Hello, my name is Terrie Stephens .

I have been a dog owner and dog lover all of my life.  I started working with dogs after graduating from National – K9 school for dog trainer in 2006 and getting certified.  At the school we studied ethology, behavior modification, basic obedience, kennel management, breed identification, puppy development , service, and personal protection.  The training was effective , but I found it to be a little harsh, after graduation I looked for a kinder gentler way to train.

I am now what some people refer to as a crossover trainer, I believe in a balanced approach to training. I believe there is no reason to physically harm an animal when training. I believe the key to training is to first communicate, then motivate, and finally reward.

I started working at PetSmart where the training was positive reinforcement, where I stayed for a year, until I moved.

I started volunteering at Henry County Humane Society and found how quickly shelter dogs respond to this training. I held group classes for adopter and did in home training at no charge for fosters and adopters. Later I went on to work and sit on the board, and serve as a humane agent for Henry County. I spent 5 years at HCHS.

After HCHS I worked for Wood County Humane Society for 4 years as the trainer, where I worked with the staff, volunteers , adopters and fosters, also doing home visits.

I am a member of International Association of Canine Professionals, and a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.  I have an in-home training business and still volunteer at shelters and humane societies.

I am now working with Toledo Pet Bull Project, and they are a wonderful organization, and looking forward to starting group or individual classes.

Carol Humberger, Trainer, A Promised Friend Training

Carol, is the trainer and owner of "A Promised Friend, LLC" dog training and sanctuary in Oregon, Oh. She has been working with animal rescue, training and promoting Spay/Neuter for the past 30 years. Carol has studied animal behavior; researching many training methods and developing her own program of behavior modification. She currently has 37 animals that were unwanted or abandoned. Included in these are 9 dogs, along with horses, pigeons, chickens, cats, house birds and a tortoise

Carol offers private in-home training, as well as group classes in a climate controlled facility, and in local parks. She has worked with breed specific rescues and groups including Dobermans, Saint Bernards, Rottweilers, Jack Russells, Labrador and Golden Retrievers, Pit bulls, Vizslas, German Shepherds and Schnauzers, along with multi breed groups like Planned Pethood, Save-a-Pet and You Lucky Dog. She has evaluated dogs for local pounds and humane societies. Carol has been a member of APDT (a trainers association) and is registered with the "AKC" as an evaluator for the Canine Good Citizen program, She has volunteered with the preschool Head Start program and Toledo Public Schools providing dog safety and pet care seminars.

I hope to certify many rescue dogs to increase their chances for adoption. My goal in training is not to win ribbons, but that people will enjoy their dogs like I do mine! A well-behaved dog makes good "PR" for all dogs.As a Christian I believe everyone is given talents and purpose and I believe this is my purpose in life. I am involved with this project to encourage responsible pet ownership and want to share my gift with as many people as possible.

John Brown, Trainer, Let's Train Dog Training

John is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer that teaches people how to train their dogs using Force-Free methods. His philosophy is based on building a positive relationship between a pet parent and their dog, allowing them to work as a team, instead of dictator and subject. He teaches that leadership is about controlling resources, not about pain, fear, force, and coercion, allowing dogs to think and learn, and not be afraid to do "wrong.

John is an honors graduate and mentor trainer for the Animal Behavior College of dog training, a Certified Advanced Pet Care technician, a Dogs & Storks licensed presenter, an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, a Professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, a Certified SAFER evaluator, and a Best Friends Animal Society Community Training Partner. John was previously the Training & Behavior Coordinator for the Toledo Area Humane Society where he established training and enrichment programs for the shelter dogs. John has been professionally training people and their dogs for six years.

"I'm involved in the Toledo PET Bull Project because I love helping people and we are making positive dog training techniques available to people who might not have the means necessary to hire a professional dog trainer. Many people's experience with dog training is focused on punishing away unwanted behaviors. We can show them how to focus on the behaviors they want, in a positive way. When people see it work and how easy it is, they are very happy and thankful. That is so gratifying to all of us on the project."

Vikki Lewis, Trainer

As a child, I had a “knack” for training tricks and basics, and have always wanted to work with animals, especially dogs.   Aside from  participating in classes, both as a student and assistant, and most recently teaching the Canine Good Citizen class at the Toledo Kennel Club; I have studied training and canine behavior through reading, videos, and attending presentations & seminars.  Most importantly, I have lots of “hand-on” experience,  spending nearly 5 years fostering for different rescue organizations, training dozens of dogs in basic good manners, potty training, and addressing numerous behavioral issues, in preparation for forever homes.

I love competing in AKC Obedience, Rally, CPE Agility, Barn Hunt and other canine performance activities. My obedience dog, Beau, has taken and passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, Therapy Dog International  test, and has earned titles in both Obedience and Rally.  Bad Jackie Brown, a Jack Russel Terrier mix, shows lots of potential for canine performance events, including Agility, Rally, Lure Coursing and Barn Hunt.  The newest addition to the Lewis pack, Deiter the puppy, is just starting his performance career and I am excited about training him for all of the above-mentioned sports; plus trying new things like, Herding, Carting or Tracking. 

I am glad to be a part of Toledo’s Pet Bull Project,  and sincerely believe a  balanced approach to training and improving behavior, will create positive and lasting relationships between people and their dogs.

Jonathan Farris, Trainer

Jonathan has a passion for working with dogs. He has been training dogs for over ten years. His specialty is working with special cases like aggression and fear as well as dogs that have come from hoarding situations. "They have to learn to be a dog" he says. Jonathan received his training while incarcerated at the Allen County Correctional Facility. He has trained over 500 dogs and once they started testing he has had over 200 pass their Canine Good Citizens test. Jonathan was a mentor to many young men while incarcerated earning him a Certificate of Appreciation from the facility. "I am proud to be a part of Toledo's Pet Bull Project. There is nothing more rewarding than working with people and their dogs so they can have the same appreciation for their dogs as I do".