in new places. Her biggest goal in training is to make sure her dog is having fun!

  • Meagan Johnson
    Meagan Johnson
    Meagan Johnson

    Agility & Senior Pet Manners Trainer

    Meagan Johnson

    Meagan Johnson joined the WAGD staff in 2018. Meagan has worked with families and their dogs since 2012. She teaches Agility, Tricks and Pet Manners group classes and privates.

    Meagan dove deep into learning the science of force free training as she trained her first dog, Twig. Twig went on to become her first competitive agility dog in 2012. She has been passionate about the sport of dog agility ever since. Meagan has attended many seminars and webinars with the top agility handlers from around the world, taking new knowledge and fusing it together for training that’s always fun, energetic, and progressive.

    Meagan provides instruction that is fun and engaging for students – with an emphasis on fun! When it comes to agility believes it’s not just about the dog completing an obstacle, but how much they enjoy doing it.

    Meagan’s current agility dog,  Brix,  has taken off with a promising agility career. Brix also teaches Meagan everyday how every dog is an individual and not all behavioral issues have a single answer.

    Twig: AD, JS-O, GS-N, RS-O, SSS, ISD
    Brix: AD, SSB, BID,

  • Mickey Schufman
    Mickey Schufman
    Mickey Schufman

    Nose Work Trainer

    Mickey Schufman

    Mickey has been involved with dogs for over 40 years and has competed in conformation, obedience, rally and agility. She started an in-home training business (Four Paws Training School) in 2002 and worked with owners using reward based training. Some of the trainers who have influenced her most are: Susan Garrett, Bob Bailey, Pat Miller, Kathy Sdao, Jean Donaldson, and Ken Ramirez.

    An owner and fan of big dogs for most of her life, she has now downsized to a couple of little guys: Micah (terrier mix), and Harper Lee (Papillon). In 2012 she went to a seminar to learn about K9 Nose Work, a new dog sport, and it quickly became her passion. She has been teaching nosework at What A Great Dog! in Frisco since opening in 2012, and has several classes each week. Her favorite venues to compete in are NACSW (National Assoc of Canine Scent Work) and USCSS (United States Canine Scent Sports). Above all, she believes that competition needs to be a great experience between you and your dog, and that success is completely secondary.

  • Pam Opanowitz
    Pam Opanowitz
    Pam Opanowitz

    Barn Hunt Trainer

    Pam Opanowitz

    Pam joined the WAGD team in 2019, bringing extensive knowledge of both training and competing in Barn Hunt. She has been an integral part of launching Barn Hunt at WAGD. She is teaching all levels of Barn Hunt at WAGD

    Pam began training and competing in dog sports with her miniature schnauzer Lucy in 2012. Lucy has earned numerous titles in various agility venues including 2 championships in TDAA agility. Pam has also trained, competed and titled Lucy in nosework and earned her CGCA and Intermediate Trick Dog titles.  Pam started in the sport of Barn Hunt at the sport’s inception. She is co-founder of North Texas Barnhunters, the local barn hunt club and has served on the board for the past 6 yrs as well as serving on the National committee for the 3 yrs that the club hosted the Barn Hunt National. Pam was a National Judge for the first National held in Mo in 2014 and was recently a National Judge for the 2019 Barn Hunt National.

    Pam has been a Barn Hunt judge since 2014 and has traveled across the country to judge in various clubs. She’s also a club and judge mentor for the BHA. She has been teaching barn hunt classes since 2015 and has developed training methods aimed at enhancing the dog’s natural hunting as well as teaching handlers how to read their dog’s indicators. All dogs hunt differently in Barn Hunt and Pam adapts her classes to fulfill each dog’s individual needs.
    She currently competes in Barn Hunt with her three dogs. Lucy and Katniss are miniature schnauzers and Ante is a Russell Terrier. Lucy currently has earned her RATCHX3 which is 4 Barn Hunt championships and is over halfway to her RATCHX4. She’s also earned her CZ8PS title with is 3000 Crazy 8s points. Katniss has her Open title. Ante came to live with Pam, Lucy and Katniss at the end of April 2019. While working on teamwork with Ante she has been competing in Open B and has earned her RATOX title. In her spare time she’s begun running Ante in Earthdog and Lure Coursing.

    When she’s not working with dogs Pam is an Account Manager at an electrical enclosure manufacturer. She has 3 grown children as well as a 3 yr old granddaughter.

  • Rachel Vogt
    Rachel Vogt
    Rachel Vogt

    General Manager of WAGD-Frisco

    Rachel Vogt

    Rachel has been a member of the What a Great Dog! team since November of 2018. She is the General Manager for the Frisco location, and teaches Pet Manners. She completed the WAGD Trainer Education program in 2019.

    Rachel has been training dogs since she acquired her first Labrador Retriever while in college. Rachel started attending classes at WAGD with her rescued Lab mix, Bruce, in 2016 and was hooked on their methodology. In 2017, she started to foster dogs pulled from the Dallas Animal Services shelter. She learned a tremendous amount about integrating multiple dogs into a household and working with shy dogs.

    Rachel now lives with fours dogs of her own. She continues her education by taking many courses through Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, attending Clicker Expo, and attending seminars throughout the year. She is a member of the IAABC. She holds a Bachelors from Davidson College and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

  • Rhea Northcut CPDT-KA ABCDT
    Rhea Northcut CPDT-KA ABCDT
    Rhea Northcut CPDT-KA ABCDT

    Nose Work & Senior Pet Manners Trainer

    Rhea Northcut CPDT-KA ABCDT

    Rhea Northcut, CPDT-KA, ABCDT is a Senior Trainer with What a Great Dog! She joined the WAGD family in 2016. Rhea teaches Pet Manners and Nose Work in both group classes and private lessons.

