Meet The Canine Ranch Team

Helping to Keep Your Pup Happy, Safe, & Loved

THE BEST DOG TRAINERS NEAR ATLANTA

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OWNER | MANAGER

ELIZABETH

Hi I am Elizabeth and I am the owner-operator of The Canine Ranch. I took over the business last year after spending 30 years as a marketing professional in corporate America. The combinations of marketing and the love of dogs makes this the perfect career for me! I am not new to The Ranch, I worked the kennel for the previous owner in between my corporate positions.

My love for training dogs began when I was a teenager with my first Golden Retriever. The love of playing a game built an undeniable bond which created my passion for training dogs. My first competitive dog Murphy came along in 1998. The plan was to compete in obedience but together we discovered agility and this opened to the world of dog sports and training. My dogs play multiple sports and have competed in agility, obedience, rally, tracking, dock diving and field. They have taught me so much that each is an individual and our relationship is key to our success.

Meeting and interacting with my clients is something I very much enjoy. I feel it's important to know you and your dogs and ensure my staff is providing the best care to keep and your dogs happy and having fun while staying with us here at The Ranch. You will often find me on property since I live here with my crazy Goldens: Harp, Killian, Beoir and Stout.

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MANAGER

ALEXIS

Alexis has always loved dogs since she was a child but her love turned into a passion when she started volunteering at the Atlanta Humane Society. After adopting her first dog, Moose, she became even more interested in dog psychology and body language; this helped her tremendously when initially training her new pup!

Moose and Alexis are actively working together in Nosework here at the Ranch in the hopes of trialing by the end of 2019. She is also working on obedience with Moose to have him pass the CGC (Canine Good Citizen). She loves all dog breeds and is happy to help our clients and their pups in any way she can! We hope to see you at the Ranch soon!

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CANINE CONCIERGE

AMBER

Currently a Kennel Technician with The Canine Ranch, Amber aspires to be an obedience trainer at the facility in the future. She says, "I have always loved dogs and up until last year I decided to work in the dog industry starting at a doggy daycare."

"In such a short time working with dogs, I know this is what I love and the field I want to stay in for a while. I love getting to know each dog individually and meeting all their different, spunky, loving personalities. And, connecting with each dog that comes through and stays at The Ranch to make them feel at home and loved! I am very excited to grow here at The Ranch."

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CANINE CONCIERGE

JACKIE

My name is Jackie and I am a kennel assistant at The Canine Ranch. My main job here is to ensure that each furry friend that walks through our doors is thoroughly taken care of.

Clients in my care are always comfortable in their rooms and have all their special needs attended to. I watch over our guests during outdoor play and just as much fun as they do. Enrichment is also a valuable part of my time at the Canine Ranch, and I help the trainers by continuing to practice exercises outside of training. I’m excited to continue my journey at The Canine Ranch and one day become an exceptional dog trainer.

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TRAINER

ALICIA

My name is Alicia and this is my rescue pup, Vixen. Dogs have always played a huge role in my life. My parents had two Boxers to the family picture before deciding to have their first child… ME!

From large breeds to small breeds, from Boxers to Boston Terriers and Bulldogs, my passion for fur babies goes far beyond that. I began my career working with animals in 2014 at the age of 16. I began my journey working at Riverstone Animal Hospital as a kennel technician where I experienced the boarding world, and later took on the responsibility of veterinary technician’s assistant where I experienced the medical world of pets.

After leaving the veterinary practice, I began working at The Canine Ranch. I started by caring for all of the pups that board with us and earned my title as ‘the bubble bath expert’! Since I have been at The Canine Ranch I’ve grown and learned so much about doggy first aid, obedience training, behavioral issues, dog sports, and customer service. I’ve enjoyed working with all our clients’ dogs on a variety of levels and I take pride in teaching the Beginner Obedience Classes here at The Canine Ranch. I strive to teach students how to communicate effectively with their canine companions, and make obedience training a fun experience for every member of the family. Come visit us, I can’t WAIT to meet you and your pup!

