Stevie Fields, CBST
Hi my name is Stevie Fields!
I'm a Colorado Native and grew up in Falcon, Colorado, back when there was only a volunteer fire station and one gas station. I grew up surrounded by animals and had a neighbor with several horses that sparked my interest in the animals.
I have always had a dog in my life but they always stayed outside and were not perceived as family members. Now I have three dogs and they are my family!
As I got older I went to the University of Colorado Springs Colorado and studied Interpersonal Communications. I realized this was not what I wanted to do with my life. I knew I wanted to work with animals but didn't know how to go about doing it. I was looking for an apprenticeship to become a dog trainer when I found Angie Neal, (CDBC). I became her apprentice in 2009 and completed the program in 2011. While learning with Angie, I also earned my Canine Behavior Science Technologist (CBST) certification in 2011 from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute, while at the same time worked with and learned from several rescue dogs at Lucky Dog Rescue.
After that I realized getting a job as a dog trainer was near impossible, so I started House of Dog Training in 2012. I didn't have a facility and only did private lessons for two years. When I was ready to branch out, I contacted Allison and Astrid and we found the location where we are today and the rest is history
I currently live in Colorado Springs with the love of my life, George Fields, and my reason for living, George Joseph Fields. I have a beautiful White German Shepherd named Leela, a distinguished old German Short Haired Pointer, Zeek and my sweetest one of all, Peanut, a toy Rat Terrier.
Astrid Tryon, CPDT-KSA
Famous Austrian animal behaviorist Konrad Lorenz inspired me to want to understand animals better and to constantly search for ways to help animals and their owners. My winding road started in 2001 and leads from volunteering at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah numerous times, to attending a 5 day long intensive workshop there on “How to start your Own Animal Sanctuary”. This experience would later become crucial when I had an integral part of helping found Lucky Dog Rescue in July of 2010 where I was the Vice President and Secretary of LDR for almost 5 years.
My journey continued volunteering at Helping Horse therapeutic riding program, by helping children with various disabilities experience the magic of a horse and helping them learn how to ride, to working with the Animal Legal Defense Fund (A.L.D.F.) on a precedent setting puppy mill case, helping rescue, rehabilitate and place 400 dogs in new homes. After moving to Colorado Springs I completed certification for Pet First Aid through the American Red Cross and put my private pet care experience to good use, developing Lucky Dog’s at-home Pet Sitting Service. Since February 2010 I have been studying under Angie Neal, CDBC, in her training apprentice program, where I have worked rescue dogs as well as my own dog Sierra in the Levels Program and started to assist with training in November 2010. I became an approved Canine Good Citizen Evaluator with the American Kennel Club in January of 2011 and began conducting tests in February of 2011. In October of 2012 I received my first Certification (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). With my second certification in June of 2013 (CPDT-KSA: Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge and Skills Assessed) I became the first in Colorado Springs to hold this certification. In October of 2014 I left Lucky Dog to open up my own dog training facility “House of Dog Training” together with two friends and colleagues. I am a professional premium member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), a professional member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) as well as supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) #849 and continue to educate myself by attending workshops and conferences with my next goal of achieving certification in behavior consulting.
In 2016, I became part of the pilot programme for the Pet Professional Guilds Pet Dog Ambassador programme. Ultimately I saw more value in this evaluation than in the CGC, because it puts responsibility on both the handler AND the dog. I immediately applied to become an instructor and assessor and passed. Classes are planned starting up soon. After speaking to a troop of boy scouts about dog training, I realized that I would like to reach more children and thus became a licensed “Be A Tree Program” presenter, which teaches children about dog safety and how to prevent dog bites. My two dogs Moritz and Sierra are both Canine Good Citizens and were recently featured on "Dog Talk". My menagerie is completed by cat Cedric, one of a sibling pair of three whose feral mother was smart enough to give birth to the kittens at the puppy mill shelter (see above) and who were subsequently adopted by me and my sister.
