Our People

Good Dog People

 

Our staff speaks Dog.

Our staff has the training and experience to read dog body language. Dogs give subtle clues about their moods. Ears up, ears down, tightness of the mouth, relaxed body motion – all indicate how a dog is feeling about what is happening. Our staff knows how to decipher these clues so they can monitor the excitement level and safely supervise the dogs at play.

Good Dog Day Care is dedicated to continuing education. The Bay Area dog community is active in promoting a better understanding of our canine companions. We are always on the lookout for opportunities to help our staff learn even more, participating in conferences, seminars, and workshops throughout the bay area.

Our trainers all have one thing in common: a belief that positive reinforcement is an excellent method for building a long and loving relationship with your dog and they are experts in using and teaching that method to achieve outstanding results.

Trainers:

Cheryl Collett, CTC  Basic Manners, Puppy Kindergarten,  Puppy Socials

Cheryl is a Bay Area native and has been an animal lover all of her life.  She graduated from San Jose State University with the goal of being an educator.  She quickly decided that teaching humans and their canine companions, was going to be her focus.
 Volunteering in dog rescue made it clear that there is a huge need for education in animal behavior.  Keeping dogs from being abandoned or surrendered to shelters, is a matter of teaching people how to create a life of harmony with their furry companions.  Using reward based training, families can teach dogs in a force-free way and build a lasting bond.
In 2002, Cheryl graduated with Honors from the SF SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers.  Since then, she has been teaching dog training classes and providing in-home training and behavior modification for dogs and their humans.
She is a member of APDT – Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and an AKC CGC evaluator.  Cheryl continues her education by attending seminars/workshops/reading books/taking online courses/webinars etc. to keep relevant and up to date on the latest science of animal behavior.
Cheryl lives in Fremont with her husband Tom, son Rio and their two rescued Shepherd mix pooches – Eevee and Lily.  They are currently enjoying the dog sports, Barn Hunt and Treibball as well as K9 nosework for fun

Josette Kimes, CTC    Nose and Odor work classes

Josette is a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) through the National Association for Canine Scent Work (NACSW). She has been training since 2009 with the NACSW founders and continues training to increase her Nose Work Skills.  She loves working with others training their dogs.  She is an accredited obedience dog trainer using positive reinforcement out of Fremont CA.  She loves that scenting can be done rain or shine, anywhere, and that dogs have fun doing something so natural for them.

 

Michelle Martin, CDT Barn Hunt, Disc Dog and Agility classes

Michelle’s passion for dogs goes back into childhood. She has spent the last 15 years volunteering for local animal rescue, including fostering, adoption counseling and testing shelter dogs to pull into rescue.  She is a certified Vet Assistant and worked as a vet tech for 5 years. Michelle also has graduation from Animal Behavior College as a certified dog trainer. In her spare time she enjoys attending seminars specializing in dog sports and is always looking to continue her education.

Michelle has been training and competing in dog sports for the past 13 years. Her dogs have earned high level titles in Barn hunt and flyball.  She and her dogs have competed at local, state, regional and national levels for disc dogs as well as dock jumping. In 2011, Michelle was one of only 4 freestyle flying disc competitors invited to compete at the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge. Her dogs have placed in the top 3 at many of the disc dog competitions  These placements earned one of them a qualifying spot to the world championship. Her dogs have also earned top placements in the 07 Skyhounds Southwest regional and the 06 and 07 USDDN (US DiscDogs National Championships) which was their first big competition.  Michelle is a member of Disc Dogs of the Golden Gate and has a place on their demo team which performs all over the Bay Area.

 Michelle lives with her husband, baby Connor, and her 4 rescue dogs; Harley, Emma, Jasmine, and Cannon. She enjoys helping families build an incredible bond with their dogs through dog sports. She offers group classes and private training in the Bay Area.

 

Sue Michaels Puppy Classes, Obedience and Manners 1 & 2

Sue has a B.S. in Animal Science from UC Davis.  She is a 2011 graduate of the Marin Humane Society’s Canine Behavior Academy (Trish King instructor, nationally recognized certified dog trainer/behaviorist).  In 2013, Sue took early retirement from her job in the pharmaceutical industry to pursue her passion for dogs.  Since then she has totally immersed herself in the world of dog behavior/ training.  She currently conducts private consultations/training for owners who are experiencing behavior issues with their dogs and she also teaches classes.

Sue volunteers in the behavior and training departments at the Peninsula Humane Society and at East Bay SPCA, working one-on-one with shelter dogs with behavior issues.  She also volunteers as an assistant trainer during Peninsula Humane Society public dog classes (including Puppy Kindergarten, Companion Animal Level I/II, Bark and Lunge and Canine Good Citizen).

Sue has attended numerous seminars/workshops/conferences focused on animal behavior, learning and training, taught by some of the top leaders in the field.  She also stays current on behavior/training trends using on-line courses, webinars, training DVDs and books.

Sue is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the Peninsula Humane Society Emergency Disaster Response Team.  She has also completed PetTech CPR, First Aid Training Course for Pets. Sue lives in Union City with her husband, two border collies and 3 chickens.  One border collie is retired from competition agility and the other is currently in training.