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TRAINER

JEANNE

Hi! I’m Jeanne Kemper. I have worked with Labrador Retrievers for 35 years. My love of training started while I was in my teens. I have spent many years learning handling and training of dogs and have worked with multiple handlers across the south and even in California. A well mannered dog is possible and achievable if you make the commitment.

My love of Obedience, Agility, and Service dog work has become a very large part of my life. Obedience work, competition, and Service dog handling and training is what I LOVE. (My service dog training and handling come into my life when I purchased my Diabetic Alert Dog, Abie.) As a Type I diabetic, I was hands on in the training of my girl and have since trained and placed multiple (DAD’s) in other homes.

I have five British Labrador Retrievers. Each dog has a job. None of them are the same. They do obedience, play agility, Dock Dive, Nose work, Rally, and they are too just my pets!

And, of course, I am looking forward to working with you in any of the areas of training that might interest you!

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AGILITY INSTRUCTOR

TERRI

Terri credits her first Golden Retriever, Cody, with introducing her to the world of competitive dog show and training. Terri and her husband bought Cody as a puppy in 1994 and quickly realized she was in over her head and went to the local dog training school.

Since that time, Terri has had 5 more Goldens and 2 Border Collies from whom she has learned much. She has competed with them in obedience, flyball, herding but agility is her sport of choice. Her dogs have taken her to several national competitions and several trips to the finals in those events. She has made it to the podium with third place finishes with two of her Goldens Tag and Rev. She has earned championships in AKC, USDAA and NADAC on several dogs.

Along the way, as she continued to learn and grow with the sport, she has been lucky to study with some of the best instructors from all over the world. She brings to her classes knowledge she has gained from them, from the behavior work she has done and from what she has learned from years of competing and training various dogs. Terri enjoys working with teams as they learn and come together as partners.

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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

PAULA

Hi, I am Paula and I am a long-time staff member at The Canine Ranch. I have worn many hats over the years.

After a long career with the airlines, I decided to change course and pursue my love of animals and the outdoors and became a Naturalist for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Having a great love for dogs, and owning many dogs over the years, I became serious about dog training while taking obedience and trick classes with my highly-spirited lab puppy, Sunny Delight. I have participated in Agility, Nose Work and Barn Hunt with my dogs Valor (Border Collie) and Sunny (Yellow Lab). Currently she is working with her newest addition, Scarlet Begonia (Lab) in Competition Obedience and hopes to pursue Dock Diving and Up Dog Challenge (Frisbee).

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TRAINER | MANAGER

ALLEXA

My name is Allexa Ceballos, I’ve been working within the dog hospitality industry since 2013, and I’ve been here at The Canine Ranch since 2016. I mostly train dogs in basic obedience, and I love the different personalities and challenges I get to experience each day and with each different dog.

I feel accomplished when I can communicate effectively with your dog in a way that makes them excited to perform obedience commands for their handlers! When I’m not working with dogs at The Ranch I enjoy adventures with my own three pups: Neruda, Neiva, and Devon.

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CANINE CONCIERGE

VICKIE

We had two dogs growing up, a rescue mutt and a black miniature poodle. I began my training with showing our poodle the boundary of the invisible fence around our yard. When I moved to Florida out on my own, I got my first dog. She is an English Cocker Spaniel who became my true companion. We later moved to Georgia and were introduced to Agility Training.

This is where I found out how exciting of a sport Agility is and how much my dog loved it! This sport helped me to become a better dog handler along with the basic Obedience training. I currently still have my English Cocker Spaniel, along with a rescued Pointer/Lab mix with whom I have done some training in Rally Obedience and my Australian Shepherd whom I am currently training in Agility. Along with my continued dog training in Agility and Obedience, I have always been employed with working with dogs and their care.

My previous experience includes working as an Assistant Manager for a Pet Retail Store and A Dog Daycare and Boarding Facility. Working in Kennels and as an Assistant Veterinary Technician, I gained my medical knowledge for dogs. I have been so lucky to have experience in a wide range of jobs which allowed me to ensure the comfort, safety and well being of all our clienteles furry family member.

