Our Trainers

Professional, Experienced, Certified


Pam Yano, CPDT-KA, CTDI

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Pam is the owner of Enjoy Your Dog, and has over 25 years of experience training dogs. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI), and Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator. Pam prioritizes giving dog owners effective solutions so they can see improvement in a short amount of time. She uses positive reinforcement dog training because she knows that training your dog can be a fun experience, rather than a painful or stressful one. This keeps both the human and the dog happy, and can improve the relationship and bond you already have with your dog.

Therapy Dog Specialty

Pam has taught hundreds of puppy and dog obedience classes in Downer’s Grove, and specializes in training therapy dogs. She is a foster mom for Paws With a Cause (a non-profit for Assistance Dogs) and understands what it takes for a puppy to become a therapy dog. Pam is also confident working with dogs who have behavior issues, such as being leash reactive, anxious, or fearful with other dogs or people. Having trained horses and ponies at a young age, Pam can help both you and your dog using positive reinforcement methods no matter how big, strong, fearful, or tiny your dog is.

Keeping Training Fun & Effective

Pam has 3 labs of her own, as well as a human family, and understands the gifts and challenges of being a busy parent. She helps owners figure out how to fit dog training into their busy schedules in a way that is fun and that works! Using positive reinforcement dog training, Pam has trained one of her own dogs to pass the Canine Good Citizen program and become a therapy dog at the local library where he reads books with children. She has also titled another one of her dogs with his Advanced Trick Dog Title. She can’t wait to meet you and your dog so you can both start having fun and enjoying each other!

Professional Certifications & Affiliations

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer through CCPDT

  • Certified Evaluator through Therapy Dogs International

  • AKC S.T.A.R. and CGC Evaluator

  • AKC Trick Dog Instructor and Evaluator

  • Do More With Your Dog Instructor and Evaluator

  • Member of APDT and PPG 

 
 
 

Karla Paschon, ABCDT

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Karla is a professional dog trainer, certified through the Animal Behavior College (ABCDT). She has trained a variety of dogs and taught classes both in Downer’s Grove and Chicago. Karla has a deep understanding of dog communication and body language by serving as a playgroup leader for several dog daycare businesses.  She also enjoys using clicker training, which can often help speed up your dog’s learning process for both basic obedience and behavior issues.

Karla has a passion for working with collies. She even trained her own collie to become a Certified Therapy Dog through Therapy Dogs International and visited nursing and retirement homes together.  As a Collie Rescue volunteer, she also fosters rescue dogs and helps them through the transition to their forever home.  This frequently involves training as well as building trust in humans and creating a relationship bond. Karla believes seeing the joy a dog can bring to others can be very humbling, and that every day with your dog is a chance to learn something new and exciting.

 

Mindy Miller, BA

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Mindy has an expansive knowledge of dogs from her experience as a vet assistant, working at a doggy daycare, fostering puppies with shelters, and training dogs and puppies. She combines her experience and knowledge with her great sense of humor when she works with owners and their dogs, no matter what kind of behavior or training issues arise.

Mindy graduated from Hope College with a Bachelors in Biology.  She began volunteering with West Suburban Humane Society in 2007 and has fostered numerous puppies and kittens. Mindy has also trained multiple animal species in addition to dogs, including parakeets, parrots, mice, cats, birds of prey, goats and other farm animals, and big cats (lions and tigers and 1 bear OH MY!).  After spending 5 years working as a vet assistant, Mindy moved from the medical field to work at Doggie Depot, a local doggie daycare.  Her daily interactions with multiple breeds, sizes, and personalities at Doggie Depot have prepared her to know how to manage and train a variety of behaviors and types of dogs.  

Mindy’s life is run by Jessie and Jasper (2 Vizsla/Lab mixes), 3 cats, and Scamp (the Golden Child Corgi Mix).  You often see Scamp helping teach class and giving her spin on life on Facebook. 

 

Debbie Gardiner, CPDT-KA, CTDI

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Debbie is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI), Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator, and Stunt Dog Judge. Debbie teaches dog owners how to work with their puppy or dog on obedience, problem behaviors, tricks, beginning agility, Canine Good Citizen certification, stunt dog skills, Rally-FrEe, getting ready for a baby, and Therapy Dog Certification. 

She has been an educator for 32 years working in Champaign-Urbana and in the Northwest Suburbs for the past 18 years. Debbie has been working with dogs since she was 12 years old is happy to be living her passion as a certified professional dog trainer. 

Debbie's dogs, Cody and Eli have also been trained, certified, and titled with Debbie. Cody is a Mi-Ki, who earned his Canine Good Citizen title and took nosework classes.  Eli is a Maltese, who competed in agility and earned his MACH.  He also earned his Canine Good Citizen title and is certified as a therapy dog.  Eli and Debbie worked as a therapy dog team for 7 years.  He has retired from agility and his therapy work to now learn circus tricks! He has earned his Trick Dog Champion Title, AKC Trick Dog Performer Title, and Open Stunt Dog Title. Debbie believes dogs bring so much joy to life, and she hopes to help you experience that joy too.