AZ Dog Sports and AZ Dog Smart Academy are 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!
AZA, ABMA, AAZK Animal Trainer/Behaviorist
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.
David Michael Sanders
David is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed, Animal Behavior College Graduate, Member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Professional Member of APDT, and one of the most sought after behavioral consultants in Arizona. He began his career at Petco and soon realized, the dogs that needed the most help were unable to attend class due to behavioral issues. It was from there he studied under mentor trainers Sharon Witherspoon, a Victoria Stilwell affiliate and world renowned veterinary behaviorist Dr. Sophia Yin. David has written multiple articles for the American Animal Hospital Association as well as numerous online publications. He has also been featured on local television and radio promoting positive reinforcement training.
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.
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