    Rhea is an Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She enjoys teaching owners how to better communicate with their canine companions. She has a special place in her heart for rescues and shelter dogs, having spent a large portion of her free time volunteering at animal shelters.

    Rhea also has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas Tech University. While at Tech, she started her first volunteer work with shelter dogs at The Haven Animal Care Shelter in Lubbock, Texas and also took a course on Human-Animal Interaction. This is what initially sparked her interest in dog training. She started her Masters in Counseling at the University of North Texas with the goal of doing pet therapy. She quickly realized that it was the dogs’ training she was most interested in and was more than willing to give up her spot in the counseling program to fully commit her education efforts to dog training.

    Rhea spends her free time volunteering with Collin County Animal Services in McKinney and spending time with her husband, daughters, and her dog Lizzie, an Icelandic Sheepdog. Rhea enjoys trail running, hiking, and training and competing in Nose Work.

  • Robin Cameron KPA-CTP
    Robin Cameron KPA-CTP
    Robin Cameron KPA-CTP

    Nose Work & Senior Pet Manners Trainer

    Robin Cameron KPA-CTP

    Robin Cameron KPA-CTP joined What a Great Dog! in January 2016. She is a WAGD Senior Trainer who teaches Pet Manners, Nose Work and Reactive Dog classes. Robin is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner. She focuses on developing the human-canine bond by helping people understand dog behavior and teach new behaviors and skills with positive, science based methods. She also enjoys teaching people how to use clicker training to master fun and complex tricks and behaviors.

    Robin is fascinated by psychology and behavior, both canine and human. In the Karen Pryor Academy program, she developed a deep understanding of positive training and its application to pet dogs. While pursuing her college major in Communications and Literature, she spent her elective hours on psychology. She also has an interest in applying the concepts of gamification (more powerful knowledge retention and understanding of concepts through games and puzzles) to dog training. Robin continually works to build her expertise through certification, seminars, and self study wherever possible.

    Outside of work, her three dogs Kaiju (German Shepherd), Ronin (Border Collie mix) and Deku (Iceland Sheepdog) occupy her time with their exploits in Nose Work, Agility, Rally, and trick training.

  • Ryan Shaw CPDT-KA
    Ryan Shaw CPDT-KA
    Ryan Shaw CPDT-KA

    Agility Trainer

    Ryan Shaw CPDT-KA

    Ryan joined WAGD in May of 2011, teaching Agility and Pet Manners classes. Ryan worked in the commercial construction industry for 22 years.

    When she earned her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer)  in 2013, Ryan left the corporate world to pursue her dream of working with and training dogs as a full-time profession. Ryan’s utilizes positive reinforcement training methods, including clicker training and free shaping. She has a reputation of running classes that are as fun for the people as they are for the dogs!

    Ryan lives in Allen with two dogs; Australian Shepherd, Ping and Border Terrier, Bunker. Both of the dogs currently run in agility and Bunker is on his way to his conformation championship. All of her dogs have always had golf-themed names. Previous dogs were named Divot, Bogey, Driver and Caddyshack.

  • Sharon Lacaze
    Sharon Lacaze
    Sharon Lacaze

    Co-owner / Head of Operations

    Sharon Lacaze

    Sharon Lacaze joined What a Great Dog! in January 2016. She is the Head of Operations and a Co-owner of What a Great Dog! She also teaches Pet Manners classes. Sharon utilizes positive, reward-based training where owners can have fun and their dogs enjoy working.

    Sharon has taken hundreds of classes with her dogs at WAGD since 2011. Sharon has attended several dog training seminars and online courses such as those offered by Susan Garrett. She is an AKC certified CGC evaluator. Sharon has also titled dogs in many sports including agility, rally (AKC and Cynosport), herding and barn hunt. Recently, she showed her Belgian Malinois, “Ripley”, to Grand Champion, start to finish in AKC owner-handled conformation.

    Sharon graduated with a Business degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s in Business from Southern Methodist University and has many years’ experience in the corporate world. But her true dream was to one day work with dogs every day, all day. She is excited that this dream is finally coming true! Sharon currently has two dogs, “Misty”, a Standard Schnauzer and “Ripley”, a Belgian Malinois, who are quite the “characters” and keep her very busy. Her current training endeavors with her girls are agility, sheep herding, rally, barn hunting and dock diving.

  • Sue Geller
    Sue Geller
    Sue Geller

    Therapy Dog Instructor

    Sue Geller

    Sue draws on her 9 years of very active therapy work to instruct budding therapy dog teams. Her Therapy Dog Prep class teaches ways to enrich your visits, handle challenges and problems, use your dog’s strengths to the best advantage and prepare for the certification tests.

    Sue is the proud owner of three certified Therapy Dogs, all Bichon Frises. The three have radically different personalities. But, all three are talented, busy therapy dogs. Sue’s background is in Dance and Theater. She owned one of the largest dance studios in Northern California. Her dancers toured Australia, performing at the Sydney Opera House and Italy, performing at the Olympic Village. Sue made sure that her dancers also did “Community Give Back.” They performed monthly at nursing homes, children’s hospitals and various charity events.

    Sue has always had dogs, but after she sold her dance studio in California and retired to Dallas, she decided she wanted to try to find a way to channel her dance and theater skills into something with her dogs. In addition to her dog therapy work, Sue participates in Rally obedience and tricks training.