We are grateful to these top-notch professionals for sharing their expertise in the development of our service dog education programs.
Heidi Meinzer, JD, CPDT-KA, CNWI
Heidi is an animal law attorney who practices in Alexandria, Virginia. She is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Certified Nose Work Instructor. Heidi serves on multiple boards, including for the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, as the Vice President of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies and the President of Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, Inc.
Gina Phairas BSc Comms, CTC
Gina is a central force behind dogbiz, the dog professional industry’s leading business consultancy, and a former instructor at the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers. Gina uses her experience and advertising background to support dog professionals by leading dogbiz’s talented consulting team and running dogbiz University. She also regularly shares dog business wisdom at dog training conferences and seminars, including those held by PPG, APDT, and as Clicker Expo faculty.
Pam Nashman CPDT-KA, CTDI, AKC CGC Evaluator
Pam Nashman is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a Certified Trick Dog Instructor, and the owner of All About Dogs, where she offers a variety of training options for pet dogs including specialty classes for reactive dogs. Pam is recognized for her high level of expertise in dog behavior. She has lectured to various groups on dog behavior and has served as an expert witness in cases involving animal cruelty and dangerous dogs. Pam has a growing interest in the field of scent detection work. She was the first trainer in the United States to be trained by a Certified ZOS instructor, and she modified the approach to create her TONS of fun! (Target Object Nose Search) program for pet owners.
Kelly Spring CBCC-KA
Kelly is certified in dog behavior consulting. She is has helped thousands of pet owners in her training and behavior consulting practice. Kelly worked in close collaboration with veterinary behaviorists and was referred to by veterinarians, shelters and rescue groups. Kelly also has a background in marketing and writing, both of which she uses in her work for the SDC program.
Nancy Liebhauser CPDT-KA, CTDI, AKC CGC Evaluator
Nancy is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and a Certified Trick Dog Instructor. She has taught pet dog training classes, sport dog classes, trick classes and worked with dogs with serious behavior problems. Nancy pursues her passion by continuously learning, expanding her skill set and training her dogs to high levels. Her Australian Shepherd, Gambit, has earned an Advanced Trick Dog Title, a Fenzi TEAM1 title, and numerous ribbons and placements in Agility. She is training her Golden Retriever, Pixel, in Agility and Rally. Nancy trained her blind Golden Retriever, Clover, to earn an Advanced Trick Dog Title and an AKC CGC.