39 California Ave. #305
Pleasanton, CA 94566
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ABOUT

It's about a connection, the relationship, and it's based on mutual respect and love.

At Dodger's Paws, our goal is to help people on their journey to having well-behaved and enjoyable dog family members. We think everyone should experience the connection that positive dog training brings, and how it results in living with a wonderful and cherished dog.

Meet Our Trainers

Martha Metzler-Ghofranian

Owner, Trainer 

Martha is originally from Long Island and moved to the Bay Area over 20 years ago.  She has always had a love of dogs but childhood allergies prevented her from having one of her own.  When she got her first dog Ruby at the age of 23 her whole world changed.  Martha now has 4 dogs (Ruby 17, Jasper 9, Lovey 5 and Denali 2).  Martha has had a customer service related job since she was 16, from managing a toy store to office manager at her wife's insurance agency, she has always loved helping people.  

 

A deeper appreciation for dog training came when Martha met Christine Salazar, the founder of Dodger's Paws.  Christine saw a love for dogs and encouraged her to shadow her and learn as much as she could.  Since then Martha has attended countless hours of seminars by some of the best dog trainers (Suzanne Clothier, Hannah Branigan, Amy Cook and many more) and attended and completed the Karen Pryor Clicker Academy.    

Christine Salazar, CATT

Founder, Trainer

Member: Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Pet Professional Guild

Christine is a California native, who was raised in the Bay area. With a love of animals from an early age, it was not surprising to find her living with two dogs, five cats, and a blue and gold macaw at one time as an adult. Where it all really began was with her purchase of a German Shepherd puppy back in 1998. Determined to have a stable, well rounded dog that would be welcomed anywhere, she read every training book she could find, participated in many training classes, and attended behavior seminars. “Dodger” became a soul mate, not just a pet dog, and he was loved by everyone who met him. After a career in customer service for many years and a break as a stay at home mom, Christine decided to pursue her passion in a career as a professional trainer. Christine is a Certified American Treibball Trainer, a graduate of the Canine Behavior Academy (CBA I & II), an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, a Doggone Safe Presenter and is certified in Pet First Aid.

Christine continues to stay up to date on new ideas and techniques by attending seminars, workshops, and classes of all types. She has taught at several locations, including the East Bay SPCA. She founded Dodger's Paws in 2009 and she co-founded The Dog School in 2011. She is excited to return her focus back to Dodger's Paws exclusively. Christine teaches a variety of positive dog training classes for the Pleasanton, Livermore, and Dublin areas, that focus on making the training enjoyable for the human and their dog; she believes it should be FUN! Christine truly enjoys working with people as much as dogs, helping them “connect with their canine” and form a great working relationship based on mutual respect. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to do what she loves! 

Christine lives with her husband, the two youngest of their six children, and her dogs; Jillie Bean, a German Shepherd/Malinois, age 9,  Oliver, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, age 8, Doc Holliday, a Miniature American Shepherd, age 4, and her daughter's puppy Iceberg, a Miniature American Shepherd, age 10 months. Bridget, Christine's second German Shepherd passed away at 12 years old in 2011, and Dodger passed away in 2012 at the age of 14.5. Both are missed and thought of every day.

Cheryl Collett, CTC

Trainer

 

Cheryl is a Bay Area native who has lived with animals most 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 would be her focus. Being a long time volunteer in dog rescue, she saw the importance of education in dog behavior. She especially likes to help people with young puppies and educate them on how to raise a happy, healthy and well-mannered dog.  Keeping dogs from being abandoned or surrendered is a matter of teaching people how to create a life of harmony with their furry companions. Using reward-based training methods, families can teach their 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 group classes, doing puppy day training and providing in-home training and behavior modification. She is a member of APDT - Association of Professional Dog Trainers - and an AKC CGC and Star Puppy evaluator. Cheryl continues her education by attending seminars/workshops, reading books, taking online courses/webinars 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 dogs Eevee and Lily. They are currently enjoying the sports Barn Hunt and Treibball.

Rochelle Ball, CPDT-KA

Trainer

 

Rochelle was raised in central Africa, but has been a Bay Area resident for over 20 years. In her previous lives she was a biologist and then a registered nurse. She first fell in love with training and the science of learning during an internship at the Oakland Zoo, working with a mentor and helping to care for and train the giraffe. Rochelle has worked at the Hayward and  Alameda Animal shelters and the East Bay SPCA shelter and veterinary clinic. A lifelong learner, Rochelle enjoys attending conferences and seeking mentorships, as well as reading through her ever-growing stack of canine science and training books.