Brian Moore, Lead Trainer
As a positive reinforcement trainer, Brian has been using ancient Tai Chi principles in his training of dogs and puppies. With over 20 years of experience in the healing and martial arts principles of Tai Chi, Brian is able to connect with animals on a deeper level, and to better communicate with them through body language. Using safe and easy to follow techniques, he is able to develop a more harmonious relationship that will help a dog better understand, and follow his guidance.
Brian has studied animal behavior for the past 15 years including 4 years of working with Angie Neal, CDBC. He has been training dogs and helping owners learn to listen (Ting Jing) and to be more sensitive to each dog’s unique "chi" -- thereby increasing the spiritual connection between them. He also helps owners analyze a pet's nutrition and how it can impact behavior and health.
Brian offers a wide variety of options for you and your dog's needs, including puppy classes, basic obedience training, pet behavior and/or aggression consults, and a variety of private lessons specifically tailored to your dog's unique needs. He looks forward to sharing his knowledge and passion for dog training to better and strengthen your bond with your cherished dog(s).
A devoted husband and father of two young children, Brian loves to snowboard, hike, and mountain bike with his family.
Angie Neal, CDBC
Angie has over 27 years of experience as a trainer and behavioral consultant. Her long career began as an apprentice under Joan Guertin, founder of Common Sense Dog Training in Sacramento California.After her apprenticeship she opened her own business, Manners by McGuire, and was certified as an instructor for Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael California. After returning to Common Sense Dog Training (which later became 4 Paws University)
she spent 7 more years teaching puppy classes, advanced obedience, and doing private client sessions for dogs with behavioral problems.
Angie was the first trainer in Sacramento to become a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), making her one of a select group of trainers certified in California, joining the ranks of elite dog trainers Ian Dunbar, DVM and Jean Donaldson.
n 2006 Angie moved back to her native Colorado Springs. With her experience in operant and classical conditioning, agility, fly ball, tricks, clicker training, and canine nutrition, she was immediately hired as the Director of Training at Lucky Dog Resorts. At Lucky Dog Angie began teaching basic obedience, puppy classes, family dog agility, and doing private consultations. She developed a canine “levels” obedience course, which allows dogs to work their obedience program at their own pace of learning, and provides more flexibility for her clients’ schedules. Angie also began “Lucky Dog University” which offered an apprenticeship program for those desiring a career in dog training. Her mentorship so far resulted in 5 certified trainers. She was a founding member and part of the Board of Directors of Lucky Dog Rescue, and oversaw the entire training program for the dogs rescued by that organization. In 2011, 2012 (both gold), 2013 (both silver) and 2014 (bronze) Angie was voted “Best Dog Trainer in Colorado Springs” by the Colorado Springs Gazette. In 2013 Angie published her first DVD with Tawzer Dog, an in-depth look at Flirtpoles. Angie is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).
Thank You Angie!
I take great pleasure and enthusiasm to endorse Angie Neal’s training at .
My husband and I first worked with Angie when we took her basic obedience class with our puppy Smokey. During the course we were amazed at how knowledgeable Angie is, working many participants and a variety of issues between owners and their dogs. Angie went above and beyond what you would expect from a trainer, taking extra time to help you learn, even if it meant staying late after class.
Classes were fun, and always filled with a full hour of material to work on. Angie has excellent communication skills, easy to follow instructions, and always puts the well-being of your dog first. She helped us both feel like winners, as well as the other participants.
Angie is also responsible, calling everyone ahead of time if she has to cancel a session, she responds quickly to your messages, and she’s also courteous with a reminder call before classes start.
Since then we’ve attended more of Angie’s classes, and hired her for a personal evaluation when we got our third dog Sally. Angie was able to detect and help solve and prevent future behavior problems.
I urge you to consider Angie Neal for your training and dog behavior needs. I believe the amount of knowledge she offers for the cost of a class or private session is a tremendous value.
