AZ Dog Smart Academy is proud to say that we have hired the best certified professional dog trainers in Arizona for our Academy!
See below for a list of our most loved training instructors!
Will Bruner has worked professionally as an animal trainer since 1992 with a focus on zoos and exotic animals. In 1996 he started doing in-home dog training and animal behavior consultation second to his day to day work. He found the same principles he used on dolphins, tigers and birds of prey, transferred easily to helping people with their pets at home. This has led him to not only help dogs, but also conduct cat and bird training workshops as well. He believes strongly in the Canine Good Citizen program and has been an AKC Approved Evaluator since 2010. He has also competed in obedience and agility trials with his own dogs and most recently discovered the sport of Treibball. As part of the first US Treibball classes conducted in Colorado in 2010, Will went on to compete in the first sanctioned Treibball competition in Arizona in 2014. He is also certified as a judge and trainer for the American Treibball Association. Will is a professional member of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA). Will’s passion lies in bettering animals’ lives through training and better communication, whether they are in the zoo or your home. His philosophy on training is based on three basic principles, consistency, honesty and rewards. Training works best, not when you try to control your dog, but when you are communicating with them. Dogs need structure, challenges (both physical and mental), as well as praise to be happy and content.
Darcy is a longtime dog trainer with experience that includes teaching with the SPCA of Texas and private kennels in Texas. She was involved with the Texas Kennel Club, Petco, an Agility Club and the last 5 years with AZ Dog Sports. Her professional experience includes standup training and Training Director responsibilities for a large retailer. Darcy has attended numerous seminars by top name dog trainers and holds a Bachelor’s from University of North Texas. She has earned numerous titles on her dogs in Conformation, Obedience and agility venues. In addition she is a member of APDT, an AKC Canine Good Citizen administrator and holds her CPDT – KA certification.
Jaymie’s love for dogs started when she was still in diapers. She grew up around dogs, and always knew that she would make a career out of this passion. She began working with animals as a volunteer at the Phoenix Zoo. After joining the Arizona Dog Sports family in 2016, she attended and graduated from the Arizona Dog Smart Academy.
Jaymie became involved with training service dogs in high school, first raising and training a rescue dog for diabetic alert work through a high school class, and then volunteering with a local non-profit to raise a golden retriever for mobility assistance. Her passion for raising service dogs inspired her to attend and complete the Summer Service Dog Seminar at Bergin University of Canine Studies. She is excited to be back at Arizona Dog Sports as a trainer, and wants to share her love of positive reinforcement training with pet parents here in the valley.
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