STACY GRAY

Stacy is passionate about cultivating a trusting and connected relationship between dogs and their families. She is dedicated to using positive reward-based methods that promote learning and strengthen the human-canine bond. Stacy has worked with numerous dogs as a lead volunteer at the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center. It was there that her journey into dog training began.

 

Stacy is a graduate of the University of Iowa (MA, 1995). Her professional background in the human world has included counseling and teaching. 

 

Stacy and her dog have earned Novice and Intermediate Tricks Titles from the AKC. They have also enjoyed dabbling in Nosework and Cooperative Care. She is a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), a member of the Iowa City Animal Response Team, and participates in many continuing education opportunities for dog trainers. She will take her Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) exam in the fall of 2021.

EMILY HELIN

Emily started her dog training journey in 2012 with her very first dog, a Border Collie named Fly. Her love and knowledge of training snowballed after she found Skidmarkz Flyball Club and began to train in the sport. Emily now has four Border collies and four cats. She actively competes in flyball, disc and dock diving. She also trains in sheep herding with her dogs and has recently started training in freestyle disc.

 

Emily trains and teaches with positive, reward based training methods and she has a special interest in advanced tricks and sport work. Emily is a Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) and has worked as an emergency veterinary technician, practicing Fear Free methods of care for more than a decade.  She also has a special interest in canine rehabilitation. 

 

Emily graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies with an Emphasis on War, Peace and Security as well as a minor degree in Spanish.

When not flyball racing or competing, she loves to hike, kayak and frequent local brewery patios (with dogs, of course!). 

CHANDA HALLEN

Chanda was introduced to positive reinforcement dog training methods in 1999 through Sue and Judy of Spot & CO. in Iowa City. She has taken a kind and gentle approach to creating behavior change in our canine friends ever since. Starting in 2005, she began teaching other people how to train their dogs as an assistant Agility instructor. She graduated from The School of Dog Training at The Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago in 2014 and Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Foundations course for clicker training in 2016. Chanda established her own business in 2018, Lingo Dog Training, LLC in Fairfield, IA. She continues her education in animal training by attending yearly conferences. She is a Mentor Trainer for Animal Behavior College and Victoria Stilwell Academy. Prior to moving to Iowa and starting her training career, Chanda worked for over a decade as support staff in emergency veterinary medicine and veterinary specialty medicine in the Chicago area. This experience has been a vital part of her success in treating behavior problems with correlating disease factors.   

 

Chanda has a special interest in puppy training and in teaching dog training and management lessons to families with children and dogs. 

 

Chanda currently lives with her two young children, her partner, three dogs and one bearded dragon in Fairfield, IA. When she isn't helping her clients train their dogs, she enjoys playing dog sports with her dogs, Hero and Titan (two German Shepherd Dogs) and Ruse (a well-mixed mutt). The sports Chanda and her dogs do together include Canicross, Agility, Rally Obedience, and Nosework.