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AGILITY INSTRUCTOR

HOLLY

While attending Western Carolina University in 1994 Holly got her first dog, Dillon the Doberman. Dillon became a therapy dog for a group home for Mentally Handicapped Children. After moving to Atlanta as an Art Director in 1996, Holly decided to get another Doberman, Lucas. Lucas lacked confidence and he needed a job so she started Lucas in dog agility training in 2006. The transformation in Lucas was huge and both Lucas and Holly caught the agility bug.

It has been said that teaching is an art form; that not everyone can teach. Holly started developing her teaching "art form" from high school through college by teaching gymnastics and coaching cheerleading teams. Those experiences taught her how people learn. The result is an awareness of how to deliver information in an organized, easy to understand manner.

Just like in teaching gymnastics, strong foundation skills are the building blocks in dog agility and are necessary for the learning process for both human and dog. Holly focuses on teaching the following so that her clients can independently make sound, confident decisions for handling agility courses.

- Foundation Skills
- Handling technique
- Reading and achieving the dog's best line
- Communication / Team relationship
- Goal Setting
- Problem solving

Good instructors should always be learning. Holly continues to learn new concepts and techniques by taking 2-3 online agility courses a month from instructors all over the world along with attending seminars / lessons throughout the year.

Holly's dog sport family includes:
Kayla - 7 years old Australian Kelpie; Dog Agility
In December 2016, 2017, 2018 they were invited to AKC Invitationals in Orlando, Florida, to compete against the top five dogs of each breed in AKC. Holly and Kayla have consistently been ranked each quarter as one of the fastest Kelpies competing in AKC agility by Breed Power 10 ranking system..

Rascal - 6 year old Rescued Hound Dog Mix; Nose Work

Zuko - Under a year old, Australian Kelpie: Dog agility

Some of Holly’s training philosophies she lives by include:
"The principle is competing against yourself. It's about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before." - Steve Young

Train harder than you trial. - Holly

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OBEDIENCE & BEHAVIORAL TRAINER

KAREN

Karen grew up in a family of veterinarians. She started training dogs in 1994. Her first dogs were two Shiba Inus, which is a breed not known for being obedient. Training Shibas is actually similar to training a cat. Karen competed in agility and obedience competition with them and they were ranked in the top 5 for their breed in the country in both sports. She studied psychology in college, read many books, attended many training seminars and classes and began training dogs professionally in 1997. She focused mostly on behavior and problem solving as well as aggression problems.

Norman

For her next dog, Karen decided to find a more cooperative breed and decided on a Briard. She got “Norman” in 2009, and planned on having him be her obedience and agility competition dog. Norman learned a few tricks, like wiping his paws before he came in the house and wiping his beard after drinking water. This then lead into teaching amazing tricks like riding a bicycle, riding a scooter, skateboard, jump rope and even teaching him to surf.

Karen and Norman have since achieved more than they ever could have imagined. They went on to star in two seasons of the Hallmark and Animal Planet reality show Who Let the Dogs Out? Karen had a training tips segment on the show teaching viewers how to solve household manners problems. You can see some of these tips here. They hold Two Guinness World Records for Fastest 30 m on a Scooter by a Dog and Fastest 30 m on a Bicycle by a Dog. They won the prize of Best Trick on the CW World Dog Awards, hosted by George Lopez, in 2016.

Norman and Karen have been featured multiple times on The Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America, Fox and Friends and also appeared on, Rachael Ray, Anderson Live, Wheel of Fortune, Inside Edition, Today Show, a few National Geographic documentaries, as well as a few other cable documentaries and over 150 local news shows. They have surfed on a Guinness Record setting float in the Rose Parade and have traveled the United States and Canada, performing their tricks. Norman also was a spokesdog for a major dog food company for 5 years.

Where Are They Now?

They now have settled back home in Georgia and Norman has been competing in obedience, agility, rally, nosework, Fast Cat, barnhunt, tracking, drafting, dock diving, and training for tracking. Karen resumed her career of canine behavioral consultation and problem solving. Her goal at the ranch is to help owners enjoy their dogs more. Many are really struggling with behavior issues like housebreaking, jumping, separation anxiety, stealing food, nipping, resource guarding, lunging or pulling on a leash, aggression issues and more. If she can help families solve these issues, it will strengthen the human/canine bond, keep the dogs in their current home and prevent people from feeling helpless and giving up their dog. This training is often life saving for many dogs. Karen likes to keep in close touch with her clients as they work through these issues.

