Tonia Whilden, CPDT-KA

Tonia Whilden is a certified Canine Behavior and Training Specialist.  Tonia has owned and trained dogs as a hobby for many years. She holds a B.A. Degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Teaching English.  She turned her hobby into a career when she decided to put her two greatest passions together, teaching and animals. In 2002, she attended Triple Crown Academy for Dog Trainers in greater Austin, Texas.   Triple Crown is hailed as the most comprehensive school for trainers in the nation.

Since becoming a professional dog trainer, Tonia has worked with a wide variety of breeds and temperaments and has conducted In-home, Private, and Group lessons.  She has trained dogs in basic and advanced obedience, basic and advanced behavior problems, agility, clicker training, search and rescue, tracking, police K-9 personal protection, scent-discrimination, and assistance dogs for the handicapped. Tonia has worked with dogs from rescue organizations to address behavior and training issues so that these dogs could be successfully placed in new loving homes.  Tonia is also a contributing author for The Dog Trainer's Resource.

Teri Rolph, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA

Teri has always been involved in some aspect of “teaching” with adults, kids, and animals. She holds a M.A in Speech/Language Pathology and is currently employed by Katy ISD. She discovered early on that the same learning principles and positive teaching methods work with people and animals.  That is what started her passion for dog training.

Teri has 2 Golden Retrievers and a Labrador Retriever that she trains for Canine Musical Freestyle, Agility, Rally, K-9 nosework , and Animal Assisted Therapy. She believes that through the use of positive training methods you can develop a special bond with your dog that results in not only just an obedient dog – but a happy, energetic, enthusiastic learner that loves to work with you.


Born and raised in Houston, Amy graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a Bachelor of Arts in Education.  Amy was an elementary school teacher for 10 years.  A few years ago, she decided to combine her two passions, teaching and dogs.  Amy enjoys training and is especially interested in dog behavior, since her own dog, Cozmo, is reactive.  She treats every dog as if they were her own and learns something new from each and every dog and owner.

Amy is a certified dog trainer from the Animal Behavior College and recently graduated with distinction from the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior.  She also worked in daycare and boarding at Houston Dog Ranch before transitioning into training.  

Amy's menagerie consists of Emma (yellow lab), Maddy (Australian Shepherd), Cozmo (mixed breed), and Lilly (Yorkie).