Kris and “Smokey & Sally”
Stephanie Dowdell, PCT-A
My journey into dog training began with Sophie an 8 week old Heeler/Pitbull mix. The joys of puppy hood soon met with reality. Reactivity to other dogs, resource guarding behaviors, and relentless, abundant energy created a home with a wild and crazy puppy on the loose. This along with a neighbor's strong dislike to pit-bull breeds
roduced an interest to better understand dogs' behavior, a desire to raise a well mannered, happy pet, and establish respectful relations with neighbors. Searching for a qualified Trainer, I discovered Angie Neal CDBC, and promptly Puppy Kindergarten was scheduled. Sophie and I completed Lucky Dog's Beginning Obedience eight week classes in January 2009. We eagerly signed up for Levels Obedience Training, a six months program with Angie, enjoying every minute the wonderful world of dogs; so much so we completed the course twice. Obedience training led us to complete the Canine Good Citizen Program obtaining Sophie's certification in November 2009.
Opening the door to dogs' intelligence captured my interest to join Angie Neal's Lucky Dog University Apprenticeship Program in March 2014. I received my Trainer's Assistant Certification in September 2014. During the six month course I logged over two hundred and eighty hours walking, and training rescue dogs with various issues for placement in their forever homes and continue presently volunteering with rescues. I continue to attend educational seminars such as (Dogs - From Pups to Problems), with renowned author, Certified Dog Trainer, Trish King CDBC, Dr. Ian Dunbar's seminar (Dog Aggression: Fighting) and (Barking up The Wrong Tree) and Nando Brown's Aggression, Loose Lead Walking, Tricks and Puppy Foundation seminar. My experience includes assisting Angie Neal in classes accomplishing a working knowledge of dog training. The program provides the privilege to attend in home consultations, gaining a better understanding of learning principles when applied correctly and consistently resolves problems and issues creating happy dogs. In late 2014 I was promoted to a Trainers position through Lucky Dog University aspiring to follow in the footsteps of my accomplished mentor Angie Neal CDBC. Since then I have taught my own Puppy Kindergarten classes and Beginner Obedience Classes. My passion is to show you how to have fun with your dogs. I have developed a "Fun with your Nose" class that was launched at House of Dog in the summer of 2016 and I now have 4 levels of Nosework. In May of 2016 I achieved my Treibball Certification and have been teaching classes in that discipline when there is interest. I earned my Canine Nutrition Certification in 2018 and my Professional Canine Trainer - Accredited (PCT-A) through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board in 2019.
My love of dog training started with her mom. She discovered clicker training for dogs over 20 years ago.
At 9yrs old, I started to dabble with the clicker and was able to train our family dog, an Australian Shepherd named Bonnie, how to put a ball in a bucket using a clicker. That was a thrilling experience for a 9yr old.
As life sometimes leads us in different directions, I ended up going to school for art. After graduating college with a Bachelors Degree in graphic design and discovering I wasn't as in love with my career as I thought I would be, I rediscovered her love for dog training when I acquired my corgi, Lizy, who was quite challenge. Lizy was very reactive to strangers and dogs. After struggling for a few years, I needed help teaching me how to work with dogs like Lizy. I found a mentor who was trained by one of the top recognized positive reinforcement dog trainers in the world, Dr. Ian Dunbar.
My work with Lizy inspired me to help other dogs like her. After being hired by my mentor at Canine Coach and working there for about a year, I left seeking more opportunities to use and broaden my skills and found House of Dog Training, where I continue to learn, grow, and face new challenges along the way.
My two dogs are participating in tricks, lure coursing and agility and I am working towards my certification with the Pet Professional Guild.
Derra Rankin, B.S. Biology
I am originally from Indiana but moved to Colorado Springs four years ago. While I’ve always been passionate about animals, growing up, I never realized that I could make a career out of working with them.
I attended Purdue University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Shortly after graduation, I began working at the local humane society and my career path with animals began. I worked there for two years and the majority of my time was spent caring for, evaluating, and training the dogs.