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NOSEWORK INSTRUCTOR CNWI

BRENDA

Brenda is a Certified Nosework Instructor with NACSW and a graduate of the Pat Miller Canine Behavior and Training Academy. She has been teaching Nosework since 2014 and competes in with her Border Collies Sadie and Sky. Sky has recently earned his NW3E title and competes at the Elite level. Her dog Sadie is registered with Therapy Dogs International as a Tail Waggin Tutor and together they made over 100 visits to the local library as a reading dog team. When not teaching and training Brenda is an artist with interests in painting and photography.

WORKSHOP/SEMINARS

- Pat Miller Canine Behavior & Training Academy, Level I 2014
- Nosework Camp Coleman Georgia 2014, 2016
- Intro to K9NW with Ron Gaunt Camp Coleman 2014
- Intro to Odor Seminar with Ron Gaunt Camp Coleman 2014
- Leash Handling Seminar with Amy Herot Camp Coleman 2017
- Oder Placement Seminar with Jill Marie O’Brien Camp Coleman 2017
- Harnessing Your Competitive Edge with Amy Herot Alpharetta Ga 2018

EXPERIENCE

- Nosework Instructor — 2014 - Present
- Teaching Intro to Nosework, Intro to Oder
- Canine Ranch, Canton GA
- Trained, competed and titled multiple dogs in Nosework.
- Trained and handled certified therapy dog 2012 - present

EDUCATION

- Kennesaw State University — B.S. 1993

CERTIFICATIONS

- NACSW Certified Nosework Instructor
- Handler of certified TDI therapy dog

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DOCK DIVING INSTRUCTOR

LEAH

Leah has been involved with golden retrievers since 1989. Her obedience career with her goldens earned her multiple obedience titles including an AKC Utility Dog title. In agility she earned Open Standard and Jumpers titles. Leah started taking dock diving classes at The Canine Ranch when it first opened.

Her biggest dock accomplished was when she adopted Luke at 9-years old and he did not know how to swim. Leah successfully taught him to swim, jump off the dock and became Leaping Luke. In 2015, they competed in Ultimate Air Dogs Championships. In 2016, they competed in the Eukabana NADD Championships and placed 2nd in the veteran’s division.

Currently, Leah has three small dogs (ShihTuz and (2) Malteses) who all swim. She recently started teaching a new “small swimmers” dock class. She realized clients with small dogs wanted their dogs to be safe around water. Whether it be for swimming in a pool, boating, and some even enjoy canoeing, dogs needed to be safe in the water. In class, dogs are probably fitted with a life jacket, learn to swim and spend time in a raft teaching them to jump into the pool.

Leah’s most recent student has a fox terrier, JonJon. He went from never jumping off the dock, to competing in dock diving events and ending the year with an invitation to 2018 Eukabana NADD Championships and placed within the top 10.

Leah is one of the dock diving instructors at The Canine Ranch. She enjoys teaching clients how to keep their dogs safe in the pool, building confident swimmers and achieving their goals on the dock. She supports her students at local events and will even show up to cheer them on. Come join the fun this year rocking the dock.

Over 11 Acres of Dog Adventures

We are more than just a kennel. With every caregiver trained in dog behavior, here's more of what we have to offer:

Boarding

Our small boarding facility allows us to give your dog every personal attention when they stay overnight.

Training

A well behaved pup is what we all want. We provide training program options that fit all breeds & lifestyles.

Sports Coaching

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Facility Rental

Whether you need additional sports practice or you'd like to host an event, take advantage of our 11+ acres of sports, activities areas, including our pool!

Classes & Events

From classes to weekend clinics to special training programs, there's always something happening at The Canine Ranch.

The Best Adventures Start with Love

Your loyal companion deserves the best. Come train with the best dog trainers near Atlanta at The Canine Ranch. We keep tails wagging coming in and going home.