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Pat Rohde

Training dogs has been a passion of Pat’s since she was a young girl with her first rescue puppy. She learned early on that the way to a dog’s heart and mind was through his or her taste buds.

Pat has trained her own dogs throughout her life… rescues and purebreds of various breeds and diverse backgrounds each with her or his own unique personality. Those dogs helped her understand how behaviors form, how to read a dog’s demeanor and how to create a plan that will offer the best solutions. Through seminars, professional journals and her native understanding, Pat followed evolving training techniques using positive methods putting her at the forefront of newer, positive behavior training when she branched out on her own in 1992 to start her Pets In Need Canine College.

While she currently shares her home with Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers and Flatcoated Retrievers, she has had poodles, terriers, bully-breed, and terrier mixes, providing her with opportunities for many various dog sport Titles at top levels of Obedience, Agility, Field, Rally, Barnhunt and Tricks.

Pat fills her time between group classes with private behavior consultations helping families teach their dogs good in home manners in positive and fun ways. Through the years she has also taught for the City of Cupertino, the City of Menlo Park and Palo Alto Humane Society. She is currently a certified mentor for students of the Animal Behavior College Dog Trainer program and through the years has been mentor to many less experienced trainers.

Mary Swinyer

Mary 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

Vikki 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

Cathy 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

In 1992, Arlene began her dog training career with her Border Collie, Ansel. She relished the positive methods being used and quickly advanced through to competition levels of obedience. Arlene was then invited to work with Pat and Rav'n Dog Training from whom she learned the novel-at-the-time, positive approach to dog training. She has been teaching people to train their dogs in a positive and fun way ever since.

All with rescued dogs: In the '90s Arlene competed in obedience with her dogs Ansel and Augie and dabbled in agility for fun. More recently she and her Border Collie, Apache, earned their third Master Agility Championship (MACH3) title. She is currently training her younger Australian Cattle Dog, Ajax, in obedience and Nosework and is competing in agility with him.

She teaches the Pet Class, developed to give students a stronger bond with their dog using fun exercises like companion dog obedience, tricks, games, and agility-type-obstacle courses. She also teaches Nosework, and Intermediate Obedience (and Agility locally when time allows). Arlene also has a career as an engineer in the software industry, working for a major high tech company.

Erin Callaghan

Erin 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.