Shortly after moving to Colorado, I was quickly hired at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region and worked there for over four years. I held a variety of roles but for the last two years I was the Behavior and Placement Coordinator. My main focus was managing the canine population, developing various behavior programs including playgroups, enrichment, behavior modification and performing behavior consultations. I was responsible for working with and determining placement for the most challenging behavior cases and through that gained experience working with fearful, reactive, high arousal and aggressive animals.
While working in animal shelters for almost seven years, I saw an increase in dogs coming into the shelter due to behavior concerns. I am hoping that through focusing on training, I can help owners maintain a bond with their dogs while working through behavioral challenges.
Currently I am working towards becoming a certified trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and am scheduled to take my CPDT-KA exam this fall. I have also participated in many courses, seminars, and conferences related to animal behavior and training.
Kaley MacFadyen, Ph.D.
Kaley has always had a passion for animals. As a little girl, her original dream was to become an “endangered animal saver” and live in the wild with the animals. When she realized the logistical issue posed by living with every endangered species around the world, her goals shifted to becoming a veterinarian.
Unfortunately, after volunteering with a local animal shelter in high school, Kaley realized that her heart simply could not handle some aspects of being a vet. Because of this realization, Kaley strayed from the animal-related career path during college. After ten years of collegiate schooling, Kaley obtained her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences in April 2017 from the University of Florida. Her dissertation focused, among other things, on neural pathways associated with animal behavior and learning, specifically the brain’s “reward pathway”.
After graduating with her degree, Kaley packed up her things and moved out to Colorado to reconnect with her original passion for working with animals. She began attending House of Dog Training’s “Fungility” class with her aunt and Dozer, a border collie who is too smart for his own good. The class was led by none other than Angie Neal, CDBC. Kaley quickly fell in love with Angie’s teaching style, and one day after class she inquired about part time work at House of Dog Training.
Kaley officially began working for House of Dog Training in May 2018. As part of the House of Dog Training team, Kaley’s main focus is on running the “back of house” Kennel Technicians and providing love and care for all dogs who stay at the facility. She particularly enjoys running play groups during the weekdays and spending extra time with the shy dogs to help them feel more comfortable.
Kaley has also been part of the apprenticeship program at House of Dog Training since August 2018. She currently teaches her own Puppy K and Good Dog classes, and occasionally helps with dayschool training. She works to continue gaining experience with the more “difficult” behavior problems such as reactivity, aggression, and separation anxiety. Kaley plans to obtain her Dog Training certification as well as an Animal Behaviorist certification in the near future.
Deanna Diaz, ABCDT
Hi, my name is Deanna Diaz. I moved to Colorado Springs from Santa Ynez, California where I was the Owner, Trainer and Behavioral Enrichment Coordinator of Doggy Dynamics. I worked closely with Shadow’s Fund (shadowsfund.org), a rescue focusing on providing hope for pit bull type dogs and giving 2nd chances to the most vulnerable shelter dogs, as well as with the Santa Barbara County shelters. I participated in behavior modification, play groups, shelter volunteer support and so much more. Rescue has always been a strong part of who I am and feeds my passion and determination to change the feared perception of the label “pit bull”.
I am a graduate of the Animal Behavior College where I received my ABCDT Certificate, ABC Training Shelter Dogs, ABC Pet CPR/First Aid and ABC Pet Massage. I am a member of APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers), Humane Educator with PEP! (Pet Education Program) and Love on a Leash with my Certified Therapy Dog “Sweet Sochi”.
I have worked and/or volunteered in the field of animal welfare consistently since 2014 holding positions such Animal Behaviorist, Certified Dog Trainer, Behavior Enrichment Coordinator, Executive Director, Humane Educator and Reading Support, where children read to therapy dog “Sweet Sochi”.
I previously studied under Andrea Bratt CPDT-KSA/IAABC of K9sbehave.com of Santa Barbara, California.
I am passionate about being a Benevolent Trainer and helping to restore and strengthen the human/animal bond and I am always supporting the “under-dog”!