Meet the Team

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We met each other because we love dogs.  We stick with each other because we love dogs, teaching and people!

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Gwen Podulka

 Founder & CPDT-ka

Gwen is a certified professional dog trainer with over 20 years experience and proud owner of dogTRAINED.

Her journey began with the adoption of a deaf Dalmatian, which launched her into the world of agility and teaching at the Humane Society in Columbus, Ohio while managing bookstores across the Greater Lakes area.

Her love of the dogs and people took her cross country to train service dogs with Canine Companions for Independence for people with disabilities.

Gwen has continued her education through out the years finding a passion teaching classes, a love of DC’s incredi-bullies, and an ability to read and help people work with their reactive dogs through a multitude of issues using positive training methods. She is often at the studio teaching and learning with her deaf bearded collie Lemon and GSD Bug.

Recent continuing education includes:  DC CLicker Expo, Trish McMillan and Michael Shikashio  on aggression, Sue Sternberg's deep dive into canine body language, Lemonade Conference FDSA and IAABC deep dive into behavior, management, tricks, obedience and mroe.  Malena DeMartini’s Separation Anxiety, Ken Ramirez’s Advanced Training , Grisha Stewart’s BAT protocols and more!

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Jordana Todd

CPDT-ka and Lead Trainer

Jordana is a certified professional dog trainer. She has spent a decade developing her training and behavior knowledge working with both domestic and wild animals in rescues, shelters, and zoological institutions. After working and fostering with Humane Rescue Alliance  and adopting an anxious spaniel in 2014, she took a particular interest in working on behavioral modification with dogs struggling with anxiety and reactivity. When not at the studio she loves teaching her spaniel Ham new tricks and  working on their Nosework skills. Jordana also enjoys advancing her training and behavior knowledge through continued education. In 2019, she attended Clicker Expo and studied canine body language at a Sue Sternberg workshop.  You can train with Jordana in-studio in a basic manners or Nosework class or privately in an in-home training appointment. 
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Christie Catan  Trainer

Christie's love of training dogs began four years ago when she brought home her fearful dog, Otis, who helped her discover the power of connection and positive reinforcement. She is incredibly passionate about helping people find ways to work with their dogs rather than against them and thinks that training should be fun for both the humans and the dogs. She has a soft spot for sensitive dogs and loves to help them build confidence. She has taken numerous training classes in the past year and is thrilled to be working with and learning from Gwen. She loves training so much that she started an online dog training community for dog parents called Tails of Connection on Instagram  and is constantly learning and teaching her own two dogs. You can also see her at Otis_unleashed on Instagram and Facebook.

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Liz Fisher 

CPDT-ka and Lead Trainer

Liz has worked in animal care for seven years. She started exploring positive reinforcement training at the Smithsonian's National Zoo to improve the lives of birds.  She brings her experience with social and intelligent animals to her work with dogs. As an apprentice with dogTRAINED she is improving her training skills and learning about dog behavior. She is excited to apply positive training to reduce dog's stress and empower dog parents in addition to general training, she is planning to focus on easing separation anxiety in dogs. 

 

 

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