Matt joined Canine Academy in 2020, apprenticing under Terry Cook and learning how to train with a Positive E Collar Methodology. While working with Terry, Matt trained 327 dogs with this technique.
Matt’s interest in dog training began 15 years ago and was sparked while watching Cesar Milan’s Dog Whisperer. Since then, Matt has spent time gaining multiple dog training certifications, including: Advanced Obedience Training, Assistance Service Dog Training, Scent Detection, Tracking and Trailing, Personal Protection, and Kennel Management.
Matt joined Canine Academy in 2020, quickly becoming certified in the Canine Academy Positive E Collar Training with a specialization in Obedience Training for Reactive Dogs.
Matt believes dog training is important because it gives the dog a “job,” helping him/her understand what it needs to do while creating both dog and owner discipline. Matt’s favorite part about being a dog trainer is helping both owner and dog live a more fulfilled and bonded life. Matt feels the most pride when he is able to create a solution for both dog and owner that didn’t exist prior to proper training.
Maggie is the first graduate of the Canine Academy Training Apprenticeship Program. As part of this program, Maggie spent 6 months working as an apprentice for Terry Cook, training 36 dogs with our techniques. As a successful graduate from the program, Maggie is now certified in the Canine Academy Positive E Collar Methodology.
Maggie’s love for dog training began with her current pup, Ringo. Maggie felt passionately about having a well-trained dog and, as a result, she began leveling up her dog training education and working with Ringo.
Maggie believes that dog training is important because it gives the dog a sense of direction while also creating a stronger bond between dog and owner. Maggie’s favorite part of being a dog trainer is seeing the impact she has on each dog, training them to have proper obedience and off-leash control. Maggie prides herself in her ability to understand and respond to a dog’s body language and adapt her approach based on their behavior.
In her free time, Maggie enjoys spending time with her friends and family, hiking, or going to the park (all with Ringo in tow!).
Shannon has been a certified Canine Academy trainer for the last 2 years, working directly with Terry Cook to train over 250 dogs with positive reinforcement techniques. Before finding her true passion as a dog trainer, Shannon was educated in Equine Studies. Shannon began her dog training career as an agility handler where she competed in CPE trials with her dog.
Shannon believes that dog training is important because dogs require leadership and guidance in order to maintain healthy relationships with humans and other dogs they may interact with. Shannon’s favorite part of being a dog training is helping families create stronger bonds with their dogs. She has had clients tell her they have never been able to cuddle or pet their dogs because they weren’t able to achieve a calm or relaxed state prior to obedience training. Shannon is most proud of the work she did with a dog that was 100% deaf. The owners didn’t know how to communicate with him until Shannon stepped in to help bridge the gap. At the end of the training, the owners and the dog were able to communicate more effectively and the dog’s behavior did a 180.
In her free time, Shannon enjoys spending time outdoors, especially gardening or hiking. Shannon has two pups of her own Heidi and Maple.
Zeke joined Canine Academy in 2019. Before Terry Cook’s retirement in 2022, Zeke trained 453 dogs under Terry.
A lifelong dog lover, Zeke wanted to take his ability to get a dog to shake or roll-over to the next level. Now a certified Canine Academy Trainer, Zeke has turned his love for animals into his career, adept at both basic obedience training and public access training.
Zeke believes dog training is important because it improves the quality of life for both owner and dog, unlocking the ability for both to have more freedom and enjoy new experiences together with reduced stress. Zeke’s favorite part of being a dog trainer is seeing the joy from the owner when they realize they can own a dog that complements their lifestyle, vs being an added stressor. Zeke is most proud of his experience working with a therapy dog who went on to ace its exam and receive certification.
In his free time, Zeke enjoys playing disc-golf and can often be found on the course practicing obedience with a current dog in training.