Jamie Diaz is a professional certified dog trainer, CPDT-KA. Jamie is a licensed positive dog trainer with world renowned trainer Victoria Stilwell. Jamie was hand-selected and evaluated by Victoria herself, and is part of a team that is the best of the best worldwide! Jamie is also a professional member of the APDT, (Association of Pet Dog Trainers). She is a certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the AKC. Jamie is also an evaluator and instructor for the great new program C.L.A.S.S. which was formed from the APDT to promote training focused on the use of positive reinforcement and to strengthen relationships through positive training methods. Jamie is also a Certified Trick Dog Instructor.
Jamie Diaz is a CNWI, Certified Canine Nosework Instructor. Jamie believes that K9 nosework can benefit any and every dog! It is an amazingly fun activity that you can do with your dog just for fun, or you can take it to the competition level. Jamie has been working with various breeds of dogs for years from puppies to adult dogs.
Isabel C. Allison is a Certified Dog Trainer, a graduate of the Animal Behavioral College (ABC) and a member of APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers). After moving back home from living in the Bahamas for 20 years and working in the restaurant business for 10 years, she wanted to do something that she loved and has a passion for. Having had dogs throughout her life. She previously trained her dogs in the old school method of training. While completing her education certification with ABC and having Jamie Diaz as her mentor, she realized that there were better methods of training. She was amazed how much you could achieve with positive reinforcement training, dedication, and patience. Her goal is to educate herself with different methods of force-free training that will help deal with different behavioral problems with dogs, so she can in return educate and change people’s minds set that using force free is the better method to train your beloved ones.
Dawn Thomason, CPDT-KSA, AKC-CGC, loves dogs. She grew up with a wide variety of pets, including turtles, bunnies, hawks, and of course, dogs: she trained them all. She realized that dog training was her true calling when she was hired by a local pet store after seeing her impressive stage presentation, about Safety Around Dogs, at a Pet Exposition in 2001. Dawn became Senior Trainer in a few months and Area Trainer within her first year.
Through the years, she has successfully worked with pet therapy groups and is qualified to work with service dogs. One of her biggest skills is time and patience and she always uses positive-reinforcement techniques to achieve long-term results. Dawn continues to give many lecture demonstrations for service dog programs and pet expositions.
Auburn Showalter is a lifelong dog fanatic. Old home movies will show her, at an early age, infatuated while observing and talking to the family dogs. By the time she was in elementary school she was walking all the dogs in the neighborhood, for free. A black lab, named Ace, was her sixteenth birthday present, and she taught him to respond enthusiastically to about 80 commands and tricks.
Ruth, a mother of 3 and grandmother of 5; has a passion for dogs and computers. In 1970 she started working with computers in Philadelphia, and later, in New York City. After 20 years in the corporate world, she joined the family in Atlanta, GA, and opened a groom shop, called Pampered Paws. She retired to South Florida in 2000, where she now lives with her husband, Joe and Prancer, a rescue Papillon and Long Hair Chihuahua mix. She says she has found the perfect “retirement job,” Office Manager at Dynamite Dog Training; an office with 2 computers and always filled with dogs.
Landon Franciscus fell in love with dog training in late 2014 when he was offered a job professionally training dogs through PetSmart. He had always grown up with dogs but was never exposed to the training world due to having been raised overseas in a missionary family. It was through PetSmart he met the senior area trainer who inspired him to put forth his skill and passion for positive reinforcement based dog training. Though Landon loved working with dogs, he did not enjoy working for a company that profited off of aversive methods such as prong and electronic collars.
After reaching out to head trainer of Dynamite Dog Training, Alison Chambers, Landon became a part of the team mid-June of 2017 and has become a fervent advocate with the company dynamic to train dogs through patience and redirection as opposed to forceful, traditional methods.
Landon’s personal dog, Leah, is a Doberman/Shar Pei rescue and his best friend. He will be having her earn her Trick Title along with participating in Nose Work classes as she loves nothing more than exploring the array of scents around her.
Landon has been immersed in the works of Victoria Stilwell, world-renowned dog trainer, author, and star of the tv show, ‘It’s Me Or the Dog’ for years prior to discovering Dynamite Dog Training. It is his goal to continually expand his education by gaining his CPDT-KA, attending the Victoria Stilwell Dog Training Academy in Atlanta, GA, and becoming a key asset as a positive reinforcement dog trainer.