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.
Lindsay Givens, CPDT-KA
Lindsay is a St. Louis, Missouri native who moved to Houston in 2011. She graduated college with a degree in Fashion Merchandising/Marketing Management. While working in corporate retail, she volunteered at the Humane Society to fulfill her desire to help animals in need.
Lindsay learned about positive reinforcement training after adopting her high energy/ leash reactive lab mix, Kodi, from a shelter. Lindsay quickly learned that she had a passion for dogs, and left the retail world to become a full time dog trainer. Lindsay passed the only national certification test through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and currently holds a CPDT KA certificate. She believes with the right coaching, all owners can learn how to better communicate with their dog and build a lasting bond.