 

Rochelle loves nothing more than to foster deep connections between family members and their dogs. She especially loves it when families with children come to her classes! When she is not teaching, Rochelle enjoys long distance cycling, cooking, reading (ask her about her favorite books!), art and writing lists so she can check things off. She lives with her husband, 3 children, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 fish, 2 birds and a bearded dragon.

Vicki Ronchette, CPDT-KA, CAP2 

Trainer

Vicki is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant and the owner of Braveheart Dog Training. She has been training dogs for 25 years and has been active in conformation, freestyle, rally, obedience, nosework, earthdog and field trials.  She is the author of Positive Training for Show Dogs - Building a Relationship for Success. Vicki specializes in working with show dogs and fearful dogs and also offers parrot training and behavior consulting. Vicki is a member of APDT, PPG, IAABC, IAATE, ABMA and a volunteer for Native Bird Connections.

Shane Stanis, CPDT-KSA

Trainer

 

Shane is owner and operator of Mighty Mutts Dog Training, an in home private training service.  In more than 10 years as a professional dog trainer, Shane has developed expertise in coaching a range of dogs, with a special interest in timid and semi-feral canines. He has created and taught group classes for adolescent dogs, pit bulls, leash-reactive dogs and shy wallflowers. Shane began his career as a staff dog trainer at the East Bay SPCA in 2002, and managed their behavior and training department from 2004 to 2007.  He is currently the senior animal behavior staff member at Contra Costa Animal Services Department, where he performs behavior evaluations, teaches group training classes, and runs canine educational programs for shelter volunteers. 

Shane believes the most important aspect of training is trust between humans and dogs. Our dogs need to be able to trust us to listen to them the best we can, and we need to trust that our dogs can succeed. With a solid relationship in place, we can help our dogs reach their potential to come when called, pass other dogs quietly, or gain the confidence to meet new people. 

Dawn Bushong, CAP2

Trainer

Dawn became fascinated with training animals at a young age, and taught the family pets (dogs and cats) to do silly tricks for treats, even teaching one cat to jump through a hoop like the big cats in the circus.  After she picked up a used book at around age 12 about training dogs to win obedience titles, it was all over.  Dawn trained the family dog at the time - a basset hound - many of the basic obedience exercises, but it wasn't until years later when she had gotten her own dogs that she began to actually enter competitions.  Dawn has been training obedience and rally exercises in a purely positive manner since 2001, and competing since 2004, earning many titles along the way, including 3 UDs, 3 REs, 1 RAE, 2 RL3s, and 1 ARCHMX.  In 2010, she added nose work to the dog sports she trains and competes in.  Dawn has also dabbled in agility, tracking, conformation, draft work (carting), therapy dog work, and of course tricks (still including silly cat tricks).

 

Dawn has taken the Clicker Trainer's Competency Assessment Program (CAP) test, which assesses the person's training skills (not the dog's) at Level 1 and Level 2, passing both with Distinction (the highest possible grade).  She strives to continue improving her skills by learning as much as she can however she can, especially through online courses and books.  Dawn currently lives with Lab-mix Pablo (15 years), Shepherd-mix Penny (9), Shepherd-mix Freya (1), cats Cammy (15) and Phoebe (4), one human child, and one very patient husband.

Liz Stewart

Therapy Dog Instructor

Liz has been doing pet therapy work for 10 years.  She started with her Rhodesian Ridgeback, Angel, in 2008 with Pet Partners formerly Delta Society while living in SoCal.  They then became certified with Valley Humane Society once they moved up to the Bay Area.  Liz prepared Chloe to take over for Angel when she was getting close to retirement.  Chloe was certified at VHS after completing her CGC requirement at Dodger’s Paws in 2015.  Liz participates in Paws to Read sessions at local libraries and schools.  Chloe and Liz also visit at George Mark Children’s House, Futures Explored, numerous senior facilities, high school stress relief and Pixar.  In her spare time she loves to spend time with her husband, Ross, and all of her Ridgebacks, Chloe, Cecil & Dayo as well as play soccer.

Holly Wolff, RVT

